Animal Stories - Red-tailed Catfish


Animal-World Information about: Red-tailed Catfish

   The Red-tailed Catfish is quite an attraction. The beautiful red tail and the white belly are unmistakable characteristics of this fish!
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ml - 2010-01-19
I have six of them at 3in and they eat very well.

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Keith - 2009-05-17
I have a 24inch redtail. I just noticed mine doesn't eat much during winter months even tho temp doesn't change. They seem to sense it. If the water isn't clean enough they won't eat also. I live up north in CT. If amonnia goes up their appetite goes down.

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carl cooper - 2009-01-02
I have 3 very large redtails in a 12ft by 3ft tank they are very active and they are eating very well. I have just noticed recently that on two of them their gill plates seem two be curling, back on them selves. I've tested the water and the water is spot on. I don't want to lose them, I've had them a long time. Has anybody had this problem or does anybody know what could be wrong with them, or know anybody for some advice? thanks to anybody who can help me. carl

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Rene - 2008-12-13
I got a 200 litre fish tank complete with one 25cm redtail, one 15cm pleco and a smaller pleco also. I have just added 4 parrot fish and so far they all seem to get on. When I just added my parrot fish the redtail used to like chasing them around the tank but now he leaves them alone. I feed him koi pellets every morning and I alternate between bloodworms and algae waffers every evening. He gobbles up his food and then tries to eat all the other fishes food as well. He is a wonderful fish and I only hope he does not get too big for the tank. I just want to know if I'm over-feeding the redtail.
You have a wonderful site full of great info

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Delshawn Christian - 2008-08-24
I own 2 RTC and have had them for about 1.5 years. I have them in a 220 gal tank with a Florida gar. They are big red (2ft) and little red (16 in), and get a long ok. They were housed with 4 Oscars, the gar and each other in a 125 gal tank before I moved them into the 220g. I love these fish because they grow so fast and eat anything. I feed them pellets, hamburger, shrimp, feeders, crayfish and earthworms which is their favorite. RTC are great fish to own but need very big aquariums to be housed in.

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tkong - 2008-06-07
I wonder what is the best filtration system to use for a rtc. I think either a wet/dry filter or canister, but question which one is better and is a 370 gallons good enough.

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Donna-Marie - 2008-05-05
My Boyfriend & I have a 13" red-tailed Catfish called Reno. I still have the pictures of him when we brought him home in his little petshop fish bag at about 3" long, approxs 10 months ago. We have just gotten him an 8foot x 2 x 2foot tank to play in, but he's still wondering where his old 4foot home has gone! Bless him - I'm sure he'll do some exploring soon to see the rest of his buddies that he lives with. Reno is Amazing and we're happy that he's got more room to play in now. But now he looks teeny in the massive aquarium, but that won't last long I'm sure!

He does take food from our hands but after reading other peoples experiences with their RTC's I'm a tad jealous as I'd love Reno to be as playful and have toys etc.... SO, I would like some advise pleeeeeeease!!

We would like to know:
- what sorts of Fruits and veggies people feed RTC's?
- What sort of Toys do you put in the tank for the RTC's to play with? One person said his played with a ball - does the ball sink or float? How big is it/what type of ball is it?

Hope someone can help me! Many Thanks.

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andy smith - 2008-02-12
I have a rtc, his name is Felix, he is approx 8 months old and is already over 2ft in length. He is in a 5ft 570 ltr tank. He lives with my Oscars and Silver Dollars very peacefully. As everyone else says; a fantastic pet, beautiful to look at, and will feed from my hand. Visitors to my house find this amazing. I feed him white fish steaks and whole mussels every couple of days or so. I can see me having to get a bigger tank just for him at the rate he is growing. Great fun!

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Huong Tran - 2008-01-23
Hi, I have two red tail catfish which are very unique. They are very good fish to kept even though they eat a lot. I just bought another one because the first one was feeling lonely. Overall, I love my RTC because they are the most beautiful catfish you'll ever see. Whoever owns one... will know. Good luck on raising you catfish, because I DID.

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kerrie - 2007-10-04
Our red tail cat fish was around 18 inches and we had him in a 125 gallon tank. We had him for around 4 years, got him as a baby. My son went to college and he refused to eat. He died of a broken heart.

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