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ivor whitehouse - 2005-10-28
excellent and interesting fish. i bought four babys and they grew into two breeding pairs which have laid nine batches of eggs over the past twelve months. i've had over a hundred young which survived from the eggs and have given many away. they are easy to breed and seem to be quite hardy with only the very young ones dying now and again. i feed algae wafers as they clean the tanks of natural algae. they are crazy about cucumber and they will eat plants if you don't provide enough food. they will strip broad leaved plants in the aquarium by rasping at the leaves. so to say they leave plants alone is a little untrue as they only seem to ignore them when well fed. i use bog wood in my tanks which also keeps them happy and is supposed to help with digestion in some way. the information about them being nocturnal is not so accurate as the females and youngsters seem to be quite active when the lighting is on with only the adult males wanting to stay hidden. i love these fish along with clown loaches.

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  • Emma - 2011-09-15
    Dear Ivor

    I have a breeding pair of bristlenose plecos. About a week ago they had a bat of 50 eggs which all hatched into free swimmers. This morning I awoke to 45/50 fry dead on the bottom of the tank and am a bit confused as they were all very active last night before I went to bed. Do you have any ideas as to what I may be doing wrong as this also happened with the last batch aswell.
  • jerry12345 - 2013-05-23
    I have 6 albino and 6 brown bristlenose , if I leave them together will they inter breed / if so I will separate them
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Simon - 2013-05-14
I have a Chocolate Catfish who is roughly 9 years old now. When he was small he liked to live in a coral rock we had and 1 day we realised he'd got stuck in it due to his spines. We tried various methods of getting him free, including carrying the rock outside and banging it on the floor! He must have been out the water for nearly 30 mins as we tried to free him (we kept dipping him back in obviously) and in the end i got a hammer and chisel and chipped away part of the rock. He looked a bit bruised and we weren't sure he'd last the night but he's still going strong

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    Wow, what an interesting experience. I'm glad he's still going strong... they are pretty tough dudes:)
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
i cant keep these my tandanus catfish kills them for fun D: i put three in all died i wondered why, so i got them out and my tandanus cat went balistic at the one i was getting out!! i feed my tandanus live gambusia affins everyday (they are a pest where i live so i feed it ones from the creek) and it loves them!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    Well at least your Tandanus Catfish are happy:) Sounds like a great situation, even if you can't keep a Bristlenosed Catfish with them.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-14
    tandanus catfish are beautiful fish and are very funny, but they can grow up to 90 cm long! my one is 17 cm long, it is becoming a real pet!
Larry Hamblin - 2013-05-11
my 6 month old male albino long finned bristle-nose died and I don't know what it was!!!he was in a tank with 2 normal bristle-nose that I have had for about 6 years another longfinned female bristle-nose I got around the same time, 3 rams, 8 neons, 4 khuli loaches!

 Well it all started when I got 2 dwarf flag cichlids 2 months back(I think anyway) about 1 week after introducing these little guys to the tank I noticed the free swimming fish glancing there sides on bits of dirft wood then I notice the horrable little things that I think are the problem! mites! hundreds of tiny red ones about half a mm long!! 

 The albinos first sign of being sick was the veins in his head became very noticable!(bright red) so I done a 30% water change and cleaned the filter! after that he hid for about a week but came out with the bloats, so I set up a 35L tank with 70% water from the big tank and some fresh stuff! gave him a 5min salt bath between switching tanks! he sat under drift wood in the tank without moving much the next time I saw him out he had swelling over 80% of his face and pop eye two weeks later he died, when I pulled him out of the tank he had 5 blisters down his flanks between 4mm and 8mm in size!! very swollen belly but didn't look like bloat, the pop eye had gone about 2 days earlier so I thought he was one the mend!!

1) do you think he got enternal parasites from eating mites???

2) what else could it have been???

3) will it sprend to my other fish???

4) whats best to treat the tank with???

I'm spewing cause I had just given the last of my sterazin to a friend for their fish!! and another thing now 1 of my rams has either the mites stuck all over 1 fin or ich but i turned the tank up to 35c and whatever it is didn't drop off and multicure isn't working!! looks like ich but bigger!! don't think its the mites heaps bigger and not red more white/pink nearlly look like lice but smaller! any ideas on these would be much appreciated!!!


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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-13
    I'm so sorry to hear about your fish! What a disaster, I too think a parasite was introduced with your new fish. I did a bit of researching, and one thing I thought might be the parasite is fish lice. These little parasites come attached to a host, and as they infect the fish, small red spots or sores develop. So that may be the type of parasite you are dealing with.
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Charlotte - 2012-06-08
Hi can anyone tell me why my shark cat fish are losing the black off them and are just silver now, bit worried as 1 died few days ago from white spot which I've treated and the 2 are clear of it. Wondering if it could have anything to do with the treatment I put in the water. They are also not eating like they usually do lots of?  

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-08
    Check your amonia levels.
  • Desiree - 2013-05-09
    they are called silver tip sharks and there also called columbian sharks.. i have had a few of them they do loose there black when they get older hints the name silver tips. they also do way better in a brackish water. they do eat differently when they get older.. hope this helps you
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EFFER - 2013-04-10
I have 14inches RTC (5 months) and for the last 4 days he is not eating, his last meal was last Sunday - 2 gold fish, after that he don't eat at all. his color is remained like before black with spots, im just worried coz I already put Tetra General medicine, change water on a daily basis and yet no good progress. Should I change the water again and put Melafix? is aquarium salt is good for RTC? coz I read so many forum some said it is ok, some said it is not. I really appreciate your help. thanks.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-11
    Not advisable to add salt to their water.
  • Anonymous - 2013-04-29
    feed it blood worms
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susan lee - 2013-04-27
My large Bristle-nose is looking sick, I have had him for over 1 year. He has in the last week big white patches on his skin, can someone tell me what to do? I have been adding melafix to the tank the last 2 days, but it is getting worse.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27
    White patches on the skin are sometimes the result of an aggressive tankmate, or possibly a problem with the fish laying near the heater. So I would look for clues on those. But it could also be Columnaris. This is a bacterial infection that's common in aquarium fish, but particularly with livebearing fish and catfish.

    Columnaris is usually called such things as Cotton-Wool, Cotton-Mouth, Mouth Fungus, Mouth-Rot, Saddle Back, and several more names. Usually it affects the mouth area, but can also be on the skin, fins, or gills, and even internal. It usually starts with  white or grayish white spots on the head, fins or gills, and then develops into a grayish-white film or yellow to gray patches as it eats away the fish's tisuue. The name 'Saddle Back' comes from lesions on the back that extend down the sides.

    Melafix is a good general tonic type treatment that can often help, but it may not be enough. To treat Columnaris do a water change and vacuum the gravel. Then treat with an antibiotic, but do so with extreme care. Avoid salt or copper sulfates as these are dangerous for scaleless fish like the Bristlenose Catfish.
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CP - 2013-04-17
I am rehabing two irradescent sharks that were left behind by a frinds renter. The fish had been placed in a garbage can outside. I have managed to rid them of fungus and their wounds are healing but I have not found any food they seem to eat. They are presently in a 500 gallon tank but I do not want to keep them. One is about a foot and the onther is about one and one half feet long. If you have any ideas to relocate these fish other than serving them on a plate please let me know.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Try visiting a local pet store. They usually are very helpful and will have customers that could take these fish. I don't know about mass merchant types of pet stores, but locals are usually really helpful:)
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Aaron - 2013-04-05
My two featherfins and pictus in my 55 gallon have gotten along great with each other, as well as 7 corys, 1 dwarf gourami, 1 female firemouth, 2 Chinese algae eaters, 4 giant danios, and ramshorn snails. I did however get rid of my two Chinese algae eaters, as they were just too territorial/fast/jerky. Not to mention they don't eat algae much as adults. I also have my gf my gourami, for some reason my firemouth would chase him and swim around him like a mate. I use to have a kenyi African cichlid when most of my fish were in a 29 gallon. I know it says featherfins are great with them but after seeing him all of a sudden become aggressive at age 2 and bite my catfishes barbs, he had to go. All around, my aquarium has done great. I've made huge improvements in my care, like converting from fake to all live plants, water changes every couple days, changing from gravel to pool filter sand, having a consistent heater, day and night cycle, and mixed diet. I look back on my 29 gallon days, and even though my fish made it through, I still feel absolutely awful about having kept the light on 24/7 for so long. Me and my fish are a billion times happier and healthier now. As soon as can I will upgrade to a 90 gallon tank to provide even more room and cover for the fish to grow.

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Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-05
What is the difference between male and female Albino Cory??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-05
    They will pair up. Hard to tell which is which.
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-12
    ok. :) Thank You
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-19
    Is it ok to have janitor algae fish with guppies and baby guppies?

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