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James - 2010-02-26
Hey. These catsharks are really cool fish. I never knew they were brackish! My dad had some of these a while back. Oh yea, they do not get up to 24 inches, they only get up to 12, usually 6-8.

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  • CichlaDude - 2010-05-18
    I don't want to sound rude but you're wrong...I have 2 that are over 12 inches. Go check out monster fish keepers and you will see.
  • marko - 2011-08-05
    Hey thanks for the info
  • lvmblfkdmb - 2011-08-28
    Mine are 13 in.
  • Minisip - 2011-10-27
    While this fish *can* get up to 24 inches in size, it is actually quite rare. I have kept several of these over the years in various tanks and setups and the largest I have had was 15 inches long. Most of them actually topped out at approx. 10 inches. I've kept them in larger and smaller setups, and even with lots of room to grow and feeding regimens geared towards growth, I've only had the one that hit 15 inches; (150 Gallon setup). Normally I'll get them as babies, move them from fresh to brackish, eventually ending with them fully converted to a marine setup as in the wild, they are born in freshwater, as they move to the coast, salt gets in the water putting them into brackish, then they find their way to sea, spending periods at sea, eventually returning to spawn.
  • Carrie - 2011-12-30
    James, I agree with you. They are cool, and I own four that are three years old, and they're only one foot long
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Dan - 2011-12-22
How should I feed my 2 corys? I have 6 little glow fish that eat a lot. I feed the glow fish tropical flakes. I feed them all twice a day and make sure I don't overfeed as well. And recently I bought specially for my corys sinking Shrimp pellets medium size but I think they are a little big and HARD for them to eat. The shrimp package got a bronze cory on it so that's why I got it and I read they love it. I also got freeze dried blood worms for the corys but as soon as I put a few in the water the glow fish eat them and leave behind the ones that are too big.
Would someone help me out on how to feed these little cute fish having glow fish around ? and suggestions on the sinking pellets?
Thank you!

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Dan - 2011-12-21
I have an Albino Cory I love very much. He is by himself with 5 glow little fish that don't mind him at all. Should I get another Cory so he has a friend? or should I keep him alone? what should I do? Are Cory lonely fish? or they like company?
Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    Can't say for sure cuz I never asked one but breeding is an interesting process with these fellas. I think everything likes company for some reason but he is probably fine on his own. What would you prefer is the question?
  • David Brough - 2011-12-21
    Cories love company! Get as many as you can without overstocking the aquarium :) They are a great community fish so there shouldn't be any worries about compatibility with your other fish.
  • Dan - 2011-12-22
    Thank you guys! That is exactly what I needed to know; I got a second cory and it's great to see them lay next to each other. My fav little fish in the world now.
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kevere - 2011-12-18
I have a baby pangasius catfish and ever since i bought it, it hasn't eaten anything.

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danyelle - 2010-05-15
We've had our cat for about 17 years, his eyes are almost totally opaque. He seems to be doing okay, but I think he's blind, we didn't "see" him often for about 2 years, now he's always out of his castle and he just stops swimming to "nap" quite a bit during a day. Should I be concerned?

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  • motasm - 2010-05-28
    Normal they stick on parts of aquarium and stay on it until it's clean so enjoy clean tank and when it's on the glass look at the tongue if it's moving the tongue it's healthy!
  • Garry - 2011-12-08
    sounds like a fungus infection to me. i lost my 8 inch bichir to similar symptoms, he went from being perfectly healthy to dead in 3 days! theses cat fish are tough though........my raphael is flourishing since i switched to sand!
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Mitch Penner - 2011-10-04
My 1.25 inch new albino Cory catfish is acting strange! Last week I went to Petco and purchased this red eyed little white cat. I have an eclectic 10 gallon fish tank featuring 1 neon blue dwarf gourami, 4 zebras, a Chinese sucker, a ghost shrimp, and a speckle bristle nose sucker... 2 plants... My tank is thriving and temp and water quality are pristine BUT my Cory is displaying very weird behavior. Sometimes he is active and seems normal, but other times he is hidden lethargically in the corner bottom of the tank. Once I thought he was dead he was floating head first in the corner of the tank almost lodged between the heater and side of tank unnaturally. It seems to become completely vertical along with the side of the tank but I'm unsure. Am I tripping or can this fish have weird behaviors?

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  • nm123 - 2011-10-16
    There might not be enough of corys in there, corys are known to hide when there is only one in the tank, try mixing different or the same breed of cory and that should do the trick.
  • Marsha C. Mais - 2011-11-15
    I've noticed that with my 4 as well. It's kinda of a cycle. They'll be really active one day and really calm the next. I think it's based on their feeding cycle or something. No worries. I've even had mine chill out upside down and be just fine. They're silly little buggers and I love 'em for it.
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Animal-World info on Spotted Raphael Catfish
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yomi420 - 2011-11-12
Hi I have 2 spotted raphael catfish I just want to know what are some of the things they like to eat?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-13
    The Spotted Raphael Catfish (Agamyxis pectinifrons) is a carnivore, so try to feed them protein-based foods. They especially like live foods such as bloodworms, tubifex and earthworms. But often frozen foods will work just as well. Also try foods that float to the bottom, including flakes and tablets meant for bottom feeders.
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Mari - 2009-01-18
we recently purchase a red-tail cat fish. He seemed fine at first, eating a lot, but lately he won't eat. Can anyone tells us why that would be? we have been feeding him what the petstore told us to feed him. It's been a few days, but now he does not seem to be interested. Please help!!!!

mari.

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  • Stewart - 2010-12-13
    he may have been over fed or may not be feeling so good, try some veal beef heart fresh at the supermarket cut small, if he does not eat that then get back to us on treatment of RTC
  • Cyrus - 2011-06-01
    I have two redtails "Ace" which is about 9 inches long and "Big Red" who is over a foot long. I feed them shrimp,talapia, worms, and very far and between I might give them a feeder. I find that they eat better being fed every couple days instead of twice a day or everyday. I also do a 50% water change every two weeks and a 75% change once a month. They are in a in door pond/ huge aquarium but clean water is key to keeping them healthy and happy. good luck
  • amanda - 2011-11-12
    I have an etc too. When he's being a fussy eater I throw in a few feeder goldfish. They love to chase their prey and even if they don't have an appetite they'll eat the fish because of the thrill of the hunt.
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Animal-World info on Striped Raphael Catfish
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Dustin - 2011-08-05
I have two of these cats I bought several months ago. Both fish are honestly more trouble than they are worth as they have become stuck in EVERY decor item that has been in the tank forcing me to break 2 of these items JUST to get them out so they wouldn't die.(The fish having not eaten for over 2 weeks or more) So far their behavior is as follows: Find the smallest tightest place they can fit into wedge themselves in there and not move till you turn off all the lights in the room. I do NOT recommend these fish to anyone who enjoys watching fish that actually move. They have not helped to keep the tank clean and honestly do nothing but sit in a single spot ALL day and most nights as well. I've spent more money replacing things they have gotten stuck in than these two fish are worth. Also they do NOT get along with a Pleco the few times the fish would move was to chase the Pleco away from their hiding spot or chase him away from his food so they could eat it. Again I'm sure some people enjoy these fish but I do NOT recommend getting these fish unless you have 100% natural decor and don't mind not seeing the fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-06
    Glad you told me - thanks for the info.
  • Lori - 2011-10-24
    I have two Striped Raphael Cats (6 plus inches) and one Spotted Raphael Cat (4 inches), as well as a Pleco(6 plus inches) in a 55 gal tank. My Cats I have had for several years - the Striped are all over the bottom of the tank - cruising back and forth. The Spotted does hide, but I have hollowed out wood to accomodate him. The only conflict I ran into was when I rearranged the tank decor - the Cats were very unhappy at first. The pleco and the striped cats argued over territory after the move - although they eventually settled down, it did take several months. If you like bottom feeders, these are very fun to own. In my tank, the striped are very visible fish.
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yohseeme - 2011-10-18
Is a glass ball style tank not suitable to have a Bristlenose? I feed them wafer twice a day but just making cloudy water and Bristlenose is not eating much...hope to learn water change cycle and feeding for it, if I can get advise...thanks.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-18
    The minimum recommended aquarium size for a Bristlenose Pleco, is 30 gallons. If your fish does not consume all of its wafers, it is advisable to remove the excess food from the aquarium. To keep the aquarium clean, a 25% water change per week, should suffice.
  • yohseeme - 2011-10-19
    Thank you Alex so much! I'll get bigger tank and transfer them to make it more comfortable and follow your advise ^.^
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