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post #1 of 5 Old 12-09-2010, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Striped Raphaels, Corydoras, Upside down

Hi there, I'm new here... Just had a few questions. I currently have 2 Striped Raphael Catfish and I would like to add a few corydoras and upside down catfish. My Raphs are extremely peaceful, I'm just unsure of the aggression of the upside down fish, are they nippy? I know Corys are very peaceful aswell...

Yes I love catfish and eventually would also like to get a few large Hoplos but they will have to wait :P
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-09-2010, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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also was wondering about Pictus Catfish, are they aggressive? Do they do well with other cats?
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If you noticed, the fish names in your posts are shaded; this means we have a profile on this species in our Tropical Fish Profiles section, which you can access by clicking on the shaded name or from the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the screen.

If you check the profile of the pictus, you will note it should be in a group (it is a shoaling species) and needs a 4-foot tank at minimum. It attains 5 inches and is predatory, so anything small enough to fit into its mouth may well be taken. It is a greedy eater, vacuuming up any food offered, so overfeeding is a danger.

The Raphael is similar in that it gets large and is predatory (all catfish basically are) so smaller fish may be eaten. It does well on its own or with another in sufficient space.

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If you noticed, the fish names in your posts are shaded; this means we have a profile on this species in our Tropical Fish Profiles section, which you can access by clicking on the shaded name or from the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the screen.

If you check the profile of the pictus, you will note it should be in a group (it is a shoaling species) and needs a 4-foot tank at minimum. It attains 5 inches and is predatory, so anything small enough to fit into its mouth may well be taken. It is a greedy eater, vacuuming up any food offered, so overfeeding is a danger.

The Raphael is similar in that it gets large and is predatory (all catfish basically are) so smaller fish may be eaten. It does well on its own or with another in sufficient space.

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I'm going to stay away from the pictus for now, I was just wondering about the Upside Down Catfish... I've tried to do research on them but most of the articles are on a species of Catfish similar to the Upside downs(labeled as upside down) but not "true" upside down catfish =S
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I'm going to stay away from the pictus for now, I was just wondering about the Upside Down Catfish... I've tried to do research on them but most of the articles are on a species of Catfish similar to the Upside downs(labeled as upside down) but not "true" upside down catfish =S
The true Upside Down Catfish [see our profile, though it has some missing info] is a shoaling species so just as with Corydoras, they should be in a small group (4+) and they will get along fine.

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