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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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Dan - 2011-12-22
How should I feed my 2 corys? I have 6 little glow fish that eat a lot. I feed the glow fish tropical flakes. I feed them all twice a day and make sure I don't overfeed as well. And recently I bought specially for my corys sinking Shrimp pellets medium size but I think they are a little big and HARD for them to eat. The shrimp package got a bronze cory on it so that's why I got it and I read they love it. I also got freeze dried blood worms for the corys but as soon as I put a few in the water the glow fish eat them and leave behind the ones that are too big.
Would someone help me out on how to feed these little cute fish having glow fish around ? and suggestions on the sinking pellets?
Thank you!

Dan - 2011-12-21
I have an Albino Cory I love very much. He is by himself with 5 glow little fish that don't mind him at all. Should I get another Cory so he has a friend? or should I keep him alone? what should I do? Are Cory lonely fish? or they like company?
Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    Can't say for sure cuz I never asked one but breeding is an interesting process with these fellas. I think everything likes company for some reason but he is probably fine on his own. What would you prefer is the question?
  • Dan - 2011-12-22
    Thank you guys! That is exactly what I needed to know; I got a second cory and it's great to see them lay next to each other. My fav little fish in the world now.
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kevere - 2011-12-18
I have a baby pangasius catfish and ever since i bought it, it hasn't eaten anything.

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danyelle - 2010-05-15
We've had our cat for about 17 years, his eyes are almost totally opaque. He seems to be doing okay, but I think he's blind, we didn't "see" him often for about 2 years, now he's always out of his castle and he just stops swimming to "nap" quite a bit during a day. Should I be concerned?

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  • motasm - 2010-05-28
    Normal they stick on parts of aquarium and stay on it until it's clean so enjoy clean tank and when it's on the glass look at the tongue if it's moving the tongue it's healthy!
  • Garry - 2011-12-08
    sounds like a fungus infection to me. i lost my 8 inch bichir to similar symptoms, he went from being perfectly healthy to dead in 3 days! theses cat fish are tough raphael is flourishing since i switched to sand!

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