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Anthony Pollock - 2013-01-28
I have a striped catfish to say he is a character is an understatement. His friends in the tank with him are 2 white oscars, a piranah, and a largish plec they all happily get along but would love a mate for it, he has lots of places to hide but prefers to get out and about with his friends. Any ideas how I can tell if it's male or female def. want to get a partner for it :)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-30
    Adult females are wider when viewed from above.  Difficult if you do not have others to compare to it.
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Larry - 2009-11-23
I have 2 featherfins in a 55 gallon tank with a few zebra danios, glow-fin tetras, black tetras, and 2 golden algae eaters. They all get along just fine. I did have the same problems others mentioned with neon tetras disappearing, but only with neons. Featherfins just like the taste of neons apparently. The best way to introduce new fish to your tank with the territorial featherfins is to rearrange the tank. Move the plants and rocks around at the same time that you add the new fish. The confusion makes them think they are in a new area (which has the new fish), and the territory is no longer theirs. It has worked great for me for all fish except the neons. Just don't add neons to a tank with featherfins and you should be okay.

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  • Ryan - 2010-10-17
    I've actually been able to keep neons with featherfins successfully. I currently have 6 neons in my 55 gallon aquarium with 2 featherfins. But they were raised with many small fish which included 5 neons in my old 20 gallon aquarium. They usually don't get too aggressive towards bottom dwellers, but from time to time will spar with each other around the tank. But I have had 3 out of 7 kuli loaches die lately, but I don't know if it was from them or old age, but I hope you have greater luck with smaller fish with the guys!
  • Ren - 2013-01-24
    My featherfin ate 14 fresh shrimp in two days. Every weekend I would buy at least 10 and couldn't figure out where they were going. I owned it for a year before he ever came out of his cave so I call it Houdini, it had tripled in size when he finally showed up. It gets against the highest center piece and just hovers in a perfect vertical 90 and lets the bubbles go up his belly. Very enjoyable now that I see it, very playful with my 7' placo, they are like bff's, inseperable.
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Gina - 2012-11-16
I adopted my Cory under very SAD conditions... Came home to a neighbor moving and noticed a freshly-emptied fishtank near his vehicle and I instinctively looked at the gravel to see what contents he tossed and.. (you guessed it!).. noticed 2 inches of fish laying in the 94 degree heat in direct sunlight. Poor thing had laid there for about three minutes. Scooped that bad-boy up and ran to the spicket and scolded my neighbor for being so careless. Well, fishy was in shock for about a week - understandably so.. but he survived.. this happened 6 months ago. He's now got a litter-mate and a few goldfish as his adopted family, and he's a real trooper. I <3 my fishies!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-16
    Good going -
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nawal - 2013-01-03
i have 5' RTC for the last 1 week we are feeding him with small pieces of chicken (5 pcs. per meal)day and night, however starting yesterday he starts to vomit some of the chicken and avoid eating anything, water is regularly changed also. what i have to do to bring back his appetite? i dont want him to die. pls. help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Some times chicken can be hard to process, the protien can be hard on the fish.  Try some live food to get appetite back and stick with foods that come from the water as these are easier for the fish to digest.
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Karen - 2012-11-28
I just got two Raphaels and one has a huge belly. The other one stays with this one constantly. I have read that they are hard to breed. If they are going to spawn, is there anything that I need to do:separate the two from the other fish, etc.? Thanx!

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  • Jerry Cloutier - 2012-12-30
    I have two striped Raphaels, one of whom is going on 15 yrs old and the other whos is 7 yrs old. Both have huge bellies as you describe. They are both healthy and from what I have seen, the huge belly is simply a characteristic of this fish once it becomes an adult. I doubt your Raphies are spawning.....I'd guess they are simply being the fish that they are.
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Tawny Ross - 2012-12-15
Can anyone tell me if the Raphael will help control algae at all? I have lost yet another Pleco and don't want to spend another $50 to get the size I need for one to survive my Oscars. I stumbled upon the Raphael as a good tank mate for Oscars. I have very aggressive Oscars so I need a fish that can clean my tank that they can't harm. I have started feeding live fish and that has helped a ton. They didn't kill my last Pleco, I lost him to low water temps. Winter hit and my heater had trouble keeping up, so I have added a second heater to my tank.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    Unfortunatly they will not do the job of a pleco.  An algae magnet on the tank will do a nice job leaving the algae to be easily vacuumed.
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sharon - 2012-04-11
Hi I just bought a tank and it had a big plec in but it's spotted skin is dark and other parts very faded please help me

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-12
    Some times it is just there natural camo. How is your amonia levels? This will some time wash out a fish's color if it is too high.
  • Meob57 - 2012-11-28
    Hi, just read your note,my pleco was 3' a year ago now 11'. It will cost a small fortune to get a tank big enough for him/her? What do other fish lovers recommend. Another reader stated that if they don't have a big enough tank the inside keeps growing and the upside stops because of the tank size and they can explode.  Please say this is'nt true.
  • Meob57 - 2012-11-28
    Hi, just read you note, my pleco was 3' a year ago now 11'.It will cost a small fortune to get a tank big enough for him/her? What do other fish lovers recommend. Another reader stated that if they don't have a big enough tank the inside keeps growing and the outside stops because of the tank size and they can explode. Please say this is'nt true.
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Jason - 2009-06-19
My four line cat fish is 15 inches long. In the wild four line cat fish grow up to 7 feet.

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  • jason - 2011-03-10
    I messed up I don't mean 7 seven feet I mean they can get 17 inches.
  • David Brough - 2012-01-26
    Im wondering if you have a different catfish with the same common name. I have found no references to Pimolodus blochii getting over 12 inches.
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Soumaya findlay - 2012-11-24
Hi can anyone help I brought a Catshark two weeks ago its seems to do most of it's swimming once the light is off when light is on it mostly sits lays in the same corner moving every now and them, Is this normal

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-24
    These fish don't tend to settle down until their environment is right. As in your example, if they are uncomfortable they will tend to stay in a corner, often near a filter. This fish is quite lively when young, and can be kept in freshwater for awhile, but as it ages it will need an increasingly more brackish, even marine environment.



    They are not difficult to keep as long as they have the proper tank setup. They are nocturnal, predatory, and migratory fish. This makes them very active, especially at night. They need a good sized tank with a large filter that creates a good current. Provide them with some caves for hiding, a dark substrate, and subdued lighting. They grow rather large, reaching at least 8' (20 cm) in length, and are a schooling fish, so its best to keep at least three.



    The tank should have a turn over rate of about 8x's the water volume, and about 10-12 times a day. As they mature this species requires a high salinity brackish water. They will need a specific gravity of 1.010 or above to keep them healthy. Start with a bare minimum specific gravity of 1.005 and slowly raise it. Use a hydrometer to measure the salinity and use only marine aquarium salt, not aquarium salt.
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Stewart - 2010-12-08
I have a 125 gallon with a 18 inch red tail, to me the most amazing catfish in the world! He lives with a 20 inch Pleco, so far so good. Someone said they were setting up an indoor pond, only 10 minutes before I read that, the same thing entered my mind. What other way in a home could I keep Bonnie&Clyde,the red tails name is Clyde? Thanks to all of you for your help, Stewart.

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  • LoL - 2012-11-16
    Well you would have to build or custom order a 2,000 plus gallon tank with incredible filtration.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-16
    If you have the space an indoor pond would be a great way to keep this large fish.  Filtration would be a very important concern for these guys..
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