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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Ashley - 2012-01-15
I have a full grown Featherfin named Igor that was sold to me as a Pleco, he was in horrible condition at this crappy fish store at our local mall. He was missing all of his barbels, his entire 'feather fin' he was totally blind, and he was missing his hump at the base of his tail. He was in a tank with crayfish that were eating him alive and he was so malnorished I could actually see his bones. I bought him and brought him home and put him in my 20 gal goldfish tank and was thinking I would at least let him die in peace without crayfish eating him......lets just say to make a long story short, a year later he is now the king of my 100 gal fish tank (bought special for him) all of his fins and barbels grew back, he has full vision, and is currently on my bad side for eating my 25 dollar Blue Prong. This species of fish is a remarkable healer if given the proper care, Igor will actually eat bloodworms out of my hand now, cause when he was blind and had no barbels I would have to push the food practically in his mouth, now he sees me coming and will swim to the top of the tank and take his bloodworm snack. He is by far my favorite fish (and the only one with a name actually!) and I would recommend this fish to anyone who is ready to take the step up from goldfish! Just watch your Prongs!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    I like that. You saved a fish and gained a friend.
  • Jeff Harma - 2012-09-20
    Hi, I recently added a featherfin to my 90 gallon tank with 15 other inhabitants, 8 of which are cichlid, mbuna, jewel, Zebra of equal size which does tend to bother. I actually with appearance the zebra will head to shelter, for she seems to know my dislike of her actions to the newest addition. Aside from the two tankmates, other a male mbuna, which is frequently mating with others. Oh, food for the catfish, I have not witnessed any consumption, ' cept for frozen brine shrimp via tube to mouth of the cat. Will hunger eventually get the featherfin to actually scavenge? She/he does have thickness in the mid-drift battle seem to be subsiding, any opinion with thanks.
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marc - 2012-09-12
I have 4 of these monster beauty's, and aldo my tank is a bit to small.   Can't dare to get rid of them. (bought them as diffrent ones, I mean they said they where diffrent ones in the aquarium shop, which apparently was a lie) But the problem I have is that they like to eat plants.... ooh yeah and not just the ones that every plant eater likes no no even the ones seen as disgusting (java,anubias,crypto etc). And there is no information what so ever about them eating plants, but be warned, they MAY eat plants.

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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
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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.
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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?
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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!
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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.
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john - 2011-09-25
Are there any pet stores that carry these around fairfax?

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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.
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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.
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