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Old 06-09-2012, 05:32 PM   #51
 
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Hmm well in a link Sakura sent me one guy said the pet store owner wouldn't let him get one unless he let it shock him.
And everyone else was talking about how their hands tingle when they do water changes. xD
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:16 PM   #52
 
I'm looking forward to tingling hands. o.O
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:39 PM   #53
 
Sand or gravel? I'm leaning toward sand but I'm not sure.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:27 PM   #54
 
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For anything with barbels, I'd do sand. It just seems more natural. Plus, have you seen anything about them burrowing?
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:01 AM   #55
 
So far, I haven't seen anything about them burrowing. All I really could find about their behavior is that they hide a lot and are very nocturnal. Which is good because I'm always too sleepy to feed my fish in the morning anyway. (sorry, fishies!)

Okay, I have some leftover playsand that I can easily put in there. I wasn't planning on putting more than a thin (half to a full inch) layer because I thought having to stir a thicker layer every week to prevent those gas pockets might upset him. As far as decor goes, I think just some tubes to hide in, some driftwood. I don't think they even need live plants. I might try a crypt but the light on the 55gal is really lousy so I don't know how even that would do.

Plus, if it isn't planted, I can go ahead and use Chemi-Pure Elite to take out the silicates that are sure to come with the playsand.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:49 AM   #56
 
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Yay! That crummy light might mean you'll see more of him in the day time!
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:34 PM   #57
 
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Sakura, did you happen to pick him up in Sacramento?
I just saw that it says youre from Elk Grove and the tanks in the picture you took look like one of the stores I go to up there.

I think I remember them having an electric catfish as well, but I dont go there too often and for the life of me cant remember for sure if he was there.

Was just curious XD.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:37 PM   #58
 
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That is interesting because I was under the impression electric catfish were still pretty rare in the hobby.

Electric eel. Yeah, not ever messing with one of those.
I don't know as she actually had a specific one in mind -- was more under the impression that she wanted to get one. I know there's a couple of places or so that can special order fish around here, or maybe she had something else in mind. They were on their way to leaving by that point so I wasn't able to ask too much.

Haha, but electric eels are so cool! All honesty, can't blame you.

Olympia, that story sounds like the protocol for police before they're issued a taser: they have to have one used on them beforehand to try and discourage abuse or otherwise inappropriate use of them. Tingling's not so bad -- better than numb or, say, muscle twitches or something.

Of course, that coming from a guy who likes to stick his hand in the Guppy tanks because he thinks it feels neat when they're biting all at once.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:17 AM   #59
 
emeraldsky, yes, it was in Sacramento. :) It's Aquaworkz on Belvedere, just off Power Inn Road. It's a pretty big store. Poor guy has been there forever, all cooped up in there. I hate how they house their big fish and bettas but they get probably one of the best varieties in out of all the major LFS.

The tank has been cleaned and filled. His PVC pipe tunnel is floating so I may either have to weight it down with rocks (my dad wanted to use a heavy metal rod ) or just scrap it altogether and get him a fake log. And in case anyone ever is interested, Marineland Emperor 400 power filters are both freakin' huge and freakin' loud. Seriously, the thing wouldn't fit in the cutout in the hood. Had to cut off extra.

Part of me wonders what would happen if I put a knifefish or an elephantnose in with him, as they are both capable of weak electrical fields. Not that I will, of course.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:24 AM   #60
 
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emeraldsky, yes, it was in Sacramento. :) It's Aquaworkz on Belvedere, just off Power Inn Road. It's a pretty big store. Poor guy has been there forever, all cooped up in there. I hate how they house their big fish and bettas but they get probably one of the best varieties in out of all the major LFS.

The tank has been cleaned and filled. His PVC pipe tunnel is floating so I may either have to weight it down with rocks (my dad wanted to use a heavy metal rod ) or just scrap it altogether and get him a fake log. And in case anyone ever is interested, Marineland Emperor 400 power filters are both freakin' huge and freakin' loud. Seriously, the thing wouldn't fit in the cutout in the hood. Had to cut off extra.

Part of me wonders what would happen if I put a knifefish or an elephantnose in with him, as they are both capable of weak electrical fields. Not that I will, of course.
I thought so!
I like going there, its like a fish warehouse, though I will agree with you that their fishkeeping does need an upgrade.
Im glad you got him, I'd look at him everytime I went and debated on getting him or not for the same reason you did. I'm just happy you saved me from having to explain to my bf why I would bring him home. I've already used the "I wanted to save him" excuse far to many times XD


As an interesting note, the head of electric catfish are positively charged and the tails are negatively charged. Thought that was neat X)
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