Has anyone out there kept an electric catfish? I might be about to do something that could potentially be very stupid. I might rescue one. At one of my LFS, there is an 8 inch electric catfish. They keep it in a 6 inch compartment and in all the many months that I have been frequenting this store, I literally have not seen it turn around. It is always in the same position, nose pressed against one side of the compartment, tail against the other. Only its gill movement indicates that it is alive. I'm beginning to feel extremely sorry for it, to the point where I'd like to give it a better home, at least until I find a better place for it.
I know they have the potential to get very, very large, roughly 49" according to one of my fish profile books. Somehow, I doubt this one will reach that maximum size but I would still expect it to get quite large. For the time being, I have a spare 55gal that I was going to put cichlids in but it can easily be converted to house this catfish for some time. I have driftwood and other than that, I've read that it is not fussy about decor.
My biggest concern is tank maintenance. Would these gloves: Aquarium Maintenance & Cleaning: Heavy Duty Aqua Gloves
be enough to protect me from electric shock when I clean the tank? If not, what kind of rubber gloves would work best?
I know the catfish will have to be solitary and I'm also aware it might require feeder fish initially (thank goodness I have guppies). Are there any other things I need to consider before I make a final decision? Any advice would be most appreciated.
EDIT: I do plan on talking to the employees too, about what care/food they've been giving it.