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Old 08-23-2011, 01:21 PM   #11
 
I do not have any other bottom feeders no. I do have driftwood. I will try the viniger test on the rock, thanks for the advice. As far as tank size goes I appreciate the concern however at this point in time I highly doubt the size of the tank is having a negative affect on the placos I am getting from the petstore since they are only about two inches in size. Ofcourse as the fish get larger I will upgrade tank sizes accordingly. I do plan on getting a 100+ gallon after I get this 55 up and running. That being said I have a friend who has had a common pleco in his 55 gallon for a few years now and it seems to be thriving at the moment, maybe that will change if it coninues to grow I dont know. Anyway I appreciate all the help and advice .
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:42 PM   #12
 
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First welcome to TFK, sorry missed that in the first post. I just wanted to add, which it seems that you may already know is that some people believe that fish will only grow as large as the area in which is provided, is not true. If a fish is kept in too small of a tank, they can and will become stunted, which causes issues on the fish's internal organs. This may not show outwardly, but can cause issues for the fish in their health and eventually lead to premature death. It is good that you are planning on getting the larger tanks and the 100+ will be able to accommadate the common plecos as they get larger. Just a word of caution even with good plans sometimes things happen in life that could postpone being able to get a larger tank, loss of job, change in health and such things. When possible it is best to have what you need for the long term need of the fish from the beginning so that you do not find yourself later on down the road unable to provide for the needs of a growing fish. I don't want to sound negative or discouraging, but as it is said stuff happens and sometimes even our best intentions and plans can be changed with circumstances outside of our control.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:43 PM   #13
 
Thank you for the welcome BarbH, and I am happy to have a resorce like this to help me along and hopefully one day I will have learned enough to perhaps help others as well.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:39 PM   #14
 
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Nice to have you join with us.

I won't get off on my rant about potentially large fish in small tanks, as Barb has very correctly pointed out the fallacy of that concept and I'd only be repeating. But I will just mention that the stress caused to a fish by the small (to the fish) environment may not always be visible to the aquarist.

The common pleco attains close to 2 feet, and lives up to 30 years. If the one in your friend's tank should live that long, then I would say it may be "OK," but I doubt it will. A prmature death is one sign that it was not "happy" or healthy. And by that time, unfortunately it is too late to help the poor suffering fish.

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Old 08-23-2011, 08:50 PM   #15
 
Is there a Catfish or "bottomfeeder" that any of you would perhaps suggest for the smaller tanks (55 gallon being my largest at the moment)? And if so where can I find them because petsmart sure doesn't seem to have them and that is the easiest and almost only fish source that I have at the moment (I know thats not saying much). Thanks.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:36 PM   #16
 
Bristlenose Pleco only get to 6", the various corydoras only get to like 4" max to my knowledge, most only about 2". Depending on the height of the tank though as Cory's do need air. "Oto's" may work in the future in you get a bit of algae in the tank but they dont do well in new tanks(should be established for close to a year probably)
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:41 PM   #17
 
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There are some different plecos that don't get as large, the ones that I have in my 50 gallon is the rubberlipped pleco. I was actually able to get mine at petsmart. Also there are several different types of cory species that would work also, bronze cory, albino cory (which I believe is the same as the bronze but is white) peppered cory, and several others. Many of these I have seen available at petsmart in my area. You can check out more on the different type of fish in the fish profiles area, the link is located at the top of the page second tab from the left and look under the catfish category for the list of different ones. The profiles will give you a lot of good information about temperments, compatibility with other fish, if they need to be kept in groups, like the corys that should be kept in groups of 6, the size they attain and best suited aquarium size for them. If you have any additional questions about a certain type of fish just ask
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:46 PM   #18
 
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Assuming you are looking for fish interest for the substrate level (and not some miraculous "cleaner fish" which frankly don't exist anyway) the suggestions of ladayen and Barb are good. There are hundreds of cory species, and this is a shoaling fish so a group is needed (in your 55g, a group of 20-30 would be fine). There are also a few "odd balls" like Whiptail Catfish, Twig Catfish. The latter needs soft acidic water, the former is adaptable. See the profiles with photos (click shaded names).

Then there are loaches. Some are small enough for a 55g, the Dwarf Loach, Banded Dwarf Loach, Zebra Loach, Angelicus Loach, even the Yoyo Loach and a couple others. Again shoaling, so a group of 5-6 or more. In a 55g I would say 5-6 is fine for the "larger" of those mentioned, but more of the two dwarfs is OK. The social interactions of loaches and corys is amusing to observe.

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