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Dinza - 2011-06-02
Hello,

I have two of these sharks and I am looking to upgrade their tank. My sharks like to hang out in their cave/castle currently and will come out at night to swim or when we feed them; is this normal behavior for these fish? When we tried not having the cave or a place for them to hide they seemed to panic a little bit.
Therefore my question is, what kind of tank environment do these sharks like best and does anyone know a good place online (the pet stores in my area do not carry large caves) that sell large caves or places that they would be able to hide? or should I add more plants?
I'm open to anyones advice

thank you!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-02
    Silver-tipped sharks are nice guys and do well with other fish as long as they are around the same size. They can be agressive to smaller fish, considering them as food. Yes, they like their caves. They like plants and various places to hide and that is natural behavior. You are looking for a cave and these guys can get pretty large - about 2 feet - so I would think pretty difficult to find a cave that large. However, do not fret - make one. You can make caves all sorts by firmly stacking rocks together. You have to make very sure the rocks are held sturdy and do not fall with any kind of knock but make the hideaways from large rocks for the tank. So yes, I don't know how many plants you have in your tank but more probably wouldn't hurt but the cave is the best solution. Now just for the fish (given they will be 2 feet) and general rule is 1 gallon per inch when grown - you would need a 50 gallon tank at least because you have to subtract gallons for the caves and plants. I can see easily how this can be done with bricks but don't know if bricks have anything toxic in them that would hurt fish. I will ask the expert and write you back.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-02
    Talked to the experts and they said "When building caves, they can use silicon that is aquarium safe to adhere the structure" That would prevent the stones from falling and would be safe. I had asked about bricks and they said not safe. Good luck and have fun. OK
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Simcha Younger - 2003-08-12
This is a nice fish, but it does not swim around much. It seems to spend all of its time trying to swim out of the aquarium. I find it hard to feed because it does not come right away.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-28
    The Pangasius Catfish doesn't just hang out on the bottom bottom like most catfishes, but rather occupies the middle of the aquarium. They are constantly on the move and will occasionally go to the surface for air. These guys also stress out at times if you tap on the tank or with suden movements etc. Could you be tapping on the side of the tank or splashing which would make him want to jump out or appear to jump out. They do come to the surface for air.
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josh - 2011-05-27
I NEED HELP/ADVICE DESPERATELY! I have 2 pangasius catfish that are about 3 months old and almost 3-4 inches long. I thought I injured the bigger one when I was tryin to catch my gold fish that are in the same tank last week and maybe I hit him. He has a large white fungus looking growth now that's almost like bubbling. He's been ok up until tonight but he is lieing at the bottom barely moving. What can I do?!!! plz help email me josh_Spence_4@hotmail.com. My mom has some pills for her pond outside that are for some sort of fish illness. They are capsuls. I think I am going to try and find them and use them before he dies. Plz help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-29
    There is an article on Animal World where you just posted your question that is called Fish Diseases and Symmptoms. Just go to any fish article and scroll down till you see it and click onit. One the bottom of the Fish Disease and Symptom article there is a bunch of symptoms. Determine what it is you believe your fish has and use the recommended treatment prescribed.

    If the spots look white and salty it is probably ich which you treat with an antibiotic.

    Grey or white fluffy opatches ia a fungus and you treat with an anti fungal.

    etc

    The article is clear so just go back to your fish and click on Fish Diseases and Symptoms and you should have an answer. I tried to attach the article but for some reason, it wouldn't work. I am sorry

    Good luck
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Lor - 2011-04-07
I have 5 of them in my 75 gallon with some Peacock Cichlids. They're all doing great. These sharks are very active during the day. They school almost all the time and cause no problems in the tank. You probably don't want to keep them with smaller fishes that fit in their mouth. They have a very big appetite and will eat almost anything. They will not eat Algae discs, so the Pleco gets to eat too!

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  • Mike - 2011-05-22
    I'm sorry but you are wrong on the last part where you said the sharks dont eat the pleco food. From my experience they do. I currently have three sharks in a 60gal (soon going to a 75) and all three of them eat the plecos food. I always have to add more pleco food because they eat them too.
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Claire - 2007-12-12
I have recently bought 2 pangasius catfish and have read up on them only to find that some websites say that they don't like having the tank light on, and some say they love it! I'm confused.

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  • Paul Corky Hawkins - 2011-05-22
    Hi Claire. I got 3 babies. One the fish man at the shop said it would take 3 years to get bigger. I got them in a 3 foot fish tank. I'm waiting to move to a ground floor falt where I can get a bigger tank, 6 foot by 2 foot by 2 trying to hit 2 birds with one stone. So I don't have to give them back to the shop but if I have to just have to wait till I move and get them again? Let me know as well if they do better with the light on thanks.
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Jenny Schwipps - 2010-09-05
Marvin, my 4 yr. old rtcat is my best buddy. He loves to be petted, comes to the top and blows kisses, and loves to have me feed him by hand. I am experiencing a problem though. One other time he showed this quite blue cast to the area behind the eyes and down to the midsection. He is also flared out when he breathes. I do 1/4 to 1/2 tank changes every 3 weeks, and monitor his temp. daily. He is definately under stress right now. Need help and advice. I am cleaning the tank tomorrow. He eats beef heart, and has done this since I got him as a very little baby. I don't know what I would do if I lost him. Question......as he is getting older, would his appetite change?

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  • jerry price - 2011-05-19
    I have a question. I have a redtail catfish. If I don't feed him live food how big will he get in a 135 gallon tank.
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Erin - 2011-04-22
Being an aquarist since I was 6 and now am 29 making it 24 years I've been into this. These shark cats can grow up to 2 feet, I have 2 dozen in my 1200 gallon freshwater tank. Yes, they do eat smaller fish, but they've never harmed my Goldfish or any others. I feed them neon Tetras. They down a lot of them as soon as they are added to the tank. To anyone who reads any website saying that shark cats can live in water mixed with canning/kosher/freshwater salt, is dead wrong. Shark cats can and will die from being in water mixed with any of those salts. They can successfully live in marine brackish saltwater of specific Gravity of 1.003-1.005 if they are slowly acclimated. They are brackish fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-23
    Thanks for the input. We need folks like you on this site with woirking knowledge of what is real. No matter how many years a person has spent doing things with pets, there is always someone who has specific knowledge relating to an incident or question. I have 20 years with birds but I know very little to nothing about parakeets. I never had one. Please stay with us. Thank you
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Leanne Cox - 2011-04-19
I recently bought a baby bristlenose catfish and he seems to have disappeared. Could my large featherfin catfish have eaten him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    It is possible as fish will eat anything. If the baby was considerable smaller, it is pretty likely. I am sorry.
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michela - 2011-04-10
We have two Pangasius Catfish. We have had them for a few years now - watched them grow from 3 to 20 inches. Every once in a while, the larger one gets his "nostrils" inflamed. They get really large and red. We haven't been able to figure out what triggers that and how to heal it. Can anyone help? Thanks!

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Brandon - 2011-04-06
I was changing my tanks water and when I took one of the catfish out to put it in the tote, its fin got tangled in the net and I had to cut it a piece of the net off and there is still a piece stuck on and I can't get it off.
What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-07
    Did you get it off? If not can't you just hold it out for the few seconds and use a cuticle scissor to cut it off. Just be careful. You really don't want other fish or that fish trying to chew it off - not that I would think. Cuticle scissors should be able to slide right underneath the piece of netting without endngering the fin of the fish.
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