Animal Stories - Red-tailed Catfish

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Big and beautiful, the Red-tailed Catfish is an enormous attraction!
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Mari - 2009-01-18
we recently purchase a red-tail cat fish. He seemed fine at first, eating a lot, but lately he won't eat. Can anyone tells us why that would be? we have been feeding him what the petstore told us to feed him. It's been a few days, but now he does not seem to be interested. Please help!!!!


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  • Stewart - 2010-12-13
    he may have been over fed or may not be feeling so good, try some veal beef heart fresh at the supermarket cut small, if he does not eat that then get back to us on treatment of RTC
  • Cyrus - 2011-06-01
    I have two redtails "Ace" which is about 9 inches long and "Big Red" who is over a foot long. I feed them shrimp,talapia, worms, and very far and between I might give them a feeder. I find that they eat better being fed every couple days instead of twice a day or everyday. I also do a 50% water change every two weeks and a 75% change once a month. They are in a in door pond/ huge aquarium but clean water is key to keeping them healthy and happy. good luck
  • amanda - 2011-11-12
    I have an etc too. When he's being a fussy eater I throw in a few feeder goldfish. They love to chase their prey and even if they don't have an appetite they'll eat the fish because of the thrill of the hunt.
Andi Harris - 2011-07-20
I have not long purchased my juvie red tailed catfish. He feeding on market prawns and catfish pellets I have all ways wanted a rtc since I was young.I will post pics soon

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    Yes please post pictures.
Jenny Schwipps - 2010-09-05
Marvin, my 4 yr. old rtcat is my best buddy. He loves to be petted, comes to the top and blows kisses, and loves to have me feed him by hand. I am experiencing a problem though. One other time he showed this quite blue cast to the area behind the eyes and down to the midsection. He is also flared out when he breathes. I do 1/4 to 1/2 tank changes every 3 weeks, and monitor his temp. daily. He is definately under stress right now. Need help and advice. I am cleaning the tank tomorrow. He eats beef heart, and has done this since I got him as a very little baby. I don't know what I would do if I lost him. he is getting older, would his appetite change?

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  • jerry price - 2011-05-19
    I have a question. I have a redtail catfish. If I don't feed him live food how big will he get in a 135 gallon tank.
Raymond - 2008-11-24
This might seem bad, is it ok to keep my red tailed catfish in a 55 gallon for the rest of his life??

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  • Stewart - 2010-12-14
    Impossible, I have a 125 gallon and am already thinking of building an indoor pond for my 2 one just adopted last week RTC and 1 pleco.a 55 is like a cup of water to a redtail as they grow.Good Luck
  • Wei - 2011-01-17
    Yes, his very short life.

    Chances are, he will break your tank when he can't turn around in it or he will die of bad water quality. They are more powerful than they appear.

toby - 2008-08-07
You say "This fish gets really large, so plan on only keeping juveniles unless you have a large aquarium"... but I have to ask, what do you expect people to do with them once they're no longer juveniles/ too big for their aquariums?

Only keeping juveniles seems somewhat irresponsible and if people can't house the fish for life then they shouldn't keep them, this at least is the standard advice given by most authorities.

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  • Stewart - 2010-12-11
    There are ways to house an adult red tail at home, an indoor pond is one.
motasm - 2010-11-04
Why man why! Casey died! Sadly looks like the filter wasn't working so that's how it happened and my mum told me she heard him that night today my dad buried him oh I loved him he was so so so so cute if someone could give me some extra info than maybe I'll be more happy thank you for looking at my comment and please please reply.

motasm - 2010-10-26
Hi I am back casey grew now his about 17cm well that's good I am about to put him in a new aquarium that's 400liters so if you want to take one of them feed them raw sheep meat and fish (not alive) so when they grow they will accept the other kinds of food and when they're juveniles (big juveniles) feed them once a day raw sheep meat and some times fish (not alive when they're still small red-tailed catfish) for more color for the tail.

FMF - 2008-12-29
I bought a 3 inch redtail catfish in march, he has grown extremely fast. We started off feeding him bloodworms, nightcrawlers, and live feeder goldfish.. He is currently in a 125 gallon tank and has officially outgrown it. The width of the tank is 19 inches and he has a tough time turning around in it. But we are fixing the problem and are currently building a indoor pond that is 6ft long, 5 feet wide and 4 feet deep. My math may be wrong but that is just under 1,000 gallons. In the pond there will also be his friends that are a Tiger Shovelnose that is 21 inches long, albino channel thats 12 inches, and the oscars that are all over 12inches... And when i fed him last night he ate a whole shad that was just under 12 inches long...

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  • cain - 2010-10-21
    WOW! That sucker's got a mouth on him! Keep feeding him like that and he'll outgrow that pond as well! I just got my first 3-4 incher and he is such a beast!
motasm - 2010-08-30
Hi! I have one of these super cute fish and its a 10cm. I think its as long as that but it's a juvenile. I named it Casey cause it's a fresh name. I feed it raw sheep meat and I put the meat in at 1pm and at 5pm. It disapears and after it's fed you'll find a swelling at its belly. It's so cute and I love it, and it's nuctornal so is active in the evening and at night. I love it!

Liz Massey - 2009-01-12
I recently acquired a red tail catfish. I had a friend who didn't take very good care of him, so I am fostering him to a home as of the moment. He/she is already 12 in, I only have a 20 gallon tank. He/she has a great personality and would be great for a home pond or someone with a huge acquarium. FREE to a good home. contact Liz for more info 8179139307
~Liz Massey~

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  • Chris - 2010-08-25
    Hi Liz, I am very interested in the redtail and have more than enough space for him. Is he still available and is he in good health? You can call me @ 740-407-0939. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.