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brian - 2011-01-22
Hi I have a red tail cat fish and it won't stop swimming up on the glass rapidly swimming back and forth I don't know what to do he in like in a 56 tank it is a new one just got him in it but he was doing the same in the old one just started doing so I got a new tank 56 and he still is doing it what do I do? Is it the hp of the tank what do I do he barely ever stops swimming on the back on the glass looking like he wont's out of the tank lol ? plez help me

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    It sounds like it may be flukes. One of the characteristics of this disease is unusual racing around the tank. See this link: Flukes disease
  • Chris - 2011-05-27
    I have a 14 inch and he swims up and down during feeding time....but my retail shovelnose is smaller and I do notice him doing what you describe...but what worked for me is throwing in some dry baby shrimp and he eats and calms down....but it should be okay these fish are sometimes playful
  • amanda - 2011-11-12
    This is exactly what my lungfish was doing before he died. Sounds like its cotton wool disease. It effects them from the inside out. But not to worry! My etc was in the same tank and he was able to recover from it with the help of medication I bought at the pet store. I used maricyn 1 and 2. Try to get the liquid form it works better than the powder. He will likely lose his appetite for a week or 2. Just give him feeder gold fish he should eat them. Make sure you take everything out of the tank and clean it really well. Best of luck to you and your fish!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-19
    Any other symptoms?
  • Hank - 2014-10-12
    mine did the same thing, i was told by an exotic fish dealer. This is them searching for food they have a voracious appetite. once its lil belly gets filled he'll calm down.
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Larry - 2009-11-23
I have 2 featherfins in a 55 gallon tank with a few zebra danios, glow-fin tetras, black tetras, and 2 golden algae eaters. They all get along just fine. I did have the same problems others mentioned with neon tetras disappearing, but only with neons. Featherfins just like the taste of neons apparently. The best way to introduce new fish to your tank with the territorial featherfins is to rearrange the tank. Move the plants and rocks around at the same time that you add the new fish. The confusion makes them think they are in a new area (which has the new fish), and the territory is no longer theirs. It has worked great for me for all fish except the neons. Just don't add neons to a tank with featherfins and you should be okay.

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  • Ryan - 2010-10-17
    I've actually been able to keep neons with featherfins successfully. I currently have 6 neons in my 55 gallon aquarium with 2 featherfins. But they were raised with many small fish which included 5 neons in my old 20 gallon aquarium. They usually don't get too aggressive towards bottom dwellers, but from time to time will spar with each other around the tank. But I have had 3 out of 7 kuli loaches die lately, but I don't know if it was from them or old age, but I hope you have greater luck with smaller fish with the guys!
  • Ren - 2013-01-24
    My featherfin ate 14 fresh shrimp in two days. Every weekend I would buy at least 10 and couldn't figure out where they were going. I owned it for a year before he ever came out of his cave so I call it Houdini, it had tripled in size when he finally showed up. It gets against the highest center piece and just hovers in a perfect vertical 90 and lets the bubbles go up his belly. Very enjoyable now that I see it, very playful with my 7' placo, they are like bff's, inseperable.
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S Raizada - 2014-10-11
Hi....I have a pond at home (approx 12feet X 8feet X 2.5feet deep). I have 6 red carps (four are 14 inches length and the other two are apprx 8inches). 2 months ago my neighborhood petshop guy told me that one of his clients had given him a 16 inch ID shark since it was too large for his aquarium. I brought that irid home and put it in my tank/pond ..... all seems fine as the irid is doing great and has taken well to the new habitat. I am wondering if there is a possibility of the irid causing harm to the smaller red carps ??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Nice size pond. I doubt the Irid will cause any problems as it is a pretty shy fish. The carp, which are peaceful too, are actually the ones that would be the most likely to be pushy as they are social, active... and love to get to the food. But I don't think you'll have problems with any of them, you offer plenty of space for all.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
my corydoras went mental and kept swimming forward 24 7

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-13
    Water conditions will do that sometimes.  I would do an amonia test.
  • nancy - 2013-07-24
    My corys are a lot more active mid tank now. One of them has turned bluish and spends time with his mouth near the surface in the back corner. The other one entices it away to play but I think the blue one is slowly dying. I think the blue is from low oxygen. This has been going on for several weeks now. There is lots of oxygen in the tank from 2 filters and a power head too. Have yours changed color?
  • Kim - 2014-10-09
    You may have a high PH level.
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Spiff - 2009-01-26
Please, I hope nobody reading this decides to stock their tanks like some of the other commenters. 2 of these catfish with any other large fish in a 29gal is too many. 1 bala shark can't live in a 29 gal, let alone the 2 + plecos + synos that one person describes. Once these guys reach adulthood, they really ought to have a 55 gal or bigger to explore. Even if you only have 1.

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  • Mike - 2014-08-17
    My. feather fin is 2yrs old and he is 3-4 inches, he has 5 tank mates that are upside down catfish, in a 30 gallon. Is this adequate or not?
  • Psshh - 2014-08-18
    I have heard much about syno cats needing lots and lots of space. Based on my research and word of mouth, I would agree with Spiff. I personally only keep 1 syno in my 55. His tankmates include malawi mbuna cichlids and he does great! He is 6mns old and currently 4-5 inches in size.
  • Mike - 2014-08-20
    Pertaining to 'my' featherfin length being only 3 in a half inches, is 30galls adequate?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-21
    I'm guessing Mike, that it depends upon how fast your fish grows. As it gets bigger, you'll want to upgrade.
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-21
    He's a little over two years old, 3 in a half inches, with five upside down catfish in a 30 gal. Is this adequate?
  • Mike - 2014-08-24
    ?????
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Amy - 2014-09-25
I think I may have a problem. I've just introduced a 9' plecco (Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps) to my 50 gallon, well established aquarium that is also home to three 4' goldfish. It's been day four, and he sleeps all day in his favorite cave, and for the first two nights, I could watch him darting around as soon as the lights went off. These last few nights, he's been a little sluggish getting out of his cave, so I've been placing his algae wafers in the top hole of his cave to make sure he was getting enough to eat. The resulting mess confirmed he was indeed eating, but tonight, as I turned out the light, he was again shy to get out, and when he finally did, I noticed he seemed thinner and less active than before. I've tested the water chemistry, the temperature is a steady 72°, and the tank is free from filth. I was told by the shop where I bought him from that he was an owner trade in, as he got too big for their 20 gallon tank. He was a very healthy specimen! Could anyone shed some light on this behavior and weight loss issue for me? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-26
    Hard to say what's going on, he may still be adjusting. It wouldn't hurt to do a water change, especially since you're sure he's been eating, because all that food may be putting quite a load on the tank. I also suggest you test your ammonia, it can jump when the nutrient load is increased because the biofilter takes time to adjust to a higher load.
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Kristina - 2014-09-10
I got a silver tip shark about a month ago and I have it in a 5 gal tank. The fish mostly just sits in one corner of the tank and doesn't do much. why? is it because he's stressed or lonely? and how often do I need to clean/replace water in the tank. new at this fish thing.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    It sounds like you fish is very unhappy, probably because the tank is way too small. If you check out the aquarium setup section for this fish, you'll get an idea of what to do to keep him not only healthy, but happy:)
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Caroline - 2014-09-07
I have two Striped Dora catfish and one spotted talking catfish in my tank. I got them when they were all very small, only about an inch long. My two striped catfish are now 6-7 inches in length (one is slightly bigger than the other). My spotted catfish is about 5 inches, it is also quite noisy. I have had all three of them now for going on 12 years. I was so worried about moving them when I moved house 4 years ago, but they are still going strong. I have not had any issues with any of them eating smaller fish, in fact I have a group of Pygmy Corydoras (my favourite catfish) that they get along fine with.

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Tan Hui Chun - 2009-11-26
Hi, I wish to ask some question. How come my red tail catfish easily die? For example, I just buy one today, it die after two or three days? Thanks.

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  • Fishman - 2010-03-26
    All specimens of this fish are wild caught and they don't fair well being shipped if you absolutely have to buy one then buy them from a place with an arrive alive guarantee. Also how big is the tank they're in these are messy fish and a juvenile has a 50 gal minimum but they will grow and they will grow fast it probably got stunted and died or it had parasites when you got it.
  • Nick T. - 2010-07-23
    It could be many things, but it is probably the water temperature or the PH level. The temperature for a Red-Tailed Catfish should remain between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit(21 to 26 degrees Celsius), although it may vary a few degrees either way. The PH level should also remain between 6.5 and 7.5. I hope this has helped some!
  • Josh - 2011-07-18
    No way dude most 55 gallons are 48 inches long, and that is 4 feet and a redtailed catfish can grow 5 feet but grows 3 feet at a minimum 3 feet= 36 inches, that would mean your catfish could not even turn around, not only that but he wouldnt even fit in the tank
  • Jerry j - 2013-03-24
    I have a large redtail catfish about 51/2 inch. I put him in a 125 gallon tank with my blue channel catfish which is about 6/7 inch. But noe my red tail has white spots all over him and he don't really move around much. Wat can I do to save him before its to late
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-24
    Jerry, I would raise temp and treat with a little aquarium salt.  Or can treat with ich medication.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-24
    Generally if the spots look like it is sprinkled with salt, then it could be ich, but if they are larger it could be fungus. Be very careful when treating catfish as they are scaleless. They can be treated with pimafix or melafix but should not be treated with potassium permanganate or copper based medications. (Many ich medications have copper, so be sure you check the ingredients before you treat.)  Malachite green or formalin can be used at one half to one fourth the recommended dosage. All medications should be used with caution.
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-05
    I had a redtailed shovel nose catfish in a 20 gal for 3 months and he was just fine he is now in a bigger tank and growing
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Anonymous - 2014-08-12
I got a Beautiful Striped Rapheal Catfish, and 24 hours late one of my Green Tiger Barbs is completely... Did he eat him???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    It could be that the barb was a snack, unusual but it could happen.
  • Toni-Ann Mistretra - 2014-08-26
    Definitely eats other fish. We have had our striped Raphael catfish for around 17 years. He/she has gone through a variety of expensive feeder fish including barbs, neons, cichlids, and a ghost fish! Feeding it shrimp pellets and other high protein foods along with algae pellets or discs will help, but no guarantees. We renamed ours Cano ;)
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