Animal Stories - Banjo Catfish


Animal-World Information about: Banjo Catfish

The Banjo Catfish is a curious fish, with a curious name that describes its shape!
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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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drew - 2005-06-05
Like someone crossed the front of a crab with the body of a catfish. Really cool looking, though they tend to stay out of sight during the day. Sometimes you'll spot the top of their distinctive heads poking out of the gravel. When you turn the aquarium lights out, they'll start patrolling the tank in the open, swimming almost methodicaly up and down along the tank sides.

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Mikey V - 2010-03-14
First of all, GREAT SITE! I always come here first when considering a new fish. I just picked up 3 of these little banjos yesterday. They are so fun! The tank I placed them in has 6 serpea tetras and 8 zebra danios. And it's cycling. The tank is only a 29 gallon so I was looking for a smaller variety of catfish. These guys are small and very fun to watch! During the day they do indeed hide under the sand or gravel. But once the light goes out they spring to life and often patrol the tank as a group. Swimming everywhere not just the glass. Very fun to watch them torpedo down into the sand. My tank has very fine WHITE sand which works well with these guys. Making them easier to see and its easy for them to burrow into. At the fish store the group of about 20-30 were all under the same driftwood which leads me to believe they love being kept in groups. So I plan to get at least 3 more. They stay small and are very peaceful. I highly recommend!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-07-07
    I am now learning that any small fish that dies in tank. Ends up in my banjos stomachs! I have had Black phantom tetra and a Zerba danio bodies disappear after they have died. Bones and all. I have no other explanation! lol
  • Lisa - 2010-12-20
    Good to know! We just got our son set up with a 55gal. tank and I think these Banjos would be the perfect addition...only problem is finding them in N. Iowa stores! Hopefully a local petstore will get them in stock soon! =)
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-26
    You can find them online but the avaibilty
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Anonymous - 2011-06-13
Can I keep these wonderful catfish with Sorubim lima? What other fish could live with Banjos?

What fish can be kept with Sorubim lima?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-14
    Per Animal World "Banjo Catfish are compatible with all sizes of community fish, even the smallest of tankmates. They are hardy and adjust to a variety of aquarium conditions. Because the Banjo Catfish is a nocturnal, it feeds at night. It is also a burrower and prefers a sandy bottom and light vegetation". I could not find a Sorubim Lima so do you want to tell me more about that kind of fish to check it out?


  • Anonymous - 2011-06-14
    Sorubim Lima
    Duckbill Catfish

    This is a member of the group commonly known as shovelnosed catfish. It is a nocturnal species that likes to stay hidden among plants and tree roots during the day, its black, white, and brown striped color pattern providing perfect camoflauge. It lies with its head pointing downward, poised and ready to pounce on any unsuspecting fish that passes by. During twilight hours it is more adventurous, and, still in the inverted stance, will stalk smaller fishes that are preparing to settle for the night.

    Size:
    Possibly the smallest of the shovelnosed catfish at 12 in (30 cm)-males and females.
    Diet:
    In nature, a carnivore that predates on smaller fish. Adult fish can be difficult to wean onto proprietary foods, but small specimens are more adaptable and will accept tablet food and earthworms.
    Distribution:
    Fairly widespread in the Amazon Basin.
    Water:
    Clean, good quality, soft to medium hard, slightly acid to slightly alkaline (pH 6.3-7.6), but will accept a wide range of water types. 73-86*F
    Decor:
    A sandy substrate (good for Banjos too) planted with broadleaved plants and furnished with tree roots or branches to create hiding places (also good for Banjos).
    Behavior:
    Likes to hide among tree roots or broadleaved plants; not a particulary active species. Although a predator, it is perfectly safe with fishes too small to fit in its mouth (Hmm, I don't think that a 12in Duckbill could swallow a 6in Banjo. Especially with the Banjo's pectoral spines. What do you think?).
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Stanley Chubule - 2011-04-01
This catfish is very interesting because of the shape. Almost all my favorite fish comes from this book:
TOPHERO SON OF SMILODON by W.W. Ni

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Marcus - 2009-03-15
My banjo catfish is developing some white algae-looking stuff under it's chin area. Is this something I should be worried about? Anyone have the same occurrence with their banjo, and if so, how did it go away, if ever?

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  • marinus - 2011-03-31
    I have just got one this Tuesday and while I was there we saw some medication for ''fuzzy lip''. That's probably it so pick up some medication that have a pic. resembling that ''fuzzy lip''.
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MM - 2008-12-18
I have two Banjo Catfish in a community 20 gallon tall aquarium with plants, rocks, driftwood, a cave and clay pellets as substrate.

Mine do very well in my tank and get along with my other fish as long as I can tell. It's hard to tell whether they eat some of my pygmy cories because I have a bunch and can't ever keep track of them.

They'll bury themselves but I can usually see the ridge of their back and tail sticking up through the gravel. They sometimes come out during the day to lay on a nice, soft bed of java moss.

They're pretty lazy fish. I feed mine Tetramin flakes, spirulina wafers (probably don't take it but my other fish do), tabs and shrimp pellets. I also give them thawed blood worms from time to time and they relish them.

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  • ruan - 2010-08-25
    Just want to say that banjos love sand and it is a must they bury themselves in it and play.
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Mat - 2008-09-21
I love interesting fish, so I couldn't resist this one when I saw it in a pet store. Mine is pretty lethargic during the day, but if I turn on the lights after dark, I usualy catch him patroling the tank. He seems to get along with the other fish fairly well. Definitely a good fish for beginners.

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  • dede - 2010-04-26
    I have a banjo catfish he likes to swim at night time and sometimes he lets me hold him just inches below the water.
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K. Kowal (Kama Lethar) - 2007-08-24
My wife and I have cared for our Banjo Catfish (Banjo Kazooi) for well over a year now. He has done well in all conditions (random 10 ga., blackwater 10 ga., heavily sculptured 20 ga. and doing fine in a new 55 ga. that is currently cycling) and with all tank-mates (kulli loaches, bumblebee catfish, spotted raphael, whiptail catfish, etc.). They are nearly indestructible and aren't particularly susceptible to disease. Master Kazooi (as he's known) keeps the floor clean of carnivore tabs and whatever else he can get his mouth around. If you keep the substrate relatively shallow (just enough for plant roots) you shouldn't have much trouble seeing their tails sticking out. Particularly if you have uniform-colored gravel/sand substrate. We use a very small gauge black gravel. He has always liked it and doesn't have any trouble getting in/under it. When I clean the tank I have to pick him up by his tail-fin and slowly drift him backward into a position that's out of the way of the siphon. He will sit in the flat of your palm and remain calm if you look him in the eye when you remove him from the tank. Just be careful when doing this as they have a spike between each arm and their body. They can pinch. I've never been foolish enough to give him the opportunity. Just put them in the center of your palm and it shouldn't have a chance to pinch you. I don't think he would even if I taunted him. He's solitary, but doesn't mind an otocinclius or whiptail catfish resting on/across his back. If they move around too much he'll show them his displeasure with a mild shuffle or a kick with his tail if they really annoy him. Snails are no bother unless they're too large. We had a 3 inch across ivory snail who took quite a few punches to the face for thinking Kazooi was too tasty. I see them in the petstores crammed together under a rock. It makes them look like a fish who enjoys the company of his own so I'm considering getting him (probably a her really) a friend, but I'm sure he'll ignore it if I do. Just like a cat with a new toy playing with the box it came in.

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