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Jet - 2006-02-26
I've had Chow Mein (my plecostomus) for a good 2 years now. He's definitely hardy, he's survived a U-Haul move to Vegas and the cat pulling him out of the tank (or he jumped) before I got a lid. I don't know if this is common, either- or if he's just a weird guy, but I'm sitting watching my tank as I read up on all my fish and he actually swims upside down to eat the flake food still floating. He doesn't do this all the time, but often enough that I think it's not as uncommon as I might think (maybe he needs more algae? I'll get some tabs for him tomorrow).

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pranto - 2006-02-26
These fish rock. They are like the bala shark. They dont bother anyone. They will get big. Trust me on this, if you really scare the pangasius shark, its gonna bang its head on the edges of the side of your tank, and then its gonna lie somewhere and not move at all for 5-10 minites.

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Jack Wood - 2006-02-24
Hi friends,
Indeed these fish get quite huge! This presents monetary and logistical problems for would be keepers. One inexpensive way to keep these monster fish happy and long lived is to keep them in a 300 gallon stock tank available at your local farm supply store. The fish look just as great from the top, and you absolutely can't beat the price for one of these tanks! Make sure, of course that the tank is on a solid concrete base, as 300 gallons is very heavy. Also, I've had good success with using bulk catfish food (also at farm supply stores) as a base food. This food is designed for feeding channel catfish in the food industry, so the feed is very nutritionally balanced. Also, you really save the bucks, with a fifty pound bag costing just a few dollars.
These are just a couple ideas for those of us that want to keep these beautiful fish but don't have unlimited means.

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Alex Cardinale - 2006-02-23
I have an albino Id shark that is 2 inches in a 120 gallon fish tank with 1 salvini at 2 inches,1 clown knife at 4 inches, and 1 fully grown silverdollar. This tank is peaceful, I want to keep it this way. ID sharks are good tankmates to have with fish, I would suggested them.

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Jade Crathern - 2006-02-18
Absolutely fantastic fish. I am currently very excited about a group of eggs that have just hatched. I am watching 10 tiny babies swimming round my breeding net with great delight..These are my first babies so I'll see what happens.

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jen - 2006-02-15
I have had my red-tailed catfish for over a year now. We call him "Catty". I have him living in a 6 foot long 150 gallon tank with 4 Oscars. Once or twice a month we drain half of the tank and put fresh water in to help keep the tank clean. When my boyfriend and I first got them the Oscars were bigger than the catfish. Now they have grown a great deal but it seems like the catfish is growing much faster and much bigger. He also eats more than the Oscars. We feed him twice a day and his diet mainly consists of large feeder fish(goldfish) and chicken. We are also trying alternatives to his diet because we are realizing his large appetite. We have tried pork and small pieces of potatoes but he doesn't like that. So we are trying other options. We noticed his large appetite when he ate 4 of my apple snails and tried to attack our pleco. We have always hand fed him since he was small because the Oscars used to take his food away from him because he was smaller than them. Now it's totally different. He is huge! But we still hand feed our baby. We also have a large log that we found in the pet store because we realized that the catfish loved to hide especially when it was light out. He always swims around at night or as soon as you shut the lights off in the tank. The log is sort of his safe place when he is not eating. They all remind me of dogs. Everytime you walk into the room the Oscars wag there tails and get happy and the catfish comes right out of his log and comes right up to the top of the tank waiting to get his food. It really makes you smile.

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pranto - 2006-02-13
hi I had my one for over 2 years in a separate tank with bala sharks and many of its same kind.

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Daniel.G - 2006-02-12
My 2 inch pleco - plecostomus called leo loves the filter in the record 70

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Daniel George - 2006-02-11
They love the light off

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Heather - 2006-02-01
I have 6 of these great fish. I have been researching sex difference. I see differences in a couple of mine and this is what I have noticed and my thoughts. The 2 have bigger bodys and their pectoral fins are larger and whiter with a flap of skin over top a bit looking like a double fin. They also have a larger anal area. all my silvertips are same age. These 2 I am guessing are females. The rest have normal size fins and just white strip. They don't have the skin flap over them looking like a double fin. Their anal area is not as large. I am guessing the signs are for male and female. I am hoping to breed and looking for info on breeding. I have bred asian needle noses which also no documentation on so I am hoping for miracle again with these sharks.

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