Animal Stories - Featherfin Squeaker

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The Featherfin Catfish is a pretty fish with delicate lacy fins and a polka dot patterning!
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alexa - 2010-08-07
I just got a featherfin squeaker he's in a 40 liter tank with 2 pearl gouramis 7 sword tails. Hes/she is still small only 7cm I want to add some black neon tetras the ones in the store are still really small 2-3 cm do you think they will be eaten?

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  • Lisa - 2012-08-05
    40 liters is far, far too small for a featherfin. My advice would be to return him ASAP or get a bigger tank. 50g at least.
  • hope - 2012-08-12
    I think they will be. I had 15 neons in my tank. I now have 1 my catfish eats every small fish I put in the tank
hope - 2012-08-12
I have an african Featherfin Synodontis Catfish. Well at least that's what we think it is. We are looking at selling it but don't know how much to charge for it. It is about 20 years old maybe even older and it is a big fish. we don't have the room in the tank for him any more he is not good with little fish

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    Somehing is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.  I'd go to a specialized fish store (not your petsmart or walmart) but  true fish store and ask them.  They might be willing to pay for it.  They might let you put a notice on their bullentine board.  I'd try Craigslist.
Charlie - 2009-03-27
Mine was bought at 3cm and now is about 10 cm. I have him in a 55 gallon with sand, cichlids, a peacock eel, silver dollars, a cuvier bichir, two harliquin rasoboras, and a pictus cat. he is quite territorial and has scars from trying to attack cichlids and being turned on. Very fast growing.

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  • gil - 2011-09-05
    Your cichlids didn't kill your peacock eel?
shellshell - 2012-01-31
Ok I got a feather finned catfish and he is being a bully. He's small and I bought the pellets like was suggested, but he keeps chasing my bala sharks and my red tailed black sharks... I'm not happy... will this continue?? Because the rest of the fish get along... he seems to be the only problem!!!!!!

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  • Kevin - 2012-02-07
    Hey, they are aggressive towards their own kind, not really towards other fish but they are territorial. Can you tell me tank size and also add some bigger cave for him. I have a 6 inch featherfin in a 90 gallon with african cichlids redtail shark and other catfish but i have plenty of hiding spots and it doesnt bother any fish at all.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-08
    Most likely, the chasing will continue. Perhaps, you should consider removing him from the aquarium, or re homing him. That would ensure a more stress free environment in your aquarium!
Cindy - 2011-10-28
I have two African Feather Catfish and I cannot find any information about breeding except everyone says they cannot be breed in captivity - well I believe mine have tried twice now and I have had them for about a year. I purchased them from a pet store nearly 8 inches long and they were in a tank with much smaller featherfin fish. The first time I believe they breed I discovered something that looked like a very large pea size round 'egg' floating in my tank - the edges were brick red with what appeared to be an abundance of minute clear to white looking moving stuff then as I was trying to put it in my floating netted fry cage it burst. Now recently one of my featherfin has been displaying an unusual swimming pattern of twirling every so often before resting in its favorite place - this evening while looking at the tank I noticed lots of nearly micro size small beads on the side of one of the their caves. Oh, they have been friendlier than usual lately too. Well I removed the cave to investigate because I thought something was on it that should not be when I started thinking that mayby my fish layed eggs there. I entered a search for information and came to this website. I do not know if these were eggs or not - I am so dissappointed if they were - I am assuming they will breed again if I maintain my tank properly which I am trying to do but I am an amateur - I have had my tank for only a year now. I was searching for a photo of what their eggs are supposed to look like, but all I get is that they are egg layers. Can anyone please help me to know if these were and I really mean were eggs or something that should not be in the tank - ?I really need to know because I want to do the best I can to take care of these fish, plus if they really breed why when all the comments I read are "not in captivity" - they are beautiful fish - one gets really dark black with even darker spots and the other not as dark - they are gentle fish in a tank with angel fish - they will avoid swimming in an area with the angel fish if the angel fish are in a group - the angel fish will swim where ever they want with no regard to surrounding fish, but are group swimmers - so - please send a comment if you know about the featherfin fish and what I might have messed up by removing their cave - or if it was something that should not have been in it - I felt the substance on the side of the cave and it was like micro size cavier and felt like wet beads - not round in shape but oval vertically. If they were eggs I would like help with knowing what else to look for so i can be prepared the next time they breed - if it was not I would like help with taking care of my tank -sincerest appreciation for anyone return comments.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-31
    I couldn't find any information on breeding these guys in an aquarium. They are bred in captivity but somehow they do it hormonally. I don't exactly know how that works. However, females can have eggs. If she hasn't bred then the eggs wouldn't be fertile so you could be seeing just infertile eggs. You might be interested in just doing a Google search on hormonal breeding Feather Fin. There are many articles on that.
  • Rob - 2012-01-08
    Mine's black with a line of white dots. Has become friendly over the years and comes out often. When he/she was younger it would never come out but I guess after 4+ years of seeing me... it's great to watch I have 3 clown loaches also with it and when they come on his side of the tank he flares up and takes chase. Also they wait upside down at the surface of the tank for smaller fish to swim over its mouth and sucks them in.
john - 2011-09-25
Are there any pet stores that carry these around fairfax?

josh - 2011-07-24
I have a large dark black featherfin I've been told it's rare I got him around 18 months ago and he was just over 7 inches and hasn't grown since I got him so he must be fully grown. He's in a 70gl tank with 2 parrots, 1 gourami, 1 redtail shark, a plec, 2 blackknifes, 2 clown loach, 2 paradise fish, and a stinkpot musk turtle and another catfish similar to him/her but not featherfin. They all get on great together I haven't lost a fish since I put him in there 18 month ago so I assume they're all happy lol. He doesn't like the turtle though every time the turtle goes near the featherfins corner he chases the turtle away but other than that he just stays in his corner til the lights go off then I drop him a pellet and he's off happy as larry.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    The tank is too small for that number/size of fish. You might want to consider another tank and split some of the fish out. Sorry. Rule of thumb is 1 gallon for every 1 inch your fish is going to be as an adult. Could be why the fish isn't growing. Of course they aren't going to grow overnight either.
Leanne Cox - 2011-04-19
I recently bought a baby bristlenose catfish and he seems to have disappeared. Could my large featherfin catfish have eaten him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    It is possible as fish will eat anything. If the baby was considerable smaller, it is pretty likely. I am sorry.
Mike Nichols - 2008-10-17
I have my FeatherFin in 29G tank with 3 Tiger Barbs, 2 Tin Foil Barbs, a Striped Raphael Catfish, and Two Plecos. Now, mine are all Juvenile's. At 1st he (the featherfin) picked on my Albino Pleco who's much smaller then him, but I added another cat and now they're all cool. He chases the pleco's if they get to high but other then that, they are good.

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  • Jessica - 2011-01-06
    Going to add a stripped rapheal catfish with my 4 inch blood parrot (male), 2 (2 inch) male Jelly bean blood parrots and my very large 5 inch female Lace cat all in a 40 gallon. My question is do the striped Raphael catfish and the lace cat get along? My lace cat kills Plecos she hates them with a passion.
rob - 2010-04-25
i have 2 featherfins with platties, guppies, mollies, plus 4 clowns they all get on great but they grow quick mine are now about 3 inches in 6 weeks! My clowns play them up silly but they all get on a beautiful fish well worth having.

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  • mobby dick - 2010-12-08
    Man I got a 55 gallon tank with a divider in the middle. On the left is a 10 inch feather fin and on the right a 2 maybe 3 inch red tail piranha. What do the feather fin eat?