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alex - 2014-01-09
I have a RTC about 8' long in a 4 foot 22' wide tank and he hasn't been eating. I fed him anchovies and earth worms but he spits it back out what can I do to make him eat?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-09
    He may just be bored, perhaps you could try varying his diet. For example you could try some frozen bloodworm cubes, shrimps, or silversides to name a few. Maybe look for some pelleted food for carnivores too.
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daniel strenke - 2014-01-01
I just bought two red tailed catfish. l put them in my 10 gallon tank for now will they be Ok in it or should I put them in my big tank right away? My big tank is 220 gallons with really big oscars .

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I love these fish, but I see some serious problems ahead. The Red-tailed Catfish might be fine in the 10 gallon for a couple of weeks (I'm assuming they are just 3-4' right now), but they grow very quickly. They can eventually get to be as much as 53' in length, and a 2000 gallon tank is recommended. Most aquarists simply can't accommodate them because of their necessary tank size.  Putting them in the Oscar tank is another problem. Oscars are great fish, very personable and fun to keep, but they simply aren't community oriented. They will kill other tankmates so are best kept singly, or as a pair.
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Lisa - 2013-12-30
i have a Striped Raphael Catfish and just lately its seems to have white stuff coming off him, could this be his protective slime? He still seems active and eating is normal. I've asked a few aquariums and they don't know what it is, has anyone got any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It sounds like it could be shedding mucus. This is indicative that something may be wrong with your water. Do a water change, also check that your ph and Hardness levels are within the right ranges for this species (ph Range: 5.8-7.0 and Hardness Range: 4 - 18 dGH).
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Aimee - 2013-12-24
I have a redtail catfish. He was in 1 of my outside ponds, i live in New Orleans, this past week the weather got pretty cold, i just noticed the heaters broke, he was barely breathing but still alive i brought him to 1 of my inside tanks with my south american fish, can he be saved? or is it too late?? please help!!! he is too big and beautiful for me to give up on!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    The Redtailed catfish is a really beauty and it sounds like you've rescued him just in time. Still only time will tell if he will be fine, but you did the right thing. Let us know how it goies!
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Jim - 2013-12-16
Hi there, I have had a pleccy for about 5 years and he is in a 4 foot tank with a couple of eupterus (1 I have had for about 11 years and the other 7, I think). Unfortunately the cichlid colony have slowly thinned over the last couple of years to have 2 remaining (not adding more until we do work to the house and after tank is moved). The pleccy, over the last week has developed pink cheeks and nostrils (as if they are bruised or filled with blood) and is hardly moving or feeding. I have done a 50% water change and gravel vacuum, but not sure of my next step. Suggestions as to what it might be and how to treat?

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lindsey brown - 2008-06-18
I have 3 plecoosomus and I have recently seen 7 babies, they are so cute. Didn't even know I had them til I saw a little line. I thought "what's that" but when I got close it was a baby pleco. So people they do breed in a house tank. I'm so pleased the fish feel comfortable in their tank to breed. I think I have done a good job, and my tank is only 18" so it's a small one, but they still had young. I have to upgrade now to a larger tank when they get a bit bigger. I never saw any eggs just babbies. I won't sell them, they are my grandkids. If you like, I made it possible, so give it a go.

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  • Meob57 - 2012-11-28
    Hi, I'm new to this site.Your message was from 2008, can you let me know how your pleco's are all doing?
  • john - 2013-12-14
    Hi you say your pleco had babies. I just wondered how do you know which is male/female? I've got one myself, would like to put another in the tank of the opposite sex, how can I know..?
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Skip Boatman - 2013-04-12
We have one Albino Cory in our tank with about 40 or so guppies. Tonight she laid eggs on the side of the tank. Is it possible for her to cross breed with the guppies, or was it just time for her to lay the eggs?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-13
    I am really not sure, but I don't believe that corys and guppies can breed together. I am thinking she just laid unfertilized eggs. Keep an eye on them and see if they hatch!
  • Marinci - 2013-04-15
    She just laid her eggs, but guppies wont fertilize the eggs because thy dont breed like that. If you want little fry Corydoras you have to have a male of its kind.
  • haren - 2013-11-29
    Your cory was probably already pregnant. Guppies are live bearers and noooooo way can that happen. Plus your cory would benefit from being in a group of 4 or more so they can play. Having one must be awful for her.
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Lisa - 2013-11-22
We got a tank bout 2 weeks ago and went to the local fish supplier and brought 1 striped rapheal catfish, 1 silver tipped shark, 1 silver catfish, 3 tinfoil barbs and a elephant-nose fish, they all seem to get on well but the problem is with both the catfish, the silver catfish keeps swimming at the top of the tank and today I noticed one of the tentacles at the front is now shorter then the other one, will this harm the fish? The other is the rapheal fish keepes moving stuff around the tank if it doesnt seem to like where it is and can seem to get really moody. Does anyone know why this is?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm thinking the size of your tank may be too small for the number of catfish you have, which is causing the Raphael Catfish to try and 'fix' things. The shorter tentacle could very likely be the result of a quarrel, another sign that there may be too many fish in the tank.
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Don - 2003-11-09
The Spotted Raphael is one of the heartiest fish I have ever owned next to my cichlids ( jack dempseys).. in the sense of survival.. other than that very friendly... gets along fine with two fiddler crabs they mind one anothers business... and not picky when it comes to finding food... good strong fish for a community... ( bit of a cave dweller )

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  • Kathy Keegan - 2013-11-13
    I had raphaels for years. I can remember having a real monster tank, 5 oscars, an armatus spiny eel, at least 2 feet long, a clown knife, about 14 inches, an 18 inch black ghost, 2 6 inch striped raphaels, 2 5 inch spotted raphaels, a 12 inch tiger shovelnose catfish, a couple of 10 inch plecos, 5 spotted silver dollars, and, for some reason, 1 5 inch swordtail female that managed to survive by being so mean nothing went near her. She was supposed to be a feeder, but even the shovelnose was scared of her, and that is saying something. Everything in a 110 gallon with rockwork for everything to dodge around when the occasional argument broke out. The raphaels came out at night and at feeding time. I fed feeders, algae tablets, meat tablets and scalded spinach. I grew the oscars from 1 inch size to 2 breeder 10 inch pairs and a 12 inch single. I actually found that armatus eel at a Woolworth store. He was about 5 inches at the time, really just a baby. He would come up and rub against a finger by the time he got big.
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Nan - 2008-10-02
We have had a silver tip shark for 9 months now. It's between 4-5 inches and it is always swimming at the top back corner of the tank with its mouth out of the water and seems to try to stretch itself out of the tank, it's extremely hyper. It NEVER leaves the top of the corner, even if you look in the middle of the night. Does anyone have one with the same type of behavior - it seems quite strange since they are supposed to be middle to bottom dwellers.

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  • Kelly - 2013-11-05
    Mine is doing the same thing. But recently noticed a red mark on him, like he scrapped along something. I don't know what to do about it???
  • Terta - 2013-11-08
    I have seen the behaviour before and it was stress. They live best with minimum of 3 tank mates and when young I gave mine lots of plants and hiding spots, they calmed down and are growing faster.
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