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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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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
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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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