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Tyler - 2010-01-02
One suggestion to keep with these if your looking to stay in the amazon region is cichlids, like oscars and jack dempseys, which is what I have in my tank. They don't bother each other and they just go about their business.

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  • jessica - 2011-09-13
    I have cichlids in my tank along with my Raphael. They have been together for about 3 years now. About a week ago we heard alot of noise in the middle of the night, we knew it was our catfish, the next morning his stomach was HUGE.....he ate a cichlid. Why would he do that? Is that normal?
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-06
    what type of cichlid was it?
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shellshell - 2012-01-31
Ok I got a feather finned catfish and he is being a bully. He's small and I bought the pellets like was suggested, but he keeps chasing my bala sharks and my red tailed black sharks... I'm not happy... will this continue?? Because the rest of the fish get along... he seems to be the only problem!!!!!!

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  • Kevin - 2012-02-07
    Hey, they are aggressive towards their own kind, not really towards other fish but they are territorial. Can you tell me tank size and also add some bigger cave for him. I have a 6 inch featherfin in a 90 gallon with african cichlids redtail shark and other catfish but i have plenty of hiding spots and it doesnt bother any fish at all.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-08
    Most likely, the chasing will continue. Perhaps, you should consider removing him from the aquarium, or re homing him. That would ensure a more stress free environment in your aquarium!
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Babs - 2012-01-14
I have two iridescent sharks 13 and 15 yrs old, 12 and 14 in. long. I have had them forever! They had outgrown their 55 gal tank and I tried to re-home them but after getting them into a new home my husband and I realized we did not want to give them up. So we went to our new friend and got our fish back, replaced them in their 55 gal tank and went shopping. They developed stress related ich which we treated with melafix in the 55 gal tank while we set up their new home. About three weeks later on Christmas morning they got their present and were moved into their new home. They got stressed and again had to be treated for ich. They were fine for about a week after that but then the smaller shark Achilles began to fade from dark gray to a very pale gray and developed a yellow coloring behind the eyes and on the fins. The water has been tested only slightly high in ammonia we are adding bacteria but the yellow coloring has lasted 10 days now. They eat fine and are active as always, I don't if the gender of either but they have always gotten along fine. Anyone ever see this yellow coloring before?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-15
    Thank you Toby for your input. We are trying. Some days Achilles, named after my attempt at re-homing because he/she was bitten on the tail by the resident jack dempsey even tho it was much smaller, seems to be re-gaining the normal dark gray color. I couldn't help hope/wonder if the yellow coloring had anything to do with mating. Last night and today I have noticed a new behavior, Achilles swims under Hercules and nudges with his head. It does not appear an aggressive move, guess I will just have to wait and see.
  • adam - 2012-01-28
    yes it will take a while for it to go away my shark had it well both one died but the other lived it will be fine if not go to the petstore you bought it at and ask what is happening hope they feel better(:
  • Babs - 2012-02-05
    Well, so far Achilles and Hercules are fine. Achilles still has some yellow tint to his fins and the yellowish color behind both eyes but is a little darker gray again. Still not as dark as Hercules, or as dark as he was before the move, but both are very active and eating very well. We have moved all of the tank mates from the 55 gal. to the 150 gal. everyone is happy. And now we get to go and buymore fish for the 55 gal but not ones that get too big this time. (:
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Anonymous - 2012-02-02
Hi, um, my senegal bichir is in love with my pleco and I am very confused. P.S. my senegal bichir even brings the pleco its food if it isn't close enough to the hiding place!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-02
    AHH doesn't make much difference if you are confused - they don't seeem to be. No one tells an animal/fish/bird how to behave and they frequently behave outside what we think is the normal for the little fella. My daughters dog (big one) sleeps with the dwarf rabbit. My Queen (conure) is in love with my macaw. They're happy - why worry.
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Captain salah - 2012-01-30
Hello,I have 6 albino cory,they are the best (cleaning). My advice keep in groups, minimum of 6 or more .

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Stephanie - 2012-01-28
I purchased two of these beautiful fish at PetSmart and they died within ten days. The girl in the fish department did not know anything
about them at all. I realize now that the water for my angel fish is too soft for these sharks.
Does anyone have suggestions about similar sharks thsat would stay smaller and go better in a soft water environment?

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Melanie Shepperson - 2011-05-02
I have had my Catfish for about 9 months now. He is very inactive and hides away all the time. He also doesn't seem to be growing in size. He looks to me as if he is the same size as the day I got him (5cm). Is there something I can feed him that will help him grow? I am afraid that he is not receiving enough food.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Attached is an article on your catfish by Animal World - just click on it. The thing that jumps out at me is the fact they are nocturnal. They are most active at night. The article also goes into feeding and what to feed. I think it will help a lot. OK?
    Let us know if the guy is busy at night....
  • Vannah - 2011-07-11
    Mine is a pretty slow grower as well. I bought my raphael 2 yrs ago and he has only grown about an inch. They are nocturnal so mine hides away during the day and at late night he will pop out and swim around looking for food. I feed mine blood worms and dry flakes. Leaving the light in the tank on overnight too discourages them to swim around. Plus leaving it on encourages algae to grow.
  • Hightwr - 2011-11-20
    I had a bit of trouble getting my raphael to eat at first tried a few types of go to foods for carnivores with no luck. Then I picked up a pack of hikari sinking carnivore pellets and he started eating like mad. I've had him 4 yrs now and he's about 6.5" long, and fairly fat. He eats 3-4 of the pellets every other day and is quite active around the tank. Big change from tubifex/bloodworms.
  • Katie-Fish - 2012-01-28
    I think I know why Melaine. When I bought mine the man said they only stay really small and they take quite a while to grow to theer full size of about 15cm, so, its probably just taking his time, though, as I said, they do take upto 5 years to grow to full length! Hope this helps.
Katie-Fish - 2012-01-28
I bought my Chocolate Catfish yesterday. I have a new plant growing in one corner of my tank. It loves to just lay an rest in the plant. They say its nocturnal, but, I see mine all the time! Great fish, deffinatly one to buy! They get on great in my tank!

-6Ol, 1 pleco, 2 golden sucking loach, 1 chocolate catfish, 16 neon tetras, 2 rummy-nose, 6 penguin tetras, 7 red-eye tetras, 5 guppies + a number of snails.

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yohseeme - 2011-12-17
I just got a male peppermint bristlenose today and it has been chased and harassed by female brown bristlenoses (2 of them) whole day.... The peppermint male looks a bit panicking and breathing heavily some time and not eating you think this is not good environment?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-17
    Probably not a good environment. Harassment will cause stress and eventually kill the fish. Best to separate them or get a larger aquarium to keep harassment at a minimum.
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nm123 - 2012-01-17
Can I put these in a 30 gallon tank wide or will they end up dead? I did have an albino cory cat in the same tank and it died with in 6 months

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    You should be fine with this fella in a 30 gallon. They grow to about 4 inches. Is this the only fish you have in the tank though? Make sure you check tank conditions.

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