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ben - 2009-12-29
I bought my featherfin around 3cm and now its at full grown 15cm.
It tends to hide but will come out when feeding and I have found it swimming upside down near the surface of the water many times (thinking it has died!). Very hardy fish and cleans the bottom of the tank very well, but is territorial and doesn't like people looking at it (mine flinches and will try to hide even more when people look at it).

Word of advice, DO NOT keep with Neons, Cardinals or Rummynoses in the tank, it waits till they are asleep at night and gobbles them down. I have lost 15 cardinals over a few weeks and 7 rummynoses in one night to this eating machine. Unfortunately I had to separate my featherfin from my main tank due to these incidents...

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  • denise - 2011-04-06
    "Ben," I praise you for you comment. I have a large tank with a male betta, 15 neons a pleco,a few mollies and platys, 3 danios, 10 corys,1 frog. I recently added a featherfin. I started noticing my platys starting to act strangely, one looked real stressed and later died, another 2 are now poorly and I seperated them from the other fish. Then I noticed one of the teras was missing an eye, by that evening it was dead. Then another tetra was missing an eye. I couldnt understand what was going on, the tetras have been in the tank over 2 years now with no problems, the platys have been there about 18 months, again with no problems. I have spent hours looking for info on featherfins and tetras but to no avail, till I found your comment.... so thank you very much. i suppose I have no choice but to take the problem fish back. thanks again
  • Maddie - 2011-07-06
    I brought a featherfin over a year ago (originally sold to me as an upside-down catfish). He/she has grown to about 13cm. It's kept in a 200L tank with 2 silver sharks, 3 angelfish, 3 kuhli loaches, 2 paki loaches, about 10 neon tetras, and several mollies, platies, guppies and swordtails. My featherfin has gotten along fine with ALL of my fish, even though he/she is the biggest in the tank. It always seems scared at any slight movement.
    Only yesterday I brought another featherfin, this one however is about 18cm, and a lot fatter. Today I've noticed my smaller featherfin following the other. Once the new one notices its being followed, it chases my smaller one in circles. Can anyone tell me whether they're playing? Courting? Or bullying each other?
  • Jacki Wooge - 2012-11-12
    I've been going crazy with trying to figure out why my fish keep dying one by one. I have neons they've all survived as of yet but I've had mollies and guppies just start acting weird and then die. Sometimes I see a red spot on them. Ive been wondering if it was the lace catfish.
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linz - 2012-11-06
I recently got two albino corys just swims round top of tank never goes on for more than thirty seconds is that normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-06
    All corys have the ability to breathe atmospheric air to a certain extent if necessary.  This adaptation allows them to survive if their environment becomes oxygen-deprived for any reason. Darting to surface occassionaly, in the tank is perfectly natural and no cause for concern unless water conditions are deteriorating.
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KatiJ - 2012-08-25
I bought two silver tipped cat-sharks a few days ago. They were acting quite erratically, swimming side to side in the tank bouncing off of the glass. When I left my house this afternoon both fish were doing fine and ate with my other fish as usual. When I returned home a few hours later, they were both upside down at the top of the tank. One of them was clearly dead, and the other was laying there twitching quite a bit (kind of looked like a seizure). So I removed them from the tank and looked closer. The one fish looked pretty much normal aside from looking like it had a loose piece of skin here and there, and a small hole on the top of its head, nothing that looked really violent like an attack from another fish. Then I looked at the second one, it had a beige-ish looking semi see through substance on it, also there was a hole on the top of its head between its eyes like the other fish but it was ragged looking with the weird substance on it. Their nostrils looked a little beaten up from hitting the glass also. I tested the PH, Nitrite, Nitrate, and Ammonia levels: all were normal except the PH and Ammonia. I checked the PH this morning and it was 7.5 ppm, then it jumped to 8 ppm. and the ammonia was at 4 ppm. I have no idea what happened here and I know its a lot of information, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    I'm guessing they were sick when you got them... possibly a parasitic infection.
  • The Cat - 2012-10-29
    The hole in the head is probaly hole-in-head disease. But the other things I don't know.
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Anonymous - 2012-01-05
WHERE CAN I GET ONE?!?!?! every online store I go to is sold out or don't have them and I don't know any pet stores near fairfax county that have them. Can you give me a website or address?

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  • David Brough - 2012-01-26
    Maybe these are a seasonal fish. I noticed the same thing today... it is unusual to not find any atall!
  • bassmasterpro - 2012-10-28
    i have a bud that owns a HUGE aquarium store and i can get yall one half off
bassmasterpro - 2012-10-28
i have 10 in my 250 gallon the do great i feed them very very very small baitfish at 1 in the morning , they seem peaceful , but deep down inside there predators . also very stealthy and hide alot

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Angie - 2012-03-07
I got 2 of them a couple weeks ago, didn't see them for almost a week. I thought for sure they were dead somewhere in the tank so I moved a few things around looking for them and still couldn't find them. The next morning when I fed the fish I saw one pop its head out and when he saw the food he came right out and started feeding. Now it seems they have learned the feeding routine and when they hear the lid they both come out and swim around eating. they are beautiful and dont bother any of the other fish. I did notice that one hasnt changed in size and the other almost looks pregnant and its color is much darker than the other. they were the same size a couple weeks ago and now they are about a cm different. All the info i can find just says they are not easily bred in captivity but is it possible mine came to me pregnant? Are they live bearers or do they lay eggs?

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  • Angie - 2012-04-09
    Well its been a few months since I got my 2 and they have doubled in size!
  • questions online - 2012-05-12
    This helped me as well
  • talking to - 2012-06-10
    this helped me as well
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    They are egg layers. Hard to say if you have a female bearing eggs though. If you do... how exciting:)
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em - 2012-10-21
I recently bought a hi fin pangenese shark I have set up a an aquarium its a little over 250 liters is that big enough for him I try to get info on the net but nothing seems to be giving me the info I need! Like how. Warm must the water be its sits on 20 to 23 and he's seems to be ok . What do I feed him as all I have been feeding him is blood worms for about 3 weeks now a block in the morning and at night I realy need helphe has cost me a lot of money and don't want him to die!! I'm not sure if its a female or male he's small and black and can I put guppies in there for him to eat!! Help help help thanks em

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-22

    The tank is a bit too small.  They need at least 100 gallons to start and even that big tank will need upgrading to over 300 gallons.  It really needs more of a variety of foods.  In the home aquarium they will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, flake and pellet foods. These fish must have a balanced diet of green and meaty foods. To keep a good balance give them a high quality flake or pellet food two to three times daily, but give them only what they can consume within 5-10 minutes. Also feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms. You can supplement with live foods such as feeder fish, which have been quarantined and fed proper food, to gain excellent nutritional value. Additionally, these fish will accept live crickets, or worms.
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Pat campeau - 2012-10-20
I've enjoyed a 6 year old Striped Raphael. Named her Princes Di...she's shy, and loves to eat fancy baby clams/baby shrimp from a can (you can put clams/shrimp in a baggie, and keep fresh in the freezer until needed.

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pearl Murphy - 2012-10-14
My son in law has a Amazon Redtail Catfish, which has now developed a sort of fungi on his head down to his dorsal fin and now also other parts of his body please can you help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Sounds like a fungal infection, which will have to be treated or it can eventually kill your fish. Treating the tank with a fungus cure (there's several brands available at pet stores) is your best first step. You can isolate the fish in a hospital tank if needed. Also try to figure out what's up the the tank, and make sure your doing regular water changes..
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Kate H - 2012-10-02
I've noticed my little suckerfish going up for air several times. I'd not seen him do this previously. Am I worrying with reason or is this normal behavior?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-02
    They do this at times to help maintain bouyancy.  Also will do it when water conditions may need to be tested.

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