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post #11 of 16 Old 03-01-2010, 12:30 AM
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The fish in the top pic look like a type of catfish.

I think you mean 0.5 ammonia? Because 0.05 wouldn't be in the danger level... though it's still bad, it's not something to panic about... Do some more water changes though.

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post #12 of 16 Old 03-01-2010, 03:12 AM
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The cats are Horabagrus brachysoma. These guys will get to be 18" so need a 75g tank minimum (though something 24" front to back would be ideal, the smallest of which would be a 120g). Really not fish that can be kept in a 5g tank as they will get larger than the tank itself. When full grown, these cats might be able to eat the rainbow shark. They're also quite nocturnal so don't expect to see much of them during the day.

If you're intent on keeping these fish, you really need to upgrade to a tank that can house them long-term as soon as possible. If you just want a smaller tank that's less of a commitment, I would return all three fish as none of them can be kept in that tank long term (the rainbow shark will reach 6") and instead get some fish that can be kept in a 5g for their whole lives.

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post #13 of 16 Old 03-02-2010, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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yeah neither me or my house are ready for a 55g or larger tank, i think i can get these little guys to a neighbors pond. im hoping to get a 29 gal tank for the rainbow shark, and maybe some other smallll fishes later
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post #14 of 16 Old 03-02-2010, 02:35 AM
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Where do you live? The catfish are a tropical species so unless you live in the tropics they'd likely die if put into an unheated outdoor pond. I think finding them a good home via craigslist or taking them in to a good LFS would be a better option.

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post #15 of 16 Old 03-02-2010, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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I live in arizona, its pretty chilly right now but i would check if it was heated first. that brings up a good question ive been meaning to ask. you can just ask them to take them from you?
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post #16 of 16 Old 03-02-2010, 11:02 AM
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I would not put them in a pond. Most LFS will take fish. Some only as donations (will not give you store credit for them), but some they will give credit or trade. Either way, you can take them to a good LFS and they will rehome them for you.
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