Animal Stories - Red-tailed Catfish


Animal-World Information about: Red-tailed Catfish

Big and beautiful, the Red-tailed Catfish is an enormous attraction!
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daniel strenke - 2014-01-01
I just bought two red tailed catfish. l put them in my 10 gallon tank for now will they be Ok in it or should I put them in my big tank right away? My big tank is 220 gallons with really big oscars .

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    I love these fish, but I see some serious problems ahead. The Red-tailed Catfish might be fine in the 10 gallon for a couple of weeks (I'm assuming they are just 3-4' right now), but they grow very quickly. They can eventually get to be as much as 53' in length, and a 2000 gallon tank is recommended. Most aquarists simply can't accommodate them because of their necessary tank size.  Putting them in the Oscar tank is another problem. Oscars are great fish, very personable and fun to keep, but they simply aren't community oriented. They will kill other tankmates so are best kept singly, or as a pair.
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Aimee - 2013-12-24
I have a redtail catfish. He was in 1 of my outside ponds, i live in New Orleans, this past week the weather got pretty cold, i just noticed the heaters broke, he was barely breathing but still alive i brought him to 1 of my inside tanks with my south american fish, can he be saved? or is it too late?? please help!!! he is too big and beautiful for me to give up on!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    The Redtailed catfish is a really beauty and it sounds like you've rescued him just in time. Still only time will tell if he will be fine, but you did the right thing. Let us know how it goies!
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mr.0 - 2010-06-12
I live in singapore. I bought three cute 2 inch red tail catfish for S$18.

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  • Nick T. - 2010-07-21
    I am interested in buying a baby Red-Tailed Catfish. BABY, as in, under 5 inches. I live in Metairie, Louisiana. I would like to know if you are willing to ship it to me.
  • jordan - 2013-03-24
    I am from Singapore and I just bought 2 rtc approx 3 inches each total to $10:)
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Ryan - 2004-05-05
This catfish gets MUCH larger than 24 inches. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha,Nebraska has a two that rival the size of any blue cat I have seen, and I have seen photos of these fish approaching 5 feet. Keep this in mind when the pet store says this fish will stop at 15-20 inches.I have seen verified weights well over 60 pounds, and I think the world record was nearly(or maybe over) 100 pounds.

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Jeremy Galloway - 2007-12-30
I have a RTC that is roughly 30 inches in length. He is great! He has eaten from my hand since he was only around a half an inch long. I started feeding him red worms and moved up to earthworms and then too catfish food and for the last couple of years he has been eating kibbles and chunks dog food. I feed him about six pieces twice a day and am careful not to over feed him. I would love to show you how he acts! He has toys in his tank that he loves to play with (nothing he can swallow) and loves to be played with. I take my hand and pet him and also wrestle with him by grabbing his tail and pushing him through the water. He will actually put his tail in my hand and want me to push him. He has a ball in his tank that he will balance on his head and push throught the water from one end of the tank to the next. He loves attention and if he wants it he gets it by splashing water or hitting the tank lid or his new thing is to spit water half way across the room. He is truly a great pet and i consider him part of the family.

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  • Jay - 2013-02-22
    Is your Rtc on YouTube if so send me a link.
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nawal - 2013-01-03
i have 5' RTC for the last 1 week we are feeding him with small pieces of chicken (5 pcs. per meal)day and night, however starting yesterday he starts to vomit some of the chicken and avoid eating anything, water is regularly changed also. what i have to do to bring back his appetite? i dont want him to die. pls. help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Some times chicken can be hard to process, the protien can be hard on the fish.  Try some live food to get appetite back and stick with foods that come from the water as these are easier for the fish to digest.
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Stewart - 2010-12-08
I have a 125 gallon with a 18 inch red tail, to me the most amazing catfish in the world! He lives with a 20 inch Pleco, so far so good. Someone said they were setting up an indoor pond, only 10 minutes before I read that, the same thing entered my mind. What other way in a home could I keep Bonnie&Clyde,the red tails name is Clyde? Thanks to all of you for your help, Stewart.

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  • LoL - 2012-11-16
    Well you would have to build or custom order a 2,000 plus gallon tank with incredible filtration.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-16
    If you have the space an indoor pond would be a great way to keep this large fish.  Filtration would be a very important concern for these guys..
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pearl Murphy - 2012-10-14
My son in law has a Amazon Redtail Catfish, which has now developed a sort of fungi on his head down to his dorsal fin and now also other parts of his body please can you help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Sounds like a fungal infection, which will have to be treated or it can eventually kill your fish. Treating the tank with a fungus cure (there's several brands available at pet stores) is your best first step. You can isolate the fish in a hospital tank if needed. Also try to figure out what's up the the tank, and make sure your doing regular water changes..
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Specter99 - 2012-09-03
A must have on my wish list because i want to own a aquarium

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-04
    This fish is not for the average home aquarium.  Gets very large and expensive to care for.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-04
    This fish is not for the average home aquarium.  Gets very large and expensive to care for.
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Rodney Clark - 2012-08-22
I just picked up a red tail cat and he is in the tank with 10 other fish now I'm missing 2 fish and his belly is large :(

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-23
    If it can fit into its mouth it will eat it!!
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