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Dan - 2005-09-20
Hello I just wanted to warn everybody that these sharks (catfish) get very large. My girlfriend had 2 of them and they were getting too large for her 22 gallon tank, so she asked me to take them into my 42 gallon Octogon. Well the cute little 5 inch fish is now 15 inchs and the other one is about 7 inchs. I now need to either get rid of them or build me a larger tank, I believe I will build a new tank. If they out grow that I do not know what to do then. Good luck with your sharks.
P.s. my are named JabberJaws (large) and Sharky

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val - 2005-09-18
We have a talking cat in our tank with discus fish. His name is The Tank. We were really worried about his distended looking belly....that is until we read what everyone else says about theirs. He is fat and happy. He really likes algae wafers and pushes the pleco out of the way to eat the wafers. He used to live behind the aerator but now he has a log that he wedges himself under. He likes to ferret his food to this spot as well. So far he has only stabbed my husband twice when we moved him to different tanks.

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karl fethe - 2005-09-14
if you're a beginning aquarist, this is the fish to start with. i bought a spotted raphael cat from walmart about a year ago, maybe longer, he still outlasts 90% of the fish that i put in my tank

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wayne - 2005-09-14
Hi, I have owned a red-tailed catfish since February of this year. As time Passe it got very big! It was about 3" when I bought it and now it is about 13"!!! He really became part of our family. He is in a 150 gallon aquarium but soon he will find himself in a 450 gallon.

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michael - 2005-09-11
Don't be so sure yours is a female, the comments about male plecs having bristles is only related to bristlenose plecs, a small species. Yours would not have bristles even it was a male.

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michael - 2005-09-11
These fish, at adult stage, require at least a 180 gallon (6 ft x 2ft x 2ft) aquarium, with brackish water. I have 2 currently in an 85g (5ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft), they are about 8 inches long. A great fish but require a very large tank!

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Cathy - 2005-09-10
I was recently given 2 columbian sharks. They seem like little clowns. I sit and watch them for the longest time. They swim kinda crazy though, in circles and doing flips side ways. I will be putting them in a 150 gal. tank in a couple of weeks.

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Pamela - 2005-09-09
We purchased two catfish from Wal-Mart on July 29, 2005. They had them labeled as cory cats. I found out on September 9, 2005 that they were lace cats. When we first got them, they were the same size as a small cory (about 1 inch long). One is almost 5 inches long now and the other one is a little over 5 inches long. They have grown a lot in one month. We feed them the same thing our other fish get fed; high quality flakes and newborn guppies. They are in a 29 gallon tank with two pacus, two bala sharks, one tiger barb, two tetras with a single spot on the tail, two small danios, two large danios, one red tail shark, and one sailfin pleco. Every fish we have bought has tripled in size within one month of their purchase. We have had our balas for nine months now and they are over ten inches long. People have told me they are a few of the biggest they have seen. But the prettiest fish we have are the two lace cats and they are fun to watch.

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Andrea - 2005-09-05
The fish with barbels-whiskers you're talking about in the comments isn't common pleco, but Ancistrus....anyway, pleco is my favourite fish, I had one when I was a kid, it grew up to 25cm....I still keep it frozen in my fridge...creepy, eh?
5 months ago I bought a new pleco, and he's alone in his tank, I don't want to waste time and money on other fish...he's my beloved one...I'm still sorry for my first pleco died(don't know why, it was 2 years old and everything was OK with it) so now i hope i'll manage to raise this new pleco properly, i hope it grows even larger and healthier than the first one.

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Jo - 2005-09-04
My partner was given 2 large plecos (about 10") about a week ago. I think they are amazing and could spend hours just watching them. They seem to get on well most of the time and are never far from each other although the smaller of the two can sometimes be a bit of a bully/play rough. They live with 6 neons and and dont bother them at all. All in all these are great fish. They only problems is i cant tell how old they are.

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