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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katrina clark - 2007-02-06
hi there, all my 4 yr old wanted for xmas was a shark so i got a 30glln tank and 2 bala and 1 id shark. my id sits in a tunnel we have and hardly ever leaves unless there is food of course. i actually thought he was dead, he floats on his back and stands straight up on his tail and i think he must have hit his head really hard because he is fine now. i am going to get a bigger tank and a few more to keep him company, i just feel bad because he always seems so depressed or he is just really lazy. he had a huge belly for a month, thought he was pregnant, and all of a sudden it was all gone. i don't get it but he still seems healthy. hasn't grown much yet thank god. love shrimp. enjoy your sharks they are awesome

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  • Queen_of_Aquatics - 2010-03-20
    A 30 gal is far to small for those 3 fish, and normally balas are not supposed to go with id sharks. You really should leave id sharks alone and try not to spook them. They're very sensitive for they don't see well.
  • Lyndsay Henning - 2011-03-02
    Hey there wondering if some kind people could help me out here. I've adopted 2 Massive pangasius will post pics later on. Not sure of the sexes and not sure best way to feed them. One was injured in a rock in a tank way too small for them hence they came here to my bigger tank. I've never had a mature pangasuis had a few youngsters that fell victim to the cichlids they'd lived with for months got rid of the cichlids and they live with 2 tinfoil barbs that are fairly big a 6 to 8 inch plec and a similar size black ghost knifefish. They appear pretty chilled and happy after the war we had getting them out of a box into the tank no fights between them. I tried the pellet food but they won't eat it and they will eat tropical flakes but I've read that's not enough for them so any help much appreciated.
Kat - 2010-08-10
I have 2 id sharks and I went to check on them today and noticed their skin looked this I mean white, red and some peeling off...almost looks like a chemical burn...has anyone had this before? My water all tests good...I did add a couple fish and a little bit of ick medication but not much for a 170 gallon tank. Any ideas how to fix the problem?

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  • Mandee - 2010-12-22
    My Pangasius catfish is the same right now, and the skin is peeling off the top of its head and back. I am so scared I had it for over a year and a half and this never happened before.
    Though he was in the same tank as a sodonitis catfish which is think hurt it because sodoni is poisonous and swims upside down and would chase my shark around. So I got sodoni out but sharky not feeling better.
    If you find a solution let me know.
  • Ken Finnell - 2011-02-19
    Same issue with my catfish, Looks like a burn or skin peeling. I did have him in the same tank as my upside down catfish as well but he was moved before this even happened. I originally thought it was from my heater like a burn, then looked at it like it could have happened from him running into the coral. The only thing I've done different was add some ick because I saw his eyes were getting white in the front top areas. Now this happens... I think the Ick is causing it. Going to do a 50% water change this week and follow up with a 50% water change the week after just in case.
david - 2011-01-21
And they are excellent eating! They are growing rapidly as a food fish in Asia, because they have very low oxygen needs and can tolerate stocking densities that lesser fish cannot. They are seeing exports around the world in record numbers. Bad news for the American catfish farmer, unless he gets on the Pangasisu wagon pretty soon.

Satori Forest - 2010-12-30
Hi, i have a Pangasius Catfish for over 10 years now and he's like a buddy to me all these years. Unfortunately, he developed mouth fungus and I have no idea how to treat the disease. The instruction I got here is too complicated for me. I'm so worried it could kill him because it grew bigger above his mouth, I can only imagine how it could be painful for him and all coz it's kind of swollen. Is it okay if I treat it with Methyline Blue 1tsp a day? Problem is, he lives with other small fish in the tank, is it safe to do that? We don't have specially stores around or vets for fish here coz I live in an island somewhere in the Philippines. I wish you could help me with some simple yet effective treatment tips, I would thoroughly appreciate it. Thanks so much... Love and respect!

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  • Barb - 2011-01-11
    I've used Melafix foe years ..(Drs. is used for scaleless fish and seems to work well for almost every disease I've encountered.. even though I have not encountered the one you are speaking of...I have two 4 year is about 15 inches and the other about 7 inches...I just recently moved (about 4 months ago) and bought a 46 bow front..upgrade from 30 larger one was ill all of the time due to close confinement and the filter not working properly because of his size...I think this might help.. hope sincerely so..
Poet - 2006-09-28
I have a blind albino Pangasius. have had him for almost 2 years now and is now about a foot long. very placid and often gets spooked by the platties that share the tank with him, though the yellow convict and jeweled cichlid dont tend to bother him. I have no idea how old my pangasius is as he was sold to the aquarium i got him from and was brought and returned many times before that because of getting picked on by the fish he was put with.

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  • patrick c - 2010-11-23
    I have five Pangasius Sutchi catfish. I've had them about 1 and a half years now. My first 6 months in the hobby I lost several schools of five to disease and my own inexperience. I have started a blog to share my experience and knowledge on giving these catfish a good home aquarium life. I am excited for others to add on to my blog and share their knowledge. My goal is to increase the volume of positive pet ownership skills with this particular species as I have noted at lot of negative press on the web writing them off as "tank busters" and "overly skittish". With certain accommodations, practice & dedication they can make great home aquarium pets.
matt - 2010-09-21
I have a turtle with two I'd sharks and 2 golden pleco's they all get along great till I get bored and start moving decorations around. Bad me! They recently all moved in together and has been two weeks so far and haven't had any issues and frank the turtle loves the company. No aggression what so ever. And the is sharks love swimming around him. The pleco's hide a lot though. The fish around about 2" in length and franks about 3 1/2" and in a 80 gallon tank currently half full. Wasn't warned about the is sharks and space and how much room they need. Wondering when they would need more space and how much for there size, and growth.

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  • steve - 2010-10-07
    Hi, just to let you know that my pangasius is around the 20" mark and still growing. Will be moving him into a 7x3x2 lxwxh soon. I am looking for another large one for him to shoal with.
Tan Hui Chun - 2010-09-27
Can I feed my pangasius catfish with bare hands? What is the maximum size of id shark? Is their size is according the size of the tank and diet?

David Morales - 2009-12-24
I had a 6 inch pangasius since it was only 1 inch ,but it was eaten by my red tail catfish. They had gotten along with the other fish in my 29 gallon tank. In the tank there is a red tail catfish,marble sailfin catfish, tiger shovelnose, tiger oscar, and red belly pacu. Better luck next time. I now moved them to a 350 gallon tank.

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  • Nathan - 2010-09-15
    I love your assortment of fish I google imaged all of them, VERY COOL.
Dave - 2010-04-01
Has anyone had any experience with having one of these cats in a koi pond?

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  • motasm - 2010-05-28
    They need special temperature.
tyler - 2010-03-02
Where do u buy an iridescent shark?

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  • Lois - 2010-03-18
    I feel the need to warn you that these fish need a very big aquarium because their organs grow from the inside and they will die a very painful death if not in a huge area. My son's sixty gallon tank was not sufficiant and it was heartbreaking experience