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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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James - 2010-02-26
Hey. These catsharks are really cool fish. I never knew they were brackish! My dad had some of these a while back. Oh yea, they do not get up to 24 inches, they only get up to 12, usually 6-8.

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  • CichlaDude - 2010-05-18
    I don't want to sound rude but you're wrong...I have 2 that are over 12 inches. Go check out monster fish keepers and you will see.
  • marko - 2011-08-05
    Hey thanks for the info
  • lvmblfkdmb - 2011-08-28
    Mine are 13 in.
  • Minisip - 2011-10-27
    While this fish *can* get up to 24 inches in size, it is actually quite rare. I have kept several of these over the years in various tanks and setups and the largest I have had was 15 inches long. Most of them actually topped out at approx. 10 inches. I've kept them in larger and smaller setups, and even with lots of room to grow and feeding regimens geared towards growth, I've only had the one that hit 15 inches; (150 Gallon setup). Normally I'll get them as babies, move them from fresh to brackish, eventually ending with them fully converted to a marine setup as in the wild, they are born in freshwater, as they move to the coast, salt gets in the water putting them into brackish, then they find their way to sea, spending periods at sea, eventually returning to spawn.
  • Carrie - 2011-12-30
    James, I agree with you. They are cool, and I own four that are three years old, and they're only one foot long
  • Anonymous - 2014-05-18
    I have four that are more than 18 inches in length in full marine saltwater.
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Sam - 2014-05-16
I got one in my 12 gal about half a year ago and I know it sounds crazy, but I was a beginner and I didn't know. Died in 4 days :(. Scared to get one ever since.

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Lokesh - 2014-05-13
Hi I have 3 Iridescent shark with 2 Gold fish in 55 gallon tank but recently one them is not at all eating. They are having a whitish spot on there head. Can anyone suggest what might be the possible cure for this habit of not eating.

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natalie g - 2014-05-08
I purchased two striped raphael catfish around 8 months ago, they were both doing fine and still seem to be fine but as I was cleaning my tank... I noticed that my two fish are turning a rusty orange color where the white normally is, can you please help me figure out what I could do for them? If it's normal I've looked up pictures on the internet and they all seem black and white.

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Jay Levy - 2014-04-22
I have a Rafael catfish that we purchased 1 year prior to my daughter being born. She is about to turn 19 years old, which makes my catfish about 20 years old. :-)

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Chris Baker - 2009-07-21
Im one of these people that have let tropical fish take over my life, I live for my fish. I take a particular interest in catfish. I've been reading the comments on Pangasius, this fish should not be sold in pet shops to people who do not realise their full potential. I have a tank measuring 9x3x3.5 and a 20,000 litre heated pond in the conservatory. My largest pangasius in nearly 3 feet long and weighs approx 26lbs. I have 6 in total, they were all cast offs from people who could no longer keep them due to size. In my opinion any animal,(whatever it is) that you buy, you should be able to look after it for the whole of its life. A lot of catfish like Pangasius, Shovel nose, Red tails, Giraffe cats, there's too many to list, but these are frequently available at fish stores from 2" to 6" and look lovely. But they won't tell you, you have a monster on your hands, some like Red Tails will eat most your tank when you get it home. I decided I wanted to KEEP these beautiful fish, so I bought and Built some huge tanks to be able to enjoy them for all their lives. (Recommend building as it's cheaper). If your not prepared to do this then just steer clear, don't waste yor time or money. Above all always research any fish your not sure about before you purchase it. Any fish I see or am offered for whatever reason, if I don't know details about it, I will always go and find out for myself and not take other peoples word for it. I suggest everyone does this. Also, people will tell you their max size in the wild. They seldom reach wild sizes in captivity, that doesn't mean a 6 foot Catfish will only grow 6 inches, it'll probably get to around 3.5 feet, so a little common sense is needed. Happy Fish Keeping.

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  • Paul Bishop - 2014-04-07
    Hi, I have got a Pangasius Catfish. I was told it would grow to within the size of my tank which is 80 Ltrs. But it is now too big and must be re-homed. I agree pet shops should be better informed and not sell these fish unless people are aware of the size tank they require. I am currently looking to find a suitable home for it...
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