Which Catfish

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Which Catfish

Postby Gary fergusson » Thu May 03, 2012 4:47 pm

Hi. I have decided to add a catfish to my aquarium but not got a clue on what type is best to go for. I only want 1 and it will be living in a 4 foot tank with 8 Tiger Barbs, 6 Zebra Danios, 2 Western Rainbows and a Siamese flying fox.
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Re: Which Catfish

Postby Carylnz » Fri May 04, 2012 4:27 am

"Catfish" covers a lot of species and sizes. Want to narrow it down a bit? I presume you mean some sort of bottom dweller?
Hoplo catfish, Hoplosternum thoracatum and Mystus catfish immediately come to mind.
Synodontis, featherfin is a lovely one, and Pictus
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Re: Which Catfish

Postby Gary fergusson » Fri May 04, 2012 4:49 pm

Yes probably a bottom dweller as its pretty empty down there as the flying spends most of his time chasing around with the barbs.

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Re: Which Catfish

Postby Carylnz » Fri May 04, 2012 11:01 pm

Consider the loach family - like yoyos and striata etc but they prefer to be in groups and you said you only wanted 1. Why do you want only 1? A group of loaches or Corydoras would look great! Or Ancistrus sp.
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Re: Which Catfish

Postby Gary fergusson » Sat May 05, 2012 10:44 pm

I only thought 1 because i know thay can grow pretty big and didnt think there would be enough room for a group. However if you think a group would be ok in my size tank then that could be a real possibility, you mentioned loaches, which and how many would you go for? and also what about tank set-up? would I need to remove some of the rocks, bog wood, plants etc to make more space? and would I need to create some hiding places? (sorry for all the questions but I want to get it right)
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Re: Which Catfish

Postby Carylnz » Sun May 06, 2012 8:58 am

What are the dimensions of the 4ft? Is it 4ft x 2ft x 2ft?
I already suggested yoyo or striata loaches. Keep a minimum of 3, preferably more, and they like a lot of hiding places so no need to remove anything to make space as they will play through the rocks, bogwood and plants.
Avoid clown loaches. They grow much larger, need to be in a group, and will outgrow a 4ft. They are also prone to whitespot. Better left until you have more experience.
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Re: Which Catfish

Postby Gary fergusson » Sun May 06, 2012 6:08 pm

The tank dimesions are 4 foot long x 1 foot deep x 1.5 foot high.
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Re: Which Catfish

Postby Carylnz » Mon May 07, 2012 1:36 am

Then I will stick with my above suggestions
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Re: Which Catfish

Postby Gary fergusson » Tue May 08, 2012 11:25 am

ok, thanks for your help.

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Re: Which Catfish

Postby alessandrojohn » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:49 am

Corys are peaceful shoaling scavengers. For the regular sized ones you need a tank of at least 20 US gallons, long and wide, with a fine substrate, either very fine rounded gravel or sand, to keep their barbels clean. They should not be kept in groups of less than 3-4 (of the same type, not mix and match), ideally more, and like a meaty diet. There are actually over 150 known species of Cory, there are some pygmy species but they can be quite a bit more sensitive than the larger ones. They must have sand and be kept in groups too - they need at least 10 gallons.
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