Animal Stories - Iridescent Shark

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Iridescent Shark Catfish are very graceful, elegant swimmers and beautiful fish to watch!
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Anonymous - 2013-08-23
I have 6 pangasius, My largest one is 6 and a half feet and that is just under a year. I keep mine in a 9000 gallon aquarium with many other massive fish like a 2 foot balance shark.

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  • Casey - 2013-08-31
    Just watch your silver shark because I have 3 Pangasius Hi Fins and I had 3 silver sharks also knowan as a Bala shark and one of my Pangasius Hi Fin has eatan one of my silver sharks!
CP - 2013-04-17
I am rehabing two irradescent sharks that were left behind by a frinds renter. The fish had been placed in a garbage can outside. I have managed to rid them of fungus and their wounds are healing but I have not found any food they seem to eat. They are presently in a 500 gallon tank but I do not want to keep them. One is about a foot and the onther is about one and one half feet long. If you have any ideas to relocate these fish other than serving them on a plate please let me know.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Try visiting a local pet store. They usually are very helpful and will have customers that could take these fish. I don't know about mass merchant types of pet stores, but locals are usually really helpful:)
Miss Cellany - 2012-12-24
I have a single ID shark in a 20 gallon - he has grown to 7 inches and I am now upgrading him to a 55 gallon tank. When he outgrows that I will probably try to make an indoor pond for him =S If I had known how large they get I never would have bought him - stupid fish store employee lied to me when I asked if they got large!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-24
    Unfortunately that is very common with these fish.  They are so small at the pet stores and not a lot of people a successful in providing the proper home for these fish to grow and be healthy.  The 55 gallon should last for some time.  Good luck with you big fish!
  • jim - 2013-02-03
    i have one in my 45 and have a 90 gallon fish tank wean he gets old and have about 6 diffrent filters in the 90 so will that do
  • Adam - 2013-02-14
    I've had one for some years now and he has not grown. From my understanding fish will only grow to the size of the aquarium and not bigger. Mine has always been about 7' long!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-09
    Can an id shark live with a corys in a 80 long tanks i have 2 id sharks and 20 3 inch corycatfish is that ok or should i sell the id sharks or corys if nedded?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-09
    They should do just fine with the corys.
em - 2012-10-21
I recently bought a hi fin pangenese shark I have set up a an aquarium its a little over 250 liters is that big enough for him I try to get info on the net but nothing seems to be giving me the info I need! Like how. Warm must the water be its sits on 20 to 23 and he's seems to be ok . What do I feed him as all I have been feeding him is blood worms for about 3 weeks now a block in the morning and at night I realy need helphe has cost me a lot of money and don't want him to die!! I'm not sure if its a female or male he's small and black and can I put guppies in there for him to eat!! Help help help thanks em

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-22

    The tank is a bit too small.  They need at least 100 gallons to start and even that big tank will need upgrading to over 300 gallons.  It really needs more of a variety of foods.  In the home aquarium they will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, flake and pellet foods. These fish must have a balanced diet of green and meaty foods. To keep a good balance give them a high quality flake or pellet food two to three times daily, but give them only what they can consume within 5-10 minutes. Also feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms. You can supplement with live foods such as feeder fish, which have been quarantined and fed proper food, to gain excellent nutritional value. Additionally, these fish will accept live crickets, or worms.
Scott - 2012-08-23
These fish may not be venomous but their spines have some toxin. I got stung yesterday by one and it was very unpleasant. Handle with care.

Saffraz Mohammed - 2012-08-05
Hello everyone, I just bought an Albino ID @ 3 inches long.  I originally put him in my 100Gallon but had to take him out because he got stuck under ornaments and I was afraid he would get sucked into my filter. I have him in a small 15 Gal right now until he gets big to safely be put back into the big aquarium. My concern is now that I see some raised spots on his side and he's getting reddish and not swimming much. What should I do? I have experience with his breed too. I have a 15 inch ID in my large aquarium. Any Advise is welcome folks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-05
    Not good.  I would check out the information on Animal Worlds fish Disease and Symptoms and look up the symptoms your guy has and the recommended treatment is on the side.  Sounds like red pest which is a bacterial disease and curable.
Daniel - 2012-07-04
If my iridescent shark was to get big, could I put him in a big pond with other fish like bass,sun fish,catfish,and frogs? or would he die?

Stuart - 2012-03-21
We have just bought a Pegasius. At the moment it is in a tank, when it gets bigger would it survive in the really cold water of my pond, which could get down to 2 degrees C.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-21
    These are not a cold water fish. It would not last in a cold pond unfortunately. Many other choices out there that will.
Rameres Jr Cumba - 2012-02-29
Does anybody know what size they mature at ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-29
    The PGMA states a mature specimen will be 1.5 kilograms.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-05
    At maturity they will go over 3 feet - estimated 39 inches long. That is a big fish.
  • Rameres Jr Cumba - 2012-03-05
    So how big would it be? In inches
Rameres Jr Cumba - 2012-02-29
I would mostly recommend these some what peaceful fish to those with access to large tank or pond due to their skittish behaviour at times, but they are still wonderful fish to own if properly cared for.