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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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corna - 2013-10-22
I have three striped catfish. I have put them into a larger tank yesterday. They were all over the place last night and one of my catfish swims underneath the other two. It seems to be rubbing its head underneath the others mouths. It was still doing it by the time I went to bed, so I don't know how long it lasted. But it started just after dark and I went to bed around half past 11. Is this normal? They all fed really well, and are tucked in today. I can't find any info on what my fish is doing.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I haven't found any info on this 'rubbing' type of behavior with catfish. But strange behaviors can increase when these fish are stressed (possibly the new tank) and catfish can become more aggressive and territorial towards other catfish as they mature. Hopefully they have settled in and all is well. If it continues I would watch our for disease, as scratching is often indicative of that. Good luck.
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nick H. - 2012-05-30
I had a iredecent in a 30 gallon grow out he was about 1-2 in long also I kept him here because he was very lethargic. He would swim about a few inches then just sink to the bottom and lay on his side. I saw some ich on him so I raised the temp to 80 degrees f and then treated half strength with ich treatment. but he was still lethargic. I had plenty of live plants around the back and sides of the aquarium and loads of small live plants for him to rest in. I also had about 6 corys because he was a messy eater. lol thnx

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  • G Fox - 2013-09-28
    Be careful what medicine you treat your fish with. Some of these are deadly and will kill the fish. Always read the ingredients on the bottle carefully.
  • Sherry - 2013-10-09
    I have an iridescent shark in a 45 gallon tank. He just lies on the bottom and once in a while he will swim in a circle real fast. Then he will lie on the bottom again, sometimes on his side. This has been going on for a month or more. It looks like he is dying and then he moves. I do not see signs of ich, but the guy at the pet store said fin rot. I have medicine for that. It says to treat 7 days, I have treated 4 days so far and do not see any sign of improvement. The other fish in the tank do not bother him. Any suggestions?
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joe - 2011-01-22
I need help my raphael catfish is sick! He has been in the same tank for months, and has been doing just fine. One day I came home and his white stripes have turned a redish pink color and he has stopped floating. I don't know what to do, any advice to provide me would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    Red streaks could indicate fin rot or red pest diseases. See here and here for those.

    Swimming problems could be due to swim bladder problems, which usually indicates other problems. See here for swim bladder disease.
  • Daniel Holloway - 2013-09-10
    Try a dose of kanaplex should clear it up
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Anonymous - 2013-08-23
I have 6 pangasius, My largest one is 6 and a half feet and that is just under a year. I keep mine in a 9000 gallon aquarium with many other massive fish like a 2 foot balance shark.

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  • Casey - 2013-08-31
    Just watch your silver shark because I have 3 Pangasius Hi Fins and I had 3 silver sharks also knowan as a Bala shark and one of my Pangasius Hi Fin has eatan one of my silver sharks!
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-Kenzie - 2004-12-23
Cories are an excellent addition to any community tank! They get along great with all community fish and are very calm, friendly, fish. I love watching them swim in all areas of the tank! They are so peaceful and relaxing! They do best in groups of at least three or else they tend to get quite lonely! Cories are also excellent bottom feeders! They clean all leftover foods that fall on the bottom of the tank with their "vaccumm shaped" mouths! Good Luck to all Cori owners! I love these fish! (but they are very difficult to breed-i have had no luck so far)

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Briana - 2003-12-19
I have two albino corys, one Julli cory and two emerald corys. They are in a 55 gallon with one pangasius cat, a pearl flowerhorn, a pleco, a banjo cat, and a spotted green puffer. Everyone gets along very well. The corys love to school together and you can tell the albinos are a pair - they are always together. I keep my temp for all of these fish at 78 degrees and feed a very large variety of food. The corys love bloodworms and beefheart! They have grown a lot since I first got them and I add 1 tablespoon of salt per every 5 gallons of water in my tank with no problems to these fish. Everyone in this tank is extremelly healthy and I have not had problems with any of them. Good luck to everyone!

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Iv - 2003-08-27
If you dont like the catfish that stick to a window all day and dont move, then the CORYDORAS species, and especially this one is for you. Its very peaceful, and a good gravel cleaner. Just make sure that the gravel its not rough (no stones or anything) because that can cut and injure their stomachs because they swim very close to the bottom. If you want rocks and stuff, buy rocks that are POLISHED, so they wont injure your Cory Catfish. This species is very active and they go around your tank all day like a little submarine looking for food. Buy them in pair because they get lonely, and besides, they like to swim 2-4 in pcks, and its very fun and entertaining for the person thats looking at them! Irecommend this fish!

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