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curtis - 2014-07-21
Hello, I purchased a red tail catfish that is very small at the moment (1 inch). When I put him inside my 120 gallon tank he immediately swam to a corner and tried to bury himself in the gravel. Is this normal? I also have 5 bala sharks, 3 clown loaches and a african catfish. I put him in a breeding container for now so he can actually get food. He doesn't move to much but occasionally swims frantically like he's trying to escape. The water quality is good and there is plenty decorations and hiding places but he kept trying to bury himself forcing me to place him in the breeding container within the tank. I do plan on upgrading tanks as he gets bigger and willing to build a pond.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I'm guessing he's getting acclimated. Your pond idea sounds great. I've used indoor ponds for large freshwater fish (as well as large marine fish) with great success. I currently only have an outdoor pond (1300 gallons) for my koi and Red-eared Sliders however, but it is working great too. So good luck to you and keep us posted!
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jason - 2010-10-28
hey it me again i have and just got 3 weeks ago he is 7 inches they can 19 inches if put in big tank. i have 2 names jason and jason 5

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  • Courtney - 2014-07-19
    Do you have a bigger tank for sale , my catfish is getting to big for my 75gal
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Windy Page - 2014-07-06
Hiya,



I have had a feather fin squeaker for 6 months in a 40 gallon. He was under 1 inch when I got him and now he is 8 inches!! He's a gorgeous but very, Very Bossy fish with every and all hiding places he can fit into. All of his tank mates have been with him from the start and only my three pacu can match his growth speed if not out do him. I have two massive tanks waiting for the big guys but can't quite afford the stands yet. But get this, the pace range from 3 inches to 9 inches! All started off as see thru teenie tiny babies. My poor serape tetras just don't get why their schooling buddies out grew them! Way, way too many fish in this tank but all started so small and cute. I do a 40 water changes every two days and massive over kill on the filtration. Wish I could start a ' help me afford a stand' donation fund! Lol. Would even try building one but I don't have a saw!

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Laurene Normandie - 2014-06-30
Good Evening Everyone...I just 'rescued' 2 synodontis catfish,  from my son who could not longer keep his tank. 

My question is...Both of them appear to have 'sores' or what  looks like inverted barnacles.  Not sure what to do. They are about 3 years old and both have cataracts. 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It sounds like they have cloudy eyes, along with the sores, which are most likely the result of poor husbandry.  Try treating them with an antibiotic. You can also add some Melafix to the water (tea oil remedy for fish that helps with wounds and helps reduce infection). Also be sure you have a large enough tank for them with some rocks or wood to create hiding places and keep the tank clean with regular water changes. 
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Simone Konieczny - 2013-02-16
My Spotted Raphael Catfish are, as of October 2012, 27 years old. The next one is 24 and the youngest one is now 19 years old. I find most web sites say 'your lucky if they live past 7 years'. Apparently that cannot be normal except if the fish aren't well looked after. I got all 3 fish from different sources at less than one inch in size so it cannot just be a fluke that mine are the ages they are. If anyone else has the same breed and older than 20 years (the fish), I'd love to hear about them. Thanks. Simone­čÉč

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-16
    Wow, those are really long-lived fish! I don't have any personal experience keeping them, but I would like to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.
  • Riley Krout - 2013-09-02
    I have one in my 5 Gallon Grow out tank, it`s like 1.9-2 inchs. He wont leave the rocks... I`ve only seen him out once one night. I have a question though, can someone tell me how to get it active?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-02
    Those are some long lived catfish Simone. We have an upside down cat that has been living with a peacock eel for about 17 years, so it must be if they're well kept, they live long. And Riley, these guys are nocturnal, so nighttime activity is what they mostly do. Maybe get a red bulb (from the reptile section of a pet store) to watch your tank at night.
  • Geoff - 2013-09-12
    I purschased my spotted catfish in 1994 - and he is still going strong!
  • Gary Wolz - 2013-12-15
    My husband has a spotted cat that is 23 years old. He moved across town with us in the aquarium in about an inch of water 22 years ago. Cloaking the whole time. He is now as round as he is long. He has outgrown his hiding place several times over the years and my husband has to rearrange the rocks to fit him. People don't believe us when we tell them he is older than our daughter.
  • Jade Rose - 2013-12-23
    Hello, we have a catfish, spotted Raphael, she's around 34 years old, my dad has had her since he was a young teen, she hardly comes out of her log, unless its for food,  she's around 5-6 inches long and around 2inches or so wide
  • Tony - 2014-06-29
    My Spotted Raphael Catfish is almost 19 years old now. His name is Clod because of the way he bubbles around. Just like everyone else has said, he really comes out of his cave. That is till today. I bought a few new fish to replace one's that live past their normal expectancy. One of those fish is a small pleco. Clod didn't seem happy when his cave was invaded and swam out to settle on top. To my amazement the pleco started cleaning Clod. When he was done and swam away Clod scurried right back into his cave.
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Natasha - 2014-06-18
I just got a Glyptoperichthys multiradiatus and Hypostomus punctatus that's about 5 years old. Put him in my 55 gallon tank with maybe 5 tiny fish. He's just laying there on the bottom, he seems to be breathing fine but his fin is laying straight down on his back is this normal? Not much movement is it because he's old?

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Rechi - 2014-06-02
The albino Corydora is derived Corydoras aeneus. Text is erroneously stating that the albino variety Standing derived from another species.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-08
    Possibly, but in our research so far we have found they are believed to be derived from Corydoras paleatus. Two of the references cited on the bottom of this page suggest this; Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod in his book 'Aquarium Fishes of the World' shows the albino form of C. paleatus (page 430); and also author Richard Geis,  in his book 'Catfish Keeping & Breeding Them in Captivity,' also suggests in the caption of his albino photo, this color form being C. paleatus (page 54). However if you can share a resource suggesting they are C. aeneus , we would love to review it.
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carl cooper - 2009-01-02
I have 3 very large redtails in a 12ft by 3ft tank they are very active and they are eating very well. I have just noticed recently that on two of them their gill plates seem two be curling, back on them selves. I've tested the water and the water is spot on. I don't want to lose them, I've had them a long time. Has anybody had this problem or does anybody know what could be wrong with them, or know anybody for some advice? thanks to anybody who can help me. carl

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  • Joel Viets - 2014-05-26
    I've had the same issue with mine. Only one gill seems to be curling, or looks inverted just at the top. It's not affecting the whole gill. Did yours improve? I've been looking for answers and had no luck so far. My fish is not distressed from what I can tell and my water quality is great.
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ken macpherson - 2014-05-25
I fell in love with these guys as a kid, now as an adult, I have 2 iridescent sharks named hoover and gauge, I love them!

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Anonymous - 2012-06-12
Our pangasius catfish has a big red sore on his nose. We have tried treating for common diseases with no luck. Does anyone know what this could be? His other nostril is fine and the other pangasius catfish is not showing any signs either. I'm not sure where to turn.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-08-01
    My irrodescent gets spooked really easily and bangs his face off the glass constantly. Maybe that could be it ?
  • Lisa - 2014-05-20
    It has maybe banged itself off the glass at night. They easily get spooked. Should heal itself but try adding a tablespoon of table salt. This will act as an antibacterial agent and clean out the sore.
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