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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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Randy Brown - 2011-07-06
Hello, I love these fish, but they will not eat! Anything seemingly, whether it be tropical flakes or Blood worms. Any suggestions or alternate sources of food I should try??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-07
    Pellet?
  • Timika - 2011-07-29
    Try sinking pellets. Mine wait for them to get soggy and then suck them right in their mouth.
  • ryan - 2011-09-01
    Try neon tetras they ate mine all six
  • Alainn - 2011-09-04
    Mine love the freeze dried brine shrimp. And I have a few plants that float on top of the water and I sprinkle the shrimp the sharks seem to enjoy hunting in the plants. gl hope this helps.
  • Charles - 2011-09-09
    Try ghost shrimp, I have four of them and they love it when I feed them ghost shrimp, they will actually chase them all around my tank.

    90 gal tank, 4 cichlids, 3 silver tipped sharks, 1 Placo, 1 (not sure of the name, but fat little orange and black guy that grunts when he is out of the water)
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Jenn - 2011-04-16
We have had a grand total of 4 of these awesome little guys, and only 1 has survived (so far!). One we had in our 40G long with our cichlids, and 3 in a 55G L with emperor tetras, rasbora hets, and angels. So far, all but one in the big tank has died. My husband LOVES these guys, and I agree that they are cool and interesting to watch around the tank. They don't seem to die of any disease, or because of our water levels (we have yet to lose a fish due to our errors). They just randomly up and die. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as we sincerely adore this fish, and the money we keep spending on them!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    There is usally a reason for things. Did you get them all at the same time? Did you get them from the same place? Attached is some information on the silver-tipped shark. Read the info and if you have additional questions, I'll get you to the owners here cuz they have a trillion years on fish. OK?
  • floyd - 2011-09-08
    They need to be in a brakish tank they are dieing because of this. They will not eat because of lack of salt in the water quality and die slowly.
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roy m. delegero - 2011-08-06
Hi! I'm Roy of Philippines and I just got back to fish keeping again a few weeks ago to save 2 pairs of id sharks (2 blacks 16-20 in and 2 albs of 8-10 in) from my neighbors small outdoor pond. The black male I'd got his right fin stripped as well as a lip bruise-more from the net he used to catch. They're finally settled happily outdoor in a shaded aluminum tank of about 250 gals ...need more info though re my black female laying eggs. Will it be safe with the smaller id albs? What's my chance of bringing these eggs up successfully given the said situation? Needless to say my bottom tank got pebbles and stones that these eggs could be hidden but still...?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-06
    General rule - if one fish can fit the other in his mouth - he will. Babies - you sound like you have been through this before. I honestly hope there is someone on this site that has done this but either way - you won'tknow unless you try. Good luck to you.
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-08-30
    After you see the eggs, remove them from all the other fishes at all costs because they will most certainly be eaten. And the chances of hatching the fry is 50-50,but still try.
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Amanda - 2010-05-31
Hello everyone, I had bought 3 albino catfish, all the same size two of the catfish have almost tripled in size by now but the third is still just as small as when we bought it. Should I be concerned? It just doesn't seem like its growing at all and the other two have grown quite a lot!

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  • Sue Nicholson - 2011-08-29
    Mine are the same.. 3 small and 1 that grew large and turned out to be female.. she has just laid a load of eggs around the tank with the other 3 fussing around her
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Sue - 2011-08-20
I have baby bristle nose about 3wks old and my tank is very cloudy. I went to clean it and found more eggs. How can I get rid of this cloudiness and will the eggs die from a water change

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-20
    If the water is effectively that stagnant (dirty) and you don't clean it, don't you run the risk of losing the fish - and also the eggs. I'd rather error on the side of safety and clean the tank.
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David - 2011-05-29
I have two albino corys in a small tank. I had a tetra, a guppy, and two ghost shrimp in that tank also but they have all gone missing just in the last several days. I read that albino corys are peaceful, community fish. Is it possible that the corys have eaten the others? I don't know what else to think. I cannot find the others anywhere. I cleaned out the filter and they are not in there either. Where have these critters gone?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-29
    That is really weird. Corys are peaceful fish and not that big that I would think would have hurt the others. I have no idea. Maybe someone else will, I hope. Nothing on the floor where they would/could have jumped out?
  • David - 2011-05-29
    Good news! I found my tetra; he was behind the filter. He's still alive! Yay! I have not accounted for the guppy or shrimp. It made me so happy when I found the tetra. I had 5 tetras and he's the only one that has made it. I guess the others were unhealthy because they began dying off soon after I brought them home. I'm a beginner aquarist and dead fish are very discouraging to me, not to mention sad. I wish I knew what happened to my guppy, he was so cute. I really don't think the corys ate him but with no corpse. I'm left w/o an explanation. THAnkS for the Reply!
  • nick - 2011-06-29
    How small are the guppys,ghost shrimp,teatras?
  • billy - 2011-07-24
    Well yes they are community fish but they are omnivores so I think maybe they have.
    Are you sure they haven't jumped out the back of the tank?
  • cassandra - 2011-08-12
    If you have gravel your shrimp could be buried under there. I can't find any explanation for the guppy except it died and the cory ate it or it jumped out.
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