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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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mr.0 - 2010-06-12
I live in singapore. I bought three cute 2 inch red tail catfish for S$18.

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  • Nick T. - 2010-07-21
    I am interested in buying a baby Red-Tailed Catfish. BABY, as in, under 5 inches. I live in Metairie, Louisiana. I would like to know if you are willing to ship it to me.
  • jordan - 2013-03-24
    I am from Singapore and I just bought 2 rtc approx 3 inches each total to $10:)
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Miss Cellany - 2012-12-24
I have a single ID shark in a 20 gallon - he has grown to 7 inches and I am now upgrading him to a 55 gallon tank. When he outgrows that I will probably try to make an indoor pond for him =S If I had known how large they get I never would have bought him - stupid fish store employee lied to me when I asked if they got large!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-24
    Unfortunately that is very common with these fish.  They are so small at the pet stores and not a lot of people a successful in providing the proper home for these fish to grow and be healthy.  The 55 gallon should last for some time.  Good luck with you big fish!
  • jim - 2013-02-03
    i have one in my 45 and have a 90 gallon fish tank wean he gets old and have about 6 diffrent filters in the 90 so will that do
  • Adam - 2013-02-14
    I've had one for some years now and he has not grown. From my understanding fish will only grow to the size of the aquarium and not bigger. Mine has always been about 7' long!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-09
    Can an id shark live with a corys in a 80 long tanks i have 2 id sharks and 20 3 inch corycatfish is that ok or should i sell the id sharks or corys if nedded?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-09
    They should do just fine with the corys.
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Jennifer Lafon - 2013-01-15
I recently purchased 4 more julii Cory catfish to my community aquarium. I first purchased 2 & had to have more they add a lot of fun to the gang.I was wondering if anyone knows how long it takes for then to get to be full size adults?

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  • Jennifer Lafon - 2013-03-07
    After I added my 4 new lil julii corys, 1 died in a few days, he must have been sick because all of my others are doing fine. The problem now is, I have a moderatley to heavy planted tank. I count my fish daily yet my julii's are aalways hiding. They live w/ 6brilliant rasnora, 6 harlequin rasbora 6, long fin cherry barbs and a few oto catfish. Could one of my other fish be bothering them or do you think they are just hiding from the higher light during times of heavy lighting which I have for plant growth? When I turn my led blue light on in the evening they do come out to feed. & play??? Maybe too many plants or could it be something else ??? I'm concerned. Should I remove some of my plants? Idk. Anyadvise is
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-07
    They may come out more when lights are off.  What other fish are in the tank?   Plants should not be an issue>
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Brittany - 2013-03-06
I have had my Rapheal catfish for two years now and I am still bewildered to why he likes to swim the tank upside down and not right side up. Can anyone tell me why he prefers to swim upside down?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-06
    That is pretty common for them to do.  Many swim sideways, upside down and of course right side up.
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Ryan - 2004-05-05
This catfish gets MUCH larger than 24 inches. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha,Nebraska has a two that rival the size of any blue cat I have seen, and I have seen photos of these fish approaching 5 feet. Keep this in mind when the pet store says this fish will stop at 15-20 inches.I have seen verified weights well over 60 pounds, and I think the world record was nearly(or maybe over) 100 pounds.

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Jeremy Galloway - 2007-12-30
I have a RTC that is roughly 30 inches in length. He is great! He has eaten from my hand since he was only around a half an inch long. I started feeding him red worms and moved up to earthworms and then too catfish food and for the last couple of years he has been eating kibbles and chunks dog food. I feed him about six pieces twice a day and am careful not to over feed him. I would love to show you how he acts! He has toys in his tank that he loves to play with (nothing he can swallow) and loves to be played with. I take my hand and pet him and also wrestle with him by grabbing his tail and pushing him through the water. He will actually put his tail in my hand and want me to push him. He has a ball in his tank that he will balance on his head and push throught the water from one end of the tank to the next. He loves attention and if he wants it he gets it by splashing water or hitting the tank lid or his new thing is to spit water half way across the room. He is truly a great pet and i consider him part of the family.

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  • Jay - 2013-02-22
    Is your Rtc on YouTube if so send me a link.
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