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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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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Damien - 2012-07-15
I have 2 red tail catfish, recently I noticed that the dark color on their back is slowly turning grey like color...is that normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-16
    That is normal as they age.
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Zachary R. - 2012-07-05
Hello, I am a big fan of Red-tailed Catfish and I have been doing tons of research on them. There is a problem though, there is very little information readily available on the diseases and health concerns for Red-tails. I need an expert to answer my question, and after reading the chats and posts on your site, I think you just might be the perfect people to contact. Red-tailed Catfish have a brilliant natural resistance to disease, but I was wondering how far this can be taken. Red-tails are one of very few fish that are extremely affectionate towards their owners and other people. They love being petted and can quickly learn to be hand fed, but the question comes up after this. Most fish and other animals can contract human diseases, that we may not even know are on us. These diseases can often be very dangerous to other animals, and this is why my question happens to be: 'how much human interaction can Red-tailed Catfish handle, before it begins to negatively impact their health (assuming other thank conditions are perfect, and the people are healthy and clean) ?' I thank whoever it is who is reading this, and am hoping to hear back from you as soon as possible. Thanks again. P.S. Just to answer any unmet questions, I do not own a Red-tailed Catfish currently, but am hoping to get one in the future (so possibly 8-10 years from now, I just want to get all my research done before entering into a challenge this great). Thanks again, and sorry for writing so much. . . .writing short is something I am not very great at.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-06
    To start of these fish get huge and a real financial and space requirements are needed.  If you are looking for a fish that quickly interacts with it's owner, the Pacu is a great choice and is more managable.  To handle any fish there is risk of cross contaminating the fish.  My sure hands are always well washed all the way to the elbows!  Make sure there is no left over soak, perfume or cologne residue on your skin, this can harm your fish.  Good luck if you give this big fish a try!
  • Zachary R. - 2012-07-07
    Thank you Mr. Roche, your input is helpful. Sorry to say, you may be right that a Pacu would make an easier pet to handle, but my heart is truly set on getting a Red-tailed Catfish. The main reason I asked was that large fish require large areas....these areas need to be increasingly cleaned depending on size and the type of fish they hold...this means more handling of the fish. If cleaning yourself, like you mentioned is simply the key to preventing disease spread with the Redtail, then there is no problem at all, for I would gladly wash my entire body and clothes even to ensure the health of my fish. Don't worry about the housing of the fish, I plan to have a monstrous pool specially designed to house a Red-tailed Catfish.The pool would require heating and mass filtration systems, in order to keep the water extra clean and warm (I want it clean enough to swim in in, Redtails like clean water, they deserve it). Honestly I don't know much about gallon size to foot spacing in water, but I do know for a fact that the tank I am thinking of is far larger than a 2000 gallon tank, for its closer to 2000 cubic feet! After doing a quick online search, it seems that a cubic foot of water is 7.48 gallons. So, that comes to around 16,000 gallons! Tank size can probable be reduced to a 25ft x 10ft x 5ft if need be (financial budgets maybe in future), which would come to 9,350 gallons, correct? This is going to cost a lot, but so do cats and dogs, after you take in damages to homes, carpet replacement and comforters (from urine), food, and bedding. P.S. Darn it, I wrote too much again didn't I, sorry about that. And thanks again for replying so quickly.
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