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josh - 2011-07-24
I have a large dark black featherfin I've been told it's rare I got him around 18 months ago and he was just over 7 inches and hasn't grown since I got him so he must be fully grown. He's in a 70gl tank with 2 parrots, 1 gourami, 1 redtail shark, a plec, 2 blackknifes, 2 clown loach, 2 paradise fish, and a stinkpot musk turtle and another catfish similar to him/her but not featherfin. They all get on great together I haven't lost a fish since I put him in there 18 month ago so I assume they're all happy lol. He doesn't like the turtle though every time the turtle goes near the featherfins corner he chases the turtle away but other than that he just stays in his corner til the lights go off then I drop him a pellet and he's off happy as larry.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    The tank is too small for that number/size of fish. You might want to consider another tank and split some of the fish out. Sorry. Rule of thumb is 1 gallon for every 1 inch your fish is going to be as an adult. Could be why the fish isn't growing. Of course they aren't going to grow overnight either.
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John - 2011-04-12
I have 7 of these fish. They range in size from just under a foot . To almost a meter long ! They are in a large outdoor pond which is oval shaped so they don't panic and flip out . I tried moving some smaller ones into a another large pond which was rectangular and
the would jump out almost every day. Luckily I was around at that time and because they can survive out of water for longer than most fish they were ok. They are housed with 5 red eared sliders ( terrapins ) and 3 common plecos. Very peaceful fish and all get along well.

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  • lisa - 2011-06-12
    Hi John
    I have 2 pangasius fish they are over 20 years old, I would like to know what heating you use in outdoor pond or are you in a hot country?

  • Grace Bustamante - 2011-07-23
    I love hearing that people are doing so well with these fish. For some reason, they always die on me. I've done everything. I love their personalities but don't know what to do. Any advice?
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Andi Harris - 2011-07-20
I have not long purchased my juvie red tailed catfish. He feeding on market prawns and catfish pellets I have all ways wanted a rtc since I was young.I will post pics soon

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    Yes please post pictures.
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zoe - 2011-07-20
Hey everyone...I just got 3 three silver tipped sharks ,and I just want to know if my sharks are ok or freakin out. All they are doing is swimming back and forth on the surface of the tank....?any sugg....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-20
    It isn't normal for silver tipped sharks to just go back and forth on the surface. Now what I don't know is how long it takes them to acclimate to a new tank. Also, if fish are behaving unusually, it is usually the tank conditions. Check your temperature and PH etc. Filter working? This is a link on U-tube which I thought might be of interest to you. If you go to U-tube and enter silver tipped shark you will see how the silver tip normally swims around. There are several videos. I thought the hand feeding was awesome. Animal World Article on Fish Disease and treatment which includes behavior issues may help also. Check Diseases and Symptoms and treatment is recommended. Probably tank conditions though.
Pouncer - 2009-03-06
I wish I had stopped by this site before I bought my silver tipped shark. While at PetCo, the girl assisting me told me that this shark only grows to be about 12inches long, not 24. I also got 2 yellow guppies, and she never mentioned that they may end up being like feeders. I think it's interesting that there are so many comments about how the little fish will become food for this kind of shark. It's completely true that when the lights go out, your little fish go missing. Only 2 days later, and both my guppies are gone. Thanks for having a really well maintained site, as I now have a better understanding of my shark. ^_^

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  • heeed - 2010-03-06
    So true and not knowing how these fish are, I end up learning the hard way!

    Every morning, I notice some fish are gone... until lately that I finally woke up and used my head. I only have one silvertip for about 3-4 months now and grown up to 5 inch's. As mad as I am, I have to admit, they're beautiful fish and mine has so far taken about 30 small fish ( guppies, neon's, mollies, medium various tetras,...). Yesterday, I put him in my small tank till I decide whether I should give him/her away or what. I wish I knew what to do!
  • james - 2010-06-27
    12 is the more likely length for them lol the people at the pet store don't always know every thing don't flame them.
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Vannah - 2011-07-11
All right, So I was wondering the lifespan of the catfish? I know I've had mine for over 2 yrs. Is that fairly common? Or do they live longer? I have no idea. but then again I've always had great luck with fish. I won a goldfish at a carnival and he lived for 6 yrs.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Consensus seems to say between 9 and 13 years. Plenty of time.
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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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