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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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.

Nick.C. - 2007-05-06
I have had several of these great fish, my baby RTC right now may be the best. He is only 4 inches and is hand feeding already! While not an overly aggressive fish, they will not tolerate any aggression from tankmates. If you have the space this cat is a must!

Jon Martin - 2007-04-10
My red tail cat fish is currently 7 inches long, feeding on prawns and pellets. He is sharing a tank with a 9" silver arowana, 3 large silver dollars, 12" sailfin plec, and a 7" giant gourami. He seems to be getting on well with all fish and even sleeps alongside my plec. I am looking forward to seeing my red tail grow.

ty - 2006-08-08
I have two 60in Red Tail Cats in a 1,000 gallon tank with four iridescent cats. they love spiny lobster. If you think 1,000 gallons is large I know someone who built a whole pool for red tail cats!

ME - 2006-07-08
we have a redtail catfish. yes, he does have a good eating habit. he likes to eat worms and small fish. He's about 6 inches in length and quite thick for the fish that I'm usually seeing. I wondered for a minute why every time I woke up in the morning fish were missing, I realize now whats going down. At the same time, the fish will eat in daylight if it's what it wants to eat. It is a very good fish to have and watch grow. That's what it is!

Abdullah H. AlAmir - 2006-06-25
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shoj - 2006-04-17
Hi i've had a redtail catfish for almost a year now. He was a baby when i got him. now he is 15inches and very aggressive, but still respects his master. i recently bought a bagarius yarelli devil catfish. no way do they get on although the red tail is beautiful. you guys should seriously try this fish. i would recommend it to anyone who really likes red tails, but very rare.

Rick - 2006-04-06
i have a redtail catfish and a leopard shovelhead (redtail, tiger shovelhead hybrid) in a 180 together. these are the coolest freshwater fesh on the planet. they are personable, and if you work with them, they are just like dogs. they do grow big very fast and eat alot!!! if you have the room and the time they are awesome pets to have.

Jack Wood - 2006-02-24
Hi friends,
Indeed these fish get quite huge! This presents monetary and logistical problems for would be keepers. One inexpensive way to keep these monster fish happy and long lived is to keep them in a 300 gallon stock tank available at your local farm supply store. The fish look just as great from the top, and you absolutely can't beat the price for one of these tanks! Make sure, of course that the tank is on a solid concrete base, as 300 gallons is very heavy. Also, I've had good success with using bulk catfish food (also at farm supply stores) as a base food. This food is designed for feeding channel catfish in the food industry, so the feed is very nutritionally balanced. Also, you really save the bucks, with a fifty pound bag costing just a few dollars.
These are just a couple ideas for those of us that want to keep these beautiful fish but don't have unlimited means.

jen - 2006-02-15
I have had my red-tailed catfish for over a year now. We call him "Catty". I have him living in a 6 foot long 150 gallon tank with 4 Oscars. Once or twice a month we drain half of the tank and put fresh water in to help keep the tank clean. When my boyfriend and I first got them the Oscars were bigger than the catfish. Now they have grown a great deal but it seems like the catfish is growing much faster and much bigger. He also eats more than the Oscars. We feed him twice a day and his diet mainly consists of large feeder fish(goldfish) and chicken. We are also trying alternatives to his diet because we are realizing his large appetite. We have tried pork and small pieces of potatoes but he doesn't like that. So we are trying other options. We noticed his large appetite when he ate 4 of my apple snails and tried to attack our pleco. We have always hand fed him since he was small because the Oscars used to take his food away from him because he was smaller than them. Now it's totally different. He is huge! But we still hand feed our baby. We also have a large log that we found in the pet store because we realized that the catfish loved to hide especially when it was light out. He always swims around at night or as soon as you shut the lights off in the tank. The log is sort of his safe place when he is not eating. They all remind me of dogs. Everytime you walk into the room the Oscars wag there tails and get happy and the catfish comes right out of his log and comes right up to the top of the tank waiting to get his food. It really makes you smile.