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post #1 of 11 Old 09-13-2007, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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RTC...Exaggeration?

I was talking to a new lfs employee in his early 20's about the monster fish when I was taken by surprise when he told me he once saw an 18-feet red-tailed catfish. I told him to repeat what he said so I can see if I did hear it right. Making me even more dismay is his matter-of-fact tone. 18 feet?! Moi?

That would have surpassed the records of the pirarucus, sturgeons and other popular freshwater monster fish.

Even wilder, he told me it ate two adult persons. Oh well...I'm not convinced.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-13-2007, 03:46 AM
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Errrrrrr BULL!

id trust PC, scotcat etc over a LFS employee anyday.
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Errrrrrr BULL!

id trust PC, scotcat etc over a LFS employee anyday.
True indeed. But I never asked him exactly how big RTCs grow. He was merely babbling everything he seems to know. The size bit is insane.

P.S. I can see how the beginners are going to react on his stories now. "Gosh! I'll throw the fish to the river where it'll live better." "Wow! They must have come from the sea." "How scary! That must be the original Frankenfish."

To be honest, I often hear visitors in my house muttering if I got my fish from the sea.

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post #4 of 11 Old 09-13-2007, 04:04 AM
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Yeah that guy was way off. Sturgeon are the largest type of fw fish and some can get around that size.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-13-2007, 06:09 AM
Yeah like way off. They only get to be about 6 feet.

Nobody needs an RTC. They should not be sold as pets. They do make a good food fish as they grow rapidly and eat almost anything. I've seen way to many of them in the freezer at my LFS. That's how they handle the unwanted ones when they get over a foot long. The best part is that they don't even sell them as they are against selling them as an ornamental fish.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-13-2007, 04:25 PM
My LFS has a RTC in a huge display tank at the end of one of the rows of tanks. She's called Rosie and she's older than me. She's the LFS owners pride and joy, and he's looked after her really well. She's a really lovely specimen and will follow you around as you walk past her tank, and also follow your hand if you wave it slowly across the glass. She's beautiful and a really interesting fish to see. I always stop off to see her when i'm in.

So i'd say that they can make good fish to keep, but only if you have the resources and space to keep them properly, like your own fish shop!

I'd agree however that it's wrong to just sell them to anyone who comes through the door, thinking that they'll stay at the cute 2" that you see them in in stores. Just because some people do something wrong, it doesn't mean that those who can do it right shouldn't!
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-13-2007, 04:49 PM
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I can't find anyting on a max length but White sturgeon get bigger :p. Longest recorded was 22 feet long but there are pictures that show them up to 30'. Imagine the tank for that!
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-13-2007, 06:23 PM
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F4A RTC max around 5'.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-14-2007, 09:54 PM
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Saw a 2000 gallon tank for sale on Craigslist today. Yours for the low, low price of 6 grand . 12x6x4 feet. Dual central overflows. Might could keep an RTC in that (though had I 72 sq feet on the ground floor of my house where I were 100% confident that the slab could hold the 8 TONS that puppy would be full, I'd set myself up to breed Arowana. 8) )

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post #10 of 11 Old 09-14-2007, 09:57 PM
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RTCs and Sturgeons aside, I had read in Killers of the Seas years ago that the giant wels had been suspected to eat the occasional small swimmer. I think they mentioned that there was no record of it actually happening to someone still alive, though. That's the only man eating catfish I have heard any rumors of.

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