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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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    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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    Nicole Nixon - 2012-01-16
    Recently my husband bought home a 8 inch pengasius from a local petstore that had him in a 10 gal tank. The fish had been there for about a week because the owner couldn't care for him any longer. My hubby took pity on his sweet soul. He hasn't eaten for the first three days we had him and is very thin. My hubby had to force feed him gently. We are hoping he will be ok. He doesn't bang around the tank and he isn't as shy as some pengasius have been described here. He likes to hang out on the side of our tank. We bought him two little pengasius friends hoping they might school together and help him to feel more comfortable. Anyone have any suggestions for us, either regarding forcefeeding or how to help him want to eat. We are really trying and hoping we can save this beautiful creature.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
      It normally takes a new feish a few days to acclimate to his new surroundings. It is sorta like the cat hiding in the closet or under the bed when you first move. If he wasn't sick then he should come around in a few days. Good luck and sounds like you are doing good.
    charles - 2011-09-10
    Want to buy large pangasius catfish.

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    • floyd - 2011-09-17
      make sure you are willing to own quite a large tank for them
    • Anonymous - 2012-01-13
      Yeah you need a huge tank when they are full grown. They will be about 3 or 4 feet. In the wild they get to 6 to 7 feet. I would say 800 gallons and up or a pond
    Jtag - 2011-06-29
    I have an Iridescent Shark Catfish in a 90 gallon tank. I have raised the fish since it was a baby and now he is about 12 years old. He comes with tank and is any one interested in adoption of a 2 feet long catfish?

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    • Mitchell - 2011-08-09
      Hey I have a 360 gallon tank with 6 ID sharks that I have adopted from Pet Centers and people who know nothing about them and take them in.... they get too big and everyone just takes them back to fish store.. I take very good care of them they school with same size Albino IDS which I have 5 of they would love to have a friend
    • Amanda - 2011-09-23
      Where are you located? I have a large tank with Alligator Gar and I'm looking for something big to keep with them.
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    Cindy - 2011-10-28
    I have two African Feather Catfish and I cannot find any information about breeding except everyone says they cannot be breed in captivity - well I believe mine have tried twice now and I have had them for about a year. I purchased them from a pet store nearly 8 inches long and they were in a tank with much smaller featherfin fish. The first time I believe they breed I discovered something that looked like a very large pea size round 'egg' floating in my tank - the edges were brick red with what appeared to be an abundance of minute clear to white looking moving stuff then as I was trying to put it in my floating netted fry cage it burst. Now recently one of my featherfin has been displaying an unusual swimming pattern of twirling every so often before resting in its favorite place - this evening while looking at the tank I noticed lots of nearly micro size small beads on the side of one of the their caves. Oh, they have been friendlier than usual lately too. Well I removed the cave to investigate because I thought something was on it that should not be when I started thinking that mayby my fish layed eggs there. I entered a search for information and came to this website. I do not know if these were eggs or not - I am so dissappointed if they were - I am assuming they will breed again if I maintain my tank properly which I am trying to do but I am an amateur - I have had my tank for only a year now. I was searching for a photo of what their eggs are supposed to look like, but all I get is that they are egg layers. Can anyone please help me to know if these were and I really mean were eggs or something that should not be in the tank - ?I really need to know because I want to do the best I can to take care of these fish, plus if they really breed why when all the comments I read are "not in captivity" - they are beautiful fish - one gets really dark black with even darker spots and the other not as dark - they are gentle fish in a tank with angel fish - they will avoid swimming in an area with the angel fish if the angel fish are in a group - the angel fish will swim where ever they want with no regard to surrounding fish, but are group swimmers - so - please send a comment if you know about the featherfin fish and what I might have messed up by removing their cave - or if it was something that should not have been in it - I felt the substance on the side of the cave and it was like micro size cavier and felt like wet beads - not round in shape but oval vertically. If they were eggs I would like help with knowing what else to look for so i can be prepared the next time they breed - if it was not I would like help with taking care of my tank -sincerest appreciation for anyone return comments.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-31
      I couldn't find any information on breeding these guys in an aquarium. They are bred in captivity but somehow they do it hormonally. I don't exactly know how that works. However, females can have eggs. If she hasn't bred then the eggs wouldn't be fertile so you could be seeing just infertile eggs. You might be interested in just doing a Google search on hormonal breeding Feather Fin. There are many articles on that.
    • Rob - 2012-01-08
      Mine's black with a line of white dots. Has become friendly over the years and comes out often. When he/she was younger it would never come out but I guess after 4+ years of seeing me... it's great to watch I have 3 clown loaches also with it and when they come on his side of the tank he flares up and takes chase. Also they wait upside down at the surface of the tank for smaller fish to swim over its mouth and sucks them in.
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    Josh - 2011-09-27
    Do silver tip sharks NEED brackish or saltwater as they get older or is it possible for them to survive in fresh water their whole lives?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-27
      Silver Tip sharks are actually brackish water and in the Animal World Article Silver Tip tells you how to do that.
    • Katie - 2012-01-08
      Yes silvertip sharks do need brackish water as juveniles they can survive in freshwater but it is best to keep them in a brackish tank with a salt content of 1.005 and this should be increased gradually to 1.015 or above as adults this is for their long term health.
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    Huff - 2012-01-02
    What are the dimensions of a 1,500 gallon aquarium?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-03
      A 1500 gallon tank is usally made 8 feet long by 6 feet deep and 4 feet wide. However, there are no SPECIFIC dimensions as you could have one made that is perfectly square or very deep. Regardless, make sure if you purchase something this size, that it is extremely well made or professionally made. Some have broken with pressure of water when not done correctly.

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