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Going to be new catfish owner, help with stocking, cories or pleco?
Old 01-04-2012, 04:58 PM   #21
 
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If you are referring to Schilbe intermedius then the answer is a hard no, unless you can keep a 12 inch active fish. Schilbe intermedius • Schilbeidae • Cat-eLog • PlanetCatfish • PlanetCatfish.com has some info and View topic - Schilbe intermedius (grasscutter catfish) • PlanetCatfish.com might also be useful to you. I haven't kept one but from the little i read so far i would guess a 6 foot tank is needed for a school and they seem to appreciate schools. Though, once again this is from a quick glance so i have no clue.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:24 PM   #22
 
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If you are referring to Schilbe intermedius then the answer is a hard no, unless you can keep a 12 inch active fish. Schilbe intermedius • Schilbeidae • Cat-eLog • PlanetCatfish • PlanetCatfish.com has some info and View topic - Schilbe intermedius (grasscutter catfish) • PlanetCatfish.com might also be useful to you. I haven't kept one but from the little i read so far i would guess a 6 foot tank is needed for a school and they seem to appreciate schools. Though, once again this is from a quick glance so i have no clue.
Yes, I am talking about them..lol. They have all sorts of names..

Ive seen they can be kept in a 20 gal? Thats what my friend has hers in, and shes had em about a year, and they havent grown much, maybe four inches..
And she has a few that are alone, in other tanks, and they act pretty much the same...

Im still not sure though.

Anyone else keep these fish?

Im leaning towards a banjo cat and three or four cory cats....
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #23
 
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You can keep all kinds of fish in tanks to small for them, doesn't mean its healthy for the fish. Keeping them in anything less then a 5 foot tank is to small for long term.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:41 PM   #24
 
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You can keep all kinds of fish in tanks to small for them, doesn't mean its healthy for the fish. Keeping them in anything less then a 5 foot tank is to small for long term.
Thats true. Bettas can live in a bowl, but they dont like it, or thrive in it.

Ive read that banjos can get up to a foot long, but the two im thinking about have been in that petstore, in thier private tank for two years now and are only 4.5 inches..
They really like me, so thier willing to sell them to me.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:19 AM   #25
 
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I am aware of the bettas labyrinth organ, and where they come from, and i know that cories and most if not all, catfish need lots or aeration, and water movement. I have two air pump powered filters in the tank, and soon to be another. The way i have it set up, I have a baffler for most of the movement, though there is a section that has more movement than the rest, but my betta likes to ride the current to the other side, rest, then do it all again!
78* is on the cooler side? thats a bettas prime temp! Thats my tanks temp always.

So, even with all that, If it comes down to it, i will move the betta into another 2.5 that i have, and Ill have the tank as a catfish tank.
so from my above post, heres the list of what i can get at my LPS..

There is a mature bristle nose, at 4 inches

Two banjo cats, also mature at 4 inches each, store has owned them for two years.

Grass cutters, not matured, but small, only two inches, my friend got some about a year ago, and they only ended up 5 inches, same breeder and species.


I'm leaning towards a couple grass cutters and a banjo cat?
I also have a 20 gal that I scrounged up, could i get three cutters and a banjo?

My aplogies for any confusion, I believe I wrote,, that Bristlenose would prefer temp on the cooler side of 78 degrees F certainly no warmer.
I have a Banjo catfish, and have kept them in the past . They too prefer cooler water with moderate current,movement, with 76 degree's being about as high as I would try keeping them at long term.(many folks keep many fishes in too warm,too cool temps = sickly fishes ,with shorter lifespans)
They are not a fish I would expect to see a lot of, for they will spend most of their time during the day buried in sand which they appreciate,, or very small grain size gravel substrate,.They also prefer to have some wood and or smooth river stones where they can rest out of sight or they will become stressed, and they are much more active at night after light's are off.
They share same diet as many catfishes, (small crustaceans,worms, shrimp,carnivore pellet's, chopped krill,earthworm bit's, and or flake foods that fall to the bottom.)
They are not much threat to other adult community fishes but will eat smaller fishes .
Most of the banjo cat's commonly offered ,grow to around six inches with good care. I believe there is another species that get's larger but I have not seen them for many year's.
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My aplogies for any confusion, I believe I wrote,, that Bristlenose would prefer temp on the cooler side of 78 degrees F certainly no warmer.
I have a Banjo catfish, and have kept them in the past . They too prefer cooler water with moderate current,movement, with 76 degree's being about as high as I would try keeping them at long term.(many folks keep many fishes in too warm,too cool temps = sickly fishes ,with shorter lifespans)
They are not a fish I would expect to see a lot of, for they will spend most of their time during the day buried in sand which they appreciate,, or very small grain size gravel substrate,.They also prefer to have some wood and or smooth river stones where they can rest out of sight or they will become stressed, and they are much more active at night after light's are off.
They share same diet as many catfishes, (small crustaceans,worms, shrimp,carnivore pellet's, chopped krill,earthworm bit's, and or flake foods that fall to the bottom.)
They are not much threat to other adult community fishes but will eat smaller fishes .
Most of the banjo cat's commonly offered ,grow to around six inches with good care. I believe there is another species that get's larger but I have not seen them for many year's.
So banjos and cories are okay? Could I get the two banjos and four cories? Just want to finalize my plan!
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:07 AM   #27
 
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So banjos and cories are okay? Could I get the two banjos and four cories? Just want to finalize my plan!
Would get on well in my opinion with cool,oxygen rich water, and enough room.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:09 PM   #28
 
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Would get on well in my opinion with cool,oxygen rich water, and enough room.
Im so excited! Those banjos are so cute! I know theyll hide, and come out at night, but im a nighttime person, so thats okay! Is there any type of light i can get that will still light the tank, but be darker, so they think its nighttime? maybe a purple or red type? Im not sure what thier called..
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Im so excited! Those banjos are so cute! I know theyll hide, and come out at night, but im a nighttime person, so thats okay! Is there any type of light i can get that will still light the tank, but be darker, so they think its nighttime? maybe a purple or red type? Im not sure what thier called..
The best way to create an environment for semi-nocturnal fish is to have minimal lighting (only what is essential for the plant species, and select low light plants) and then lots of floating plants. In the tank, some chunks of bogwood arranged to create mini-caves or crevices, open to the front of the tank so you can see the fish inside these. In time, with such an environment, many nocturnal or semi-nocturnal fish will be more likely to spend more time out and about.
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