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Hannah - 2014-01-23
Hi me and my dad own a tank and my dad in particular is very fond of catfish and has owned many types over the years. After our chocolate talking cat fish died we bought another baby and after some time in the tank he got his fin caught in the wood. His left fin was ripped off completely including bone. After a little while he managed to rip his stump that was left off as all you could see was clearly bone and over 3 or 4 months he grew it back. He now has two complete working fins. Has anyone heard of this before as i cant find any thing on them growing back their fins and iv asked many people. It was amazing i must say as we watched week by week the fin growing back

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    That is a really cool story. I know fins can grow back, but usually they will only do so if the soft tissues are affected, this is the first time I ever heard of regrowing after the bone is damaged too/ Very cool and I wish you guys and your tank all the best!
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RB - 2014-01-20
My Featherfin Synodontis is happily housed in my 55-gal with striped leporinus, clown loach, bala shark, golden algae eater, pack of turquoise rainbowfish and my little snowball pleco, which thankfully is not threatened by my featherfin. It's very territorial as expected but through all the years (2014 marks 15 years for 'Felix the cat'!) I've never had an issue of missing fish or aggressive behavior, so a great addition to any large community tank.

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brent samson - 2014-01-16
my silvertip catfish shark is swimming at the top of my tank back and forth all the time why is this

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-17
    It may be that the tank has low oxygen. Check your filtration to make sure it is working properly and you have good water movement at the surface for oxygen exchange. Also check the temperature...  higher the water temperature the less oxygen the tank will have.
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Peggy - 2014-01-12
I have cory albino cat fish swimming at top half of tank. Had water check several times at pet say it is good. I bought power head think might be oxygen level problem. I can' t get temp down past 80 degree. I unplug the heater. Is any one had this problem before what can I do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    The higher the temperature, the less oxygen in the tank. So I would agree that is probably why the fish is swimming at the surface.
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alex - 2014-01-09
I have a RTC about 8' long in a 4 foot 22' wide tank and he hasn't been eating. I fed him anchovies and earth worms but he spits it back out what can I do to make him eat?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-09
    He may just be bored, perhaps you could try varying his diet. For example you could try some frozen bloodworm cubes, shrimps, or silversides to name a few. Maybe look for some pelleted food for carnivores too.
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daniel strenke - 2014-01-01
I just bought two red tailed catfish. l put them in my 10 gallon tank for now will they be Ok in it or should I put them in my big tank right away? My big tank is 220 gallons with really big oscars .

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I love these fish, but I see some serious problems ahead. The Red-tailed Catfish might be fine in the 10 gallon for a couple of weeks (I'm assuming they are just 3-4' right now), but they grow very quickly. They can eventually get to be as much as 53' in length, and a 2000 gallon tank is recommended. Most aquarists simply can't accommodate them because of their necessary tank size.  Putting them in the Oscar tank is another problem. Oscars are great fish, very personable and fun to keep, but they simply aren't community oriented. They will kill other tankmates so are best kept singly, or as a pair.
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Lisa - 2013-12-30
i have a Striped Raphael Catfish and just lately its seems to have white stuff coming off him, could this be his protective slime? He still seems active and eating is normal. I've asked a few aquariums and they don't know what it is, has anyone got any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It sounds like it could be shedding mucus. This is indicative that something may be wrong with your water. Do a water change, also check that your ph and Hardness levels are within the right ranges for this species (ph Range: 5.8-7.0 and Hardness Range: 4 - 18 dGH).
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Aimee - 2013-12-24
I have a redtail catfish. He was in 1 of my outside ponds, i live in New Orleans, this past week the weather got pretty cold, i just noticed the heaters broke, he was barely breathing but still alive i brought him to 1 of my inside tanks with my south american fish, can he be saved? or is it too late?? please help!!! he is too big and beautiful for me to give up on!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    The Redtailed catfish is a really beauty and it sounds like you've rescued him just in time. Still only time will tell if he will be fine, but you did the right thing. Let us know how it goies!
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Simone Konieczny - 2013-02-16
My Spotted Raphael Catfish are, as of October 2012, 27 years old. The next one is 24 and the youngest one is now 19 years old. I find most web sites say 'your lucky if they live past 7 years'. Apparently that cannot be normal except if the fish aren't well looked after. I got all 3 fish from different sources at less than one inch in size so it cannot just be a fluke that mine are the ages they are. If anyone else has the same breed and older than 20 years (the fish), I'd love to hear about them. Thanks. Simone­čÉč

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-16
    Wow, those are really long-lived fish! I don't have any personal experience keeping them, but I would like to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.
  • Riley Krout - 2013-09-02
    I have one in my 5 Gallon Grow out tank, it`s like 1.9-2 inchs. He wont leave the rocks... I`ve only seen him out once one night. I have a question though, can someone tell me how to get it active?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-02
    Those are some long lived catfish Simone. We have an upside down cat that has been living with a peacock eel for about 17 years, so it must be if they're well kept, they live long. And Riley, these guys are nocturnal, so nighttime activity is what they mostly do. Maybe get a red bulb (from the reptile section of a pet store) to watch your tank at night.
  • Geoff - 2013-09-12
    I purschased my spotted catfish in 1994 - and he is still going strong!
  • Gary Wolz - 2013-12-15
    My husband has a spotted cat that is 23 years old. He moved across town with us in the aquarium in about an inch of water 22 years ago. Cloaking the whole time. He is now as round as he is long. He has outgrown his hiding place several times over the years and my husband has to rearrange the rocks to fit him. People don't believe us when we tell them he is older than our daughter.
  • Jade Rose - 2013-12-23
    Hello, we have a catfish, spotted Raphael, she's around 34 years old, my dad has had her since he was a young teen, she hardly comes out of her log, unless its for food,  she's around 5-6 inches long and around 2inches or so wide
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Jim - 2013-12-16
Hi there, I have had a pleccy for about 5 years and he is in a 4 foot tank with a couple of eupterus (1 I have had for about 11 years and the other 7, I think). Unfortunately the cichlid colony have slowly thinned over the last couple of years to have 2 remaining (not adding more until we do work to the house and after tank is moved). The pleccy, over the last week has developed pink cheeks and nostrils (as if they are bruised or filled with blood) and is hardly moving or feeding. I have done a 50% water change and gravel vacuum, but not sure of my next step. Suggestions as to what it might be and how to treat?

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