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Tan Hui Chun - 2009-11-26
Hi, I wish to ask some question. How come my red tail catfish easily die? For example, I just buy one today, it die after two or three days? Thanks.

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  • Fishman - 2010-03-26
    All specimens of this fish are wild caught and they don't fair well being shipped if you absolutely have to buy one then buy them from a place with an arrive alive guarantee. Also how big is the tank they're in these are messy fish and a juvenile has a 50 gal minimum but they will grow and they will grow fast it probably got stunted and died or it had parasites when you got it.
  • Nick T. - 2010-07-23
    It could be many things, but it is probably the water temperature or the PH level. The temperature for a Red-Tailed Catfish should remain between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit(21 to 26 degrees Celsius), although it may vary a few degrees either way. The PH level should also remain between 6.5 and 7.5. I hope this has helped some!
  • Josh - 2011-07-18
    No way dude most 55 gallons are 48 inches long, and that is 4 feet and a redtailed catfish can grow 5 feet but grows 3 feet at a minimum 3 feet= 36 inches, that would mean your catfish could not even turn around, not only that but he wouldnt even fit in the tank
  • Jerry j - 2013-03-24
    I have a large redtail catfish about 51/2 inch. I put him in a 125 gallon tank with my blue channel catfish which is about 6/7 inch. But noe my red tail has white spots all over him and he don't really move around much. Wat can I do to save him before its to late
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-24
    Jerry, I would raise temp and treat with a little aquarium salt.  Or can treat with ich medication.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-24
    Generally if the spots look like it is sprinkled with salt, then it could be ich, but if they are larger it could be fungus. Be very careful when treating catfish as they are scaleless. They can be treated with pimafix or melafix but should not be treated with potassium permanganate or copper based medications. (Many ich medications have copper, so be sure you check the ingredients before you treat.)  Malachite green or formalin can be used at one half to one fourth the recommended dosage. All medications should be used with caution.
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Miss Cellany - 2012-12-24
I have a single ID shark in a 20 gallon - he has grown to 7 inches and I am now upgrading him to a 55 gallon tank. When he outgrows that I will probably try to make an indoor pond for him =S If I had known how large they get I never would have bought him - stupid fish store employee lied to me when I asked if they got large!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-24
    Unfortunately that is very common with these fish.  They are so small at the pet stores and not a lot of people a successful in providing the proper home for these fish to grow and be healthy.  The 55 gallon should last for some time.  Good luck with you big fish!
  • jim - 2013-02-03
    i have one in my 45 and have a 90 gallon fish tank wean he gets old and have about 6 diffrent filters in the 90 so will that do
  • Adam - 2013-02-14
    I've had one for some years now and he has not grown. From my understanding fish will only grow to the size of the aquarium and not bigger. Mine has always been about 7' long!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-09
    Can an id shark live with a corys in a 80 long tanks i have 2 id sharks and 20 3 inch corycatfish is that ok or should i sell the id sharks or corys if nedded?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-09
    They should do just fine with the corys.
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Animal-World info on Julii Cory
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Jennifer Lafon - 2013-01-15
I recently purchased 4 more julii Cory catfish to my community aquarium. I first purchased 2 & had to have more they add a lot of fun to the gang.I was wondering if anyone knows how long it takes for then to get to be full size adults?

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  • Jennifer Lafon - 2013-03-07
    After I added my 4 new lil julii corys, 1 died in a few days, he must have been sick because all of my others are doing fine. The problem now is, I have a moderatley to heavy planted tank. I count my fish daily yet my julii's are aalways hiding. They live w/ 6brilliant rasnora, 6 harlequin rasbora 6, long fin cherry barbs and a few oto catfish. Could one of my other fish be bothering them or do you think they are just hiding from the higher light during times of heavy lighting which I have for plant growth? When I turn my led blue light on in the evening they do come out to feed. & play??? Maybe too many plants or could it be something else ??? I'm concerned. Should I remove some of my plants? Idk. Anyadvise is
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-07
    They may come out more when lights are off.  What other fish are in the tank?   Plants should not be an issue>
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Brittany - 2013-03-06
I have had my Rapheal catfish for two years now and I am still bewildered to why he likes to swim the tank upside down and not right side up. Can anyone tell me why he prefers to swim upside down?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-06
    That is pretty common for them to do.  Many swim sideways, upside down and of course right side up.
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Ryan - 2004-05-05
This catfish gets MUCH larger than 24 inches. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha,Nebraska has a two that rival the size of any blue cat I have seen, and I have seen photos of these fish approaching 5 feet. Keep this in mind when the pet store says this fish will stop at 15-20 inches.I have seen verified weights well over 60 pounds, and I think the world record was nearly(or maybe over) 100 pounds.

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Jeremy Galloway - 2007-12-30
I have a RTC that is roughly 30 inches in length. He is great! He has eaten from my hand since he was only around a half an inch long. I started feeding him red worms and moved up to earthworms and then too catfish food and for the last couple of years he has been eating kibbles and chunks dog food. I feed him about six pieces twice a day and am careful not to over feed him. I would love to show you how he acts! He has toys in his tank that he loves to play with (nothing he can swallow) and loves to be played with. I take my hand and pet him and also wrestle with him by grabbing his tail and pushing him through the water. He will actually put his tail in my hand and want me to push him. He has a ball in his tank that he will balance on his head and push throught the water from one end of the tank to the next. He loves attention and if he wants it he gets it by splashing water or hitting the tank lid or his new thing is to spit water half way across the room. He is truly a great pet and i consider him part of the family.

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  • Jay - 2013-02-22
    Is your Rtc on YouTube if so send me a link.
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chris - 2010-12-20
What does it mean when you're Bristlnose lies on it's back, but is still alive and breathing and fine when you put food in?

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  • Janet - 2013-02-12
    Hi I remember seeing a picture in a book of a bristle-nose laid on its back with a circle of cucumber around it. It had eaten all the middle and was resting so don't worry I understand this to be normal behaviour when they are full lol. Janet
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jodie mains - 2012-09-22
i have a tank with roughly 120 bristlenose catfish any body intersted give me a call 07796345157

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-09
    I love these catfish, I have 4 juveniles that are growing well and will soon be needing their own tanks. But I hope to breed them. (Hopefully I'll have one of each sex!)
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Dusty - 2013-02-07
I have an 11 year old synodontis catfish in a 55 gallon tank with two tinfoil barbs, which are all about 8 inches long. My fish eat so much that I put an automatic feeder on the tank so I don't under feed them. My catfish ate all other tank mates that I have tried: Chinese algae eaters, a red tail shark, and even pearl garamies. I quit trying to add other fish after that.

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josh fisk - 2013-01-30
does anyone's featherfin have a tail that has three points? sort of like a trident

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-31
    That's really strange, not usual for this catfish:)
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