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The Banjo Catfish is a curious fish, with a curious name that describes its shape!
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K. Kowal (Kama Lethar)
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.
I have 4 Banjo Catfish (Frick, Frack, Hank and Earl) and like many fish keepers, I enjoy these little monsters. Nearly invisible in the day as they burrow or slip in and an under any nook and cranny they find. They have mastered
Well... I couldn't be more pleased with this site.
I got all the information i needed to understand the fish that i absolutely loved the first time i saw it. The thing was, i knew ZERO about the Banjo Catfish due to the fact that the PetShop Owner knew nothing about it as well, not even the name. I truly loved the shape of this fish (and it kind of reminds me of a flat african butterfly fish, which is another very interesting fish) so i decided to start a search with no information at all. I couldn't believe that i bought a fish which doesn't move at all, it didn't seem to feed or anything, which made me quite anxious. But now, i know he's nocturnal and yes, mine after the lights are out gets pretty active. I used to drop food in the tank only in the morning but now due to this new guy i put food at night as well. It's such a cool fish, and it's really a pleasure to have sites like these to inform us about such interesting fishes like the Banjo CatFish.
My Biggest THANK YOU!
I have two. They are boring, never seen, purely nocturnal and because of their apathetic personality, probably don't get their share of food. Having said that-- if you want a smallish peaceful catfish for more or less utilitarian purposes, and you've fine gravel of sand as a substrate-- and no competition from other bottom dwellers, then you might like these guys. Come over to me in Samaria, Israel and I'll give you mine.
i have a banjo and hes a funny little so and so, he gobbles pellets up whole and loves his bloodworms. i was led to believe they arent very active, perhaps i got the one on caffeine! i rarely see him but when food goes in he readily comes out. im assuming he is male because he is very slender. none of the other fish bother with him. banjo catfishes are a funny fish, a joy to any aquarium in my eyes!
I would highly advise that you keep these banjos in groups, and when you turn the aquarium lights off watch them swarm in a pack to clean up leftovers.
I have 2 banjo catfish and have often mistaken them for rocks.
This profile finally gives these wonderful fish justice. It should be pointed out that there are several species of banjo cats, but a great profile nonetheless. I have kept several of the banjo cat species, which vary greatly in body shape and color. A great and hardy fish, I would recommend these fish to just about anyone looking to "spice up" a tank.
i have 2 banjos that love frozen food. they do get active during day time. mine are a male and a female
I have 2 banjos. I actullay picked up 1 dead one with my fingers to throw him out, But he "Felt" alive. I let him drop back into the tank and he was still dead. The next morning he had moved, and the next again.
They are ugly (Even a mother would have second thoughts). Boring (I have never seen either of them move under there own steam). Even when you can find where they are you usually cant see them,(Buried in sand or under bog wood. So why do I openly admit to them being my favorites. I must be as dense as the rest of you guys....... ! ! !