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post #1 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Question Is my catfish eating my guppies and tiger barbs ?

Hi I'm new here been looking for a forum just like this to get some help, ive had a problem for quite a while now every time i get guppies or tiger barbs at night they disappear, i have clown loaches, red tailed shark, 2 more small algae eaters, i was starting to think it was my large clown loach which is about 7" but my dad as looked at my tank and think is my spotty silver catfish (not sure on correct name) any ideas i lose at least one fish a night till theyve all gone, ive seeked advice and apparently my fish are all community fish, but obviously not, and never find dead fish or any signs of missing fish so something eating them

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 09:18 AM
catfish will eat anything that fits in their mouths and they are nocturnal thats why theres no bodies left after nighttime ends

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 09:24 AM
hopefully you'll find a good tank mate thats larger then his mouth.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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yeah hopefully any ideas ? ive got some young clown loaches and he/she aint bothering them at all, anything you could recommend that would live happily with my fish would be great
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 10:44 AM
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Is your catfish the same one in your avatar? If so, it's a Pictus cat (Pimelodus pictus) and I have one and think they are a great fish. Your dad is right, it is definitely not your loach eating your fish. I keep a group of clowns with other small fish in the tank and no fish ever go missing.
What size is your tank? Only one clown loach in the tank??

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post #7 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 11:35 AM
he also has a black shark aunt kymmie. how big is your tank scarletangel?

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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the size of the tank is around 200 ltrs, yes its the catfish on my avatar who's the suspected culprit, i have one large clown loach who's around 7" and 3 younger much smaller ones

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post #9 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 01:05 PM
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its the pictus.....black sharks are cool but are tank busters .....things look good.. as kitten said anything that can fit in the mouth is fair game and there mouths are bigger than you would think...ADIOS...

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post #10 of 13 Old 09-18-2010, 01:25 PM
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200 liters is approx. 52.83 US gallons. Long term it's going to be way too small of a tank for a group of clowns, considering they will grow rather quite large. Picture all your clowns in the tank at 8 to 12 inches (albiet it'll take awhile before they reach that size) and it's going to be pretty crammed in there.
Just something to think about as far as the long term. When badxgillen said black sharks are tank busters I don't think he realized we are talking about a black red-tailed shark, not a bala shark or similar type fish. Out of curiousity, what do you feed your pictus? I only ask as I'm able to keep cardinals w/ my pictus without him going after them, but I also keep my "bad boy" well fed.

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