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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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nm123 - 2011-10-16
Hey guys just wondering if panda corys can interbreed with albino corys?

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  • David Brough - 2011-10-16
    I'm not sure, but I would doubt it since they are different species. I would google it to see if anyone has ever seen it happen.
  • nm123 - 2011-10-16
    Thanks so much for responding.
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Anonymous - 2011-10-15
How long does it take for albino catfish eggs to hatch?

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  • nm123 - 2011-10-15
    I heard about 4 to 5 days from the time they are deposited by the mother.
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fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-11
How big of a tank do I need for one or two of these guys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-11
    You shoukld have a minimum of a 20 galllon tank for two of these guys. Rule of thumb is one usuable gallon for each inch your fish is going to be as an adult. They can go 8 - 8 1/2 inches so need at least 16 gallons plus gallons for plants, decorations, filter, gravel etc so aat least 20 gallons.
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Scott - 2011-09-25
My shark has suddenly developed a white body fungus and appears distressed. What medications are safe for this species along with botias and red-tailed sharks?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-26
    Sounds like a fungus to me. Here is a link for Fish Diseases and Treatments so just scroll down to symptoms and they are clear and the recommended treatment is there. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm
  • Scott - 2011-09-26
    Thanks Charlie. I had always learned to be a bit cautious treating scaleless fish like sharks and loaches, but apparently that's "old school". Unfortunately my white tip succomed last night but I still need to protect the rest of my tank. What ever it was attacked quickly and ruthlessly. You'd think after 40+ years of being a breeder and avid hobbiest I'd know better. SM
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-26
    I've done birds for years and years and sometimes something happens that I just can't figure out. Weird. I am sorry your little fella went though.
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Mikey V - 2010-03-14
First of all, GREAT SITE! I always come here first when considering a new fish. I just picked up 3 of these little banjos yesterday. They are so fun! The tank I placed them in has 6 serpea tetras and 8 zebra danios. And it's cycling. The tank is only a 29 gallon so I was looking for a smaller variety of catfish. These guys are small and very fun to watch! During the day they do indeed hide under the sand or gravel. But once the light goes out they spring to life and often patrol the tank as a group. Swimming everywhere not just the glass. Very fun to watch them torpedo down into the sand. My tank has very fine WHITE sand which works well with these guys. Making them easier to see and its easy for them to burrow into. At the fish store the group of about 20-30 were all under the same driftwood which leads me to believe they love being kept in groups. So I plan to get at least 3 more. They stay small and are very peaceful. I highly recommend!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-07-07
    I am now learning that any small fish that dies in tank. Ends up in my banjos stomachs! I have had Black phantom tetra and a Zerba danio bodies disappear after they have died. Bones and all. I have no other explanation! lol
  • Lisa - 2010-12-20
    Good to know! We just got our son set up with a 55gal. tank and I think these Banjos would be the perfect addition...only problem is finding them in N. Iowa stores! Hopefully a local petstore will get them in stock soon! =)
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-26
    You can find them online but the avaibilty
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john - 2011-09-25
Are there any pet stores that carry these around fairfax?

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Mylena Aranda - 2011-09-20
My two striped raphael are awesome ! I have had them for nearly a year now and I love them. They have probably more than tripled their size since I brought them home and added them to my catfish family (I have 9 corydoras with them) they just relax and cruise through my tank... they seem to enjoy hanging upside down from ornaments or balancing on the leaves of plants. It's fun to watch my corys pile up on top of them as they all rest together. I find that there are several things to take into consideration when owning them...first make the tank catfish safe! Many catfish will wedge themselves into ornaments and not be able to get out so be sure to provide hiding places that are large enough, and as far as striped raphaels are concerned if you want to see them be active make the tank light a bit dimmer (with a floating plant or something like that) they are nocturnal and with the light dim they happily come out and join the action. I hope to keep my striped raphaels around for a long time (their average life span is around 7-8 years) and would recommend them for any catfish lover.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Hey thnaks - good to hear when all is going well and people are happy --- sounds like you have some solid experience there so stick with us. Many have some questions and only the experiences really know. OK?
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Brandon Dunn - 2011-09-18
what do albino catfish eggs look like

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-18
    They look like scattered clusters, 2 or more to a cluster, of little tiny white round balls. There will usually be between 100 to 200 eggs.
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