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Henry - 2003-09-05
I used to keep just one cory with 3 angelfish. i thought it was a dull fish, always still and at a corner, never active except when frightened. however, after adding 5 cories -- it totally changed! it got lively, chased after them curiously, and appeared sniffing at them! He loved their company! Now they are often travelling together, and they share food like good siblings. The best thing about them -- they never get jealous over whose share of food is more! Avoid salt at all, they are extremely sensitive to it.

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Iv - 2003-08-27
Very peaceful, and good cleaners of your tank! Feed them every other day, so that way they will eat the algea, and the left over food on the bottom from the other fish, dont worry they will never starve! They are good cleaners and dont get very big (only 2 inches). When you want to feed them or give them a treat, buy them food tablets that sink down, and watch the fun unfold! Very active throughout the day.

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LoL - 2012-11-16
Four line pims are great fish for a 75 gallon or larger tank with medium size tankmates as long as you have exclent filtration. Rember to feed them a balanced diet, they espicaly love shrimp!

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ivor whitehouse - 2005-10-28
excellent and interesting fish. i bought four babys and they grew into two breeding pairs which have laid nine batches of eggs over the past twelve months. i've had over a hundred young which survived from the eggs and have given many away. they are easy to breed and seem to be quite hardy with only the very young ones dying now and again. i feed algae wafers as they clean the tanks of natural algae. they are crazy about cucumber and they will eat plants if you don't provide enough food. they will strip broad leaved plants in the aquarium by rasping at the leaves. so to say they leave plants alone is a little untrue as they only seem to ignore them when well fed. i use bog wood in my tanks which also keeps them happy and is supposed to help with digestion in some way. the information about them being nocturnal is not so accurate as the females and youngsters seem to be quite active when the lighting is on with only the adult males wanting to stay hidden. i love these fish along with clown loaches.

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  • Emma - 2011-09-15
    Dear Ivor

    I have a breeding pair of bristlenose plecos. About a week ago they had a bat of 50 eggs which all hatched into free swimmers. This morning I awoke to 45/50 fry dead on the bottom of the tank and am a bit confused as they were all very active last night before I went to bed. Do you have any ideas as to what I may be doing wrong as this also happened with the last batch aswell.
  • jerry12345 - 2013-05-23
    I have 6 albino and 6 brown bristlenose , if I leave them together will they inter breed / if so I will separate them
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
my friend said that he went swimming some where and saw Australian shark catfish that were about 1.75 metres long! im going to get some of the Australia species on the week end, there the easiest to find here because there native ( also these fish were seen in freshwater, they grow even bigger in salt!)

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    anyone got suggestions on what keep it with? im thinking maybe with my tandus tandus catfish, hopefully they will be good friends ( unlike what happened to my bristle nose catfish )
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    I think you'll have better luck with this combo, as they occupy different areas of the tank and don't look alike. Have fun!
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
    Tandanus catfish don't look anywhere near what bristle nose look like, they look like silver tipped sharks but brown and have a tail.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
    an ell tail
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Simon - 2013-05-14
I have a Chocolate Catfish who is roughly 9 years old now. When he was small he liked to live in a coral rock we had and 1 day we realised he'd got stuck in it due to his spines. We tried various methods of getting him free, including carrying the rock outside and banging it on the floor! He must have been out the water for nearly 30 mins as we tried to free him (we kept dipping him back in obviously) and in the end i got a hammer and chisel and chipped away part of the rock. He looked a bit bruised and we weren't sure he'd last the night but he's still going strong

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    Wow, what an interesting experience. I'm glad he's still going strong... they are pretty tough dudes:)
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
i cant keep these my tandanus catfish kills them for fun D: i put three in all died i wondered why, so i got them out and my tandanus cat went balistic at the one i was getting out!! i feed my tandanus live gambusia affins everyday (they are a pest where i live so i feed it ones from the creek) and it loves them!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    Well at least your Tandanus Catfish are happy:) Sounds like a great situation, even if you can't keep a Bristlenosed Catfish with them.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-14
    tandanus catfish are beautiful fish and are very funny, but they can grow up to 90 cm long! my one is 17 cm long, it is becoming a real pet!
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Larry Hamblin - 2013-05-11
my 6 month old male albino long finned bristle-nose died and I don't know what it was!!!he was in a tank with 2 normal bristle-nose that I have had for about 6 years another longfinned female bristle-nose I got around the same time, 3 rams, 8 neons, 4 khuli loaches!

 Well it all started when I got 2 dwarf flag cichlids 2 months back(I think anyway) about 1 week after introducing these little guys to the tank I noticed the free swimming fish glancing there sides on bits of dirft wood then I notice the horrable little things that I think are the problem! mites! hundreds of tiny red ones about half a mm long!! 

 The albinos first sign of being sick was the veins in his head became very noticable!(bright red) so I done a 30% water change and cleaned the filter! after that he hid for about a week but came out with the bloats, so I set up a 35L tank with 70% water from the big tank and some fresh stuff! gave him a 5min salt bath between switching tanks! he sat under drift wood in the tank without moving much the next time I saw him out he had swelling over 80% of his face and pop eye two weeks later he died, when I pulled him out of the tank he had 5 blisters down his flanks between 4mm and 8mm in size!! very swollen belly but didn't look like bloat, the pop eye had gone about 2 days earlier so I thought he was one the mend!!

1) do you think he got enternal parasites from eating mites???

2) what else could it have been???

3) will it sprend to my other fish???

4) whats best to treat the tank with???

I'm spewing cause I had just given the last of my sterazin to a friend for their fish!! and another thing now 1 of my rams has either the mites stuck all over 1 fin or ich but i turned the tank up to 35c and whatever it is didn't drop off and multicure isn't working!! looks like ich but bigger!! don't think its the mites heaps bigger and not red more white/pink nearlly look like lice but smaller! any ideas on these would be much appreciated!!!

cheers!!

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  • David Brough - 2013-05-12
    Hey Larry,

      I would try a copper based ich medication like aquarisol or coppersafe if you don't have invertebrates in the aquarium that you want to live. If you do, you can take them out before medicating. If you think you may have a secondary bacterial infection (pop-eye, fin rot, etc) you could also treat with anti-biotic or anti-fungal medication like melafix and pimafix, methylene blue, malachite green, maracin or any of the many anti-bacterial and fungal medications. It sounds like you may have introduced one or several diseases when you added the flag cichlids and yes, it may spread to the other fish. Good luck, I hope this works for you.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-13
    I'm so sorry to hear about your fish! What a disaster, I too think a parasite was introduced with your new fish. I did a bit of researching, and one thing I thought might be the parasite is fish lice. These little parasites come attached to a host, and as they infect the fish, small red spots or sores develop. So that may be the type of parasite you are dealing with.
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Charlotte - 2012-06-08
Hi can anyone tell me why my shark cat fish are losing the black off them and are just silver now, bit worried as 1 died few days ago from white spot which I've treated and the 2 are clear of it. Wondering if it could have anything to do with the treatment I put in the water. They are also not eating like they usually do lots of?  

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-08
    Check your amonia levels.
  • Desiree - 2013-05-09
    they are called silver tip sharks and there also called columbian sharks.. i have had a few of them they do loose there black when they get older hints the name silver tips. they also do way better in a brackish water. they do eat differently when they get older.. hope this helps you
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EFFER - 2013-04-10
I have 14inches RTC (5 months) and for the last 4 days he is not eating, his last meal was last Sunday - 2 gold fish, after that he don't eat at all. his color is remained like before black with spots, im just worried coz I already put Tetra General medicine, change water on a daily basis and yet no good progress. Should I change the water again and put Melafix? is aquarium salt is good for RTC? coz I read so many forum some said it is ok, some said it is not. I really appreciate your help. thanks.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-11
    Not advisable to add salt to their water.
  • Anonymous - 2013-04-29
    feed it blood worms
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