Animal Stories - Catfish


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Neill Drever - 2004-09-18
I have 4 of these unusal guys & they are a constant source of amusement from trying to find them in the sand to watching them after lights out. I got them whilst looking for tankmates for my Green Spotted Puffer. I wanted a fish that would clean up the puffers leftovers but would not cause a problem as puffers are notoriously agressive, the answer was certainly Banjo catfish!

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SHANNAN - 2004-09-14
HELLO MY DAUGTHER HAS HAD HER PLECOTOMUS SINCE MAY.HE IS VERY WELL TEMPERED AND HAS GROWN ABOUT THREE INCHES SINCE THEN,HE LIVES IN A TANK WITH GUPPIES, NEONS, AND GOLD FISH AND THEY ALL GET ALONG VERY WELL.HE HAS OUT LIVED ALMOST ALL THE REST SHE RECIEVED AND SEEMS TO COPE WITH CHANGES VERY WELL

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Valerie - 2004-09-06
I have had my pleco for about 4 years now. He (or she) is 12" long & lets me hand feed him flake food. When it is feeding time, he swims to the top of the water & I just drop the flakes in his mouth!!

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VeNuS - 2004-09-06
I have a 30 gallon tank, with 11 shark/catfish. 6 of the black tips
and 5 of the iridecent 3 of the 11 are almost 7 inches long.
I can not get over how fast they are growing.
I also have in my tank, 4 Angel fish, 2 Kissing Grouramis, some pink & blue tetras, some mollies, 2 loaches, 2 bottom feeders, and 4 bottom feeder catfish.
At Xmas I am going to be getting a 55 gallon tank to put them in.
I found all the stuff on this webpage very useful.
Any ideas as what I can put in the 55 gallon tank to make them more comfortable?

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flip - 2004-09-01
When I first got the 10 " shark he would not eat. It took 2 months for him to relax enough to eat with the light on when I drop in sinking discs. However it still has a damaged nose from when it banged into the glass when I first brought it home. It healed some but there are still 2 spots that are raw and dont heal.

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barrett - 2004-09-01
i play banjo, but never even knew there was such a thing as a banjo catfish until recently. while at the pet store i purchased a $1.oo lump of java fern(live plant), which the pet guy wadded up into a little ball and threw into a paper sack. then, i went to dinner, ate, had a dandy ole time, and drove home...total elapsed time, about an hour and a half. once home, i threw this clump of plant stuff into my tank, where it slowly began to spread out. later in the evening, much to my suprise, i saw this crazy looking fish in my tank which i had NO EARTHLY CLUE how it got there, or what it was...then my hot fish-nerd girlfriend identified it as a baby BANJO CATFISH. so there, beat that.

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Dean - 2004-08-28
hi. i have a large 12 inch pangasius and 3 small 3 inch ones. i find these fish very communal fish and get along with fish such as discus, sharks, elephant fish, plecs, and all sorts although his favourite companion is the small 3 inch shark cat which i recently bought. this fish also enjoys an actinic blue bulb during the night. this still gives a visual on the tank and it also brings his striping blue markings up. he is currently in a 7ft tank and loves it.

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Christopher Lee - 2004-08-14
I have two Red-Tailed catfish that just a year ago were as tiny as the typical goldfish would be. They were very cute and I was so enchanted by their exotic beauty I had to have them. I bought three and they were all very small. One -the smallest- quickly became lunch, to my dismay. I learned FAST that these are not your typical pet. Everything from my neon tetras to the plecostamus was disappearing, and the red-tails were growing. One was very aggressive and became much larger than the other. It soon turned its attention for lunch on my other remaining red-tail and I had to get a second 75 gallon tank to keep them apart. By that time they were a over a foot long with heads as large as a size 13 shoe. They eat out of my hands anything I feed them;frozen krill, and frozen or live feeder fish from the local petstore. I have never had a fish or pet that I enjoy caring for more than these catfish. The biggest of them is named Jaws and Whiskers is now growing rapidly since being placed in the new tank. I plan to get larger tanks in the future that resemble the South American habitat they thrive in. That will leave two empty tanks for a possible return of "normal" aquarium keeping...

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Torrey - 2004-08-04
I have one pleco that is about 4-5 inches in my 55 gallon tank. He is new to the tank. My tank consists of 2 baby red zebra cichlids, 2 other unknown cichlids and a goldfish. My other adult cichlids are quarantined because of an illness. I am soon getting a larger pleco about 6-7 inches long. A Pleco is an extremely hardy fish. They are great algae eaters. I never had an aggressive pleco in my tank(probably because I have cichlids). Great fish.

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Gloria - 2004-07-18
I have had my redtail for about 5 months, and am really intrigued by him. He eats like a horse. We feed him smelt, feeders, and pellets. I discovered one morning that my full-sized Jack Dempsey was missing in a haze of filmy water that was once crystal clear eight, hours prior to the discovery. Make sure you keep your tank stocked with feeders at all times or you will surely see a disappearing act in the morning. I highly recommend this fish, as he truly is a conversation piece.

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