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Chris Norris - 2011-07-08
Hi guys. I have a long fin bristle nose who is doing well but i have noticed that his fins are not as big and as nice as they were when I got him. He's in a 90l comunity tank and has always been left alone never nibbled or chased by anything. I can use help me with my problem...???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    I included the article on Fish Disease and Treatment. It might be Fin & Tail rot which is a bacteial infection. He could have had it when you brought him home. He could have hurt himself somehow in the tank and it caused a bacterial infection. Another fish could have nipped him. It happens. Anyway, look at the article and find the symptoms and check out that disease and just look at symptoms in general. The recomended treatment is there.
  • Chris Norris - 2011-07-09
    Thanks for your help cheryl. I will look into it.
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Kayla Hird - 2011-06-23
I just got two silver-tipped sharks yesterday and a pictus catfish. I have them in a 10 gallon tank which I am just figuring out is too small for when they start to grow. I dont really know anything about them, the walmart associate didn't know anything, he told me a 10 gallon would be fine for my fish when they're full grown but I'm finding out now that it won't be. Are they salt water fish? Is there anything I need to know about them?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-06-23
    No these are not saltwater fish, however they technically are brackish water fish - meaning they would do best with some salt added to the water. 1-1.25 teaspoons of non-iodized salt is recommended to be added to the water. And yes, a 10 gallon aquarium will not be sufficient when they are full-grown. As a general rule, you will need 1 gallon for every 1 inch of fish. But you will usually need more for larger fish. With two full-grown silver-tipped sharks, you will need a minimum of a 60 gallon once they are grown, but more would be better, especially with another pictus cat and other fish that may be added as well. I wouldn't say you need to go out and buy a larger aquarium right this instant, but it is something you would want to plan for down the road.
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Gwen - 2010-08-28
I am new too the whole fish thing. I have had 2 comet goldfish and 1 common goldfish for about a year. About a week ago I got a Bristle nose Catfish, and now one of my comets is bleeding and its tail is torn, and the Bristle nose is a little tattered too. My other goldfish appear to be fine. Do you think that the water quality is just bad, or that possibly those two were fighting? While I wait for a response, I am going to clean my tank and add some salt. By the way, thanks for the advice, I didn't know you needed wood or to add food for Bristle noses.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-28
    It sounds like the two of them were most likely fighting. Bad water quality most likely would not cause bleeding and torn fins. Are there any rocks or ornaments that have sharp edges? Those could also cause injury if the fish swam too close. If you observe either of the fish picking at each other in the future, consider adding plants or ornaments that would provide a place for the fish to hide in.
  • Shay - 2010-09-22
    Catfish (bristle nose included) don't do well with salt.
    I would vote against that.
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-28
    omg don't add salt plecos are freshwater fish....................
  • John - 2011-06-20
    You need to have a special kind of salt for freshwater fish too. -_-
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Anonymous - 2011-06-13
Can I keep these wonderful catfish with Sorubim lima? What other fish could live with Banjos?

What fish can be kept with Sorubim lima?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-14
    Per Animal World "Banjo Catfish are compatible with all sizes of community fish, even the smallest of tankmates. They are hardy and adjust to a variety of aquarium conditions. Because the Banjo Catfish is a nocturnal, it feeds at night. It is also a burrower and prefers a sandy bottom and light vegetation". I could not find a Sorubim Lima so do you want to tell me more about that kind of fish to check it out?

  • Anonymous - 2011-06-14
    Sorubim Lima
    Duckbill Catfish

    This is a member of the group commonly known as shovelnosed catfish. It is a nocturnal species that likes to stay hidden among plants and tree roots during the day, its black, white, and brown striped color pattern providing perfect camoflauge. It lies with its head pointing downward, poised and ready to pounce on any unsuspecting fish that passes by. During twilight hours it is more adventurous, and, still in the inverted stance, will stalk smaller fishes that are preparing to settle for the night.

    Possibly the smallest of the shovelnosed catfish at 12 in (30 cm)-males and females.
    In nature, a carnivore that predates on smaller fish. Adult fish can be difficult to wean onto proprietary foods, but small specimens are more adaptable and will accept tablet food and earthworms.
    Fairly widespread in the Amazon Basin.
    Clean, good quality, soft to medium hard, slightly acid to slightly alkaline (pH 6.3-7.6), but will accept a wide range of water types. 73-86*F
    A sandy substrate (good for Banjos too) planted with broadleaved plants and furnished with tree roots or branches to create hiding places (also good for Banjos).
    Likes to hide among tree roots or broadleaved plants; not a particulary active species. Although a predator, it is perfectly safe with fishes too small to fit in its mouth (Hmm, I don't think that a 12in Duckbill could swallow a 6in Banjo. Especially with the Banjo's pectoral spines. What do you think?).
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Catfishes24 - 2010-01-06
I have Emerald Cory fry! I had a pair of adults, the only fish in my tank, and yesterday I saw the tiny fry darting around the bottom of the tank! I am so excited! I have kept fish for about 6 years, and this is the first time that any have reproduced.

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  • louis kootz - 2011-06-14
    I'm happy for you. I would be excited to. Have great day.
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Brody L - 2011-06-09
I have this one albino cory that looks like its going to die. Its fins were all cut off, he looks like he's bloated or something, and he has this little transparent bubbly-looking thing right behind where his top fin would be. Also he doesn't really move much (like once or twice a day) and his breathing is harder than my other cory. The only other fish I have in my tank are my ottocinclus, which are peaceful, my other cory, which is also peaceful, and my mollies which are also peaceful, plus they hardly ever go to the bottom of the tank. I also have these tiny snails, but I don't think they would eat the fins off of a living fish. Anyone know what this might be?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-06-10
    It sounds like there could be several possibilities on what's wrong, or more than one thing could be wrong. It does sound like his fins may have been chewed or nipped - in which case you would need to determine what other fish is doing this. Or it could be due to fin rot. The bloated body sounds like it could be a bacterial infection such as dropsy and may need to be treated with antibiotics. Check out this page on fish diseases for more information: Fish Disease and Treatment
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Alejandro Faz - 2011-06-07
Would anybody like to trade fishes? I have some pangasius catfish and I really don't like them. They get spooked very often so if you got any other fishes more better then these hit me up.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-07
    Where are you?
  • Alejandro Faz - 2011-06-09
    I'm located by 1960 and 45. My adress is 16934 reston glen. My number is 8325739605
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Katie - 2011-06-06
This is more of a question than a comment... I have just recently gotten an albino molly and I had decided to pair it with an albino cory... They seemed to get along at first but just today I noticed the cory had what looked like an injury on his head. It doesn't look too bad and he seems ok otherwise but I separated them immediately. Would a molly hurt a cory like that? I read up on both of them and it seemed like they would be alright, but I am a beginner. I'm keeping them apart in any case I think. Is it ok to have a cory alone? Hope there are some answers. --thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Both the cory and the molly are supposed to be good community fish. They should get along without problems. I have included an article on Fish Diseases and Treaments just in case there is a possible disease (fungus) going on. Good luck and let us know. OK?
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Dawn - 2011-02-08
Hi I was wondering what can you feed an ancistrus to eat and where can you get the food?

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  • Caleb - 2011-06-04
    You can buy algae wafers from a pet store/aquarium.
fishgal 1 - 2011-02-02
Hi I was thinking about getting a bristlenose, but I have a few questions:

1. How much do they cost?
2. How much does bogwood cost?

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  • Caleb - 2011-06-04
    Usually, small bristlenose will cost anywhere between $6-$20 (AUD) medium to large will cost between $20-$40 (AUD)
    While bogwood costs $5-$40 (AUD) (Depends on how big it is).
    I hoped I helped :)

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