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Syno/featherfin catfish
Old 05-12-2014, 05:02 PM   #1
 
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Syno/featherfin catfish

I've had these since the middle of February and they are now bigger than my 2 year old red tailed shark!! I can't believe they have grown so fast! How big are they supposed to get? I was told 5-6inch! Two are atleast that big already!
My main question is, how much am I supposed to be feeding them? They are getting sinking pellets and algae wafers sometimes. They are obviously doing well but I'm worried they are hungry!!

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Old 05-12-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
 
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Also they do not like the light at all. I have a tall plant stuffed under the filter so my baby Molly could hide when they where little but all 3 of the catfish are now crammed behind the plant / under the filter when the light is on. I need to build/buy them something to hide in/under. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:39 PM   #3
 
Featherfins usually get to 6-8 in, though they can get bigger. They like rocks, caves, and driftwood for hiding places. As for food, how often are you feeding them now?
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:42 PM   #4
 
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Thanks for your reply Emmh. I can't find any ready made hiding caves or anything big enough so I'm gonna get some stone and build them one.
At the moment I'm putting flake food in twice a day and sinking pellets in once to encourage them to eat any spare food off the bottom. I counted a typical amount of pellets and it's around 25, they are the really little ones.
There is also a red tailed shark and one lonely Cory eating that too.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:11 PM   #5
 
okay that sounds like enough food but you could always throw in some bloodworms and shrimp too a couple times a week to bolster their diet. They are opportunistic eaters and can be greedy so you have to be careful not to over feed them. How is the cory doing with them? Featherfins can be aggressive
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:23 PM   #6
 
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Good! I was worried they where hungry! I do have frozen blood work and dapheria?? That I probably don't give them enough!!
I have only ever seen them attack each other and that isn't often, they even leave the shark alone! The poor Cory is the last of his little group, we had 10 but lost them all to different things.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:56 PM   #7
 
Nope they just love to eat! I'm glad they haven't attacked the others. Sounds like you got yourself some great fishies!
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:23 PM   #8
 
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Thanks again Emmh! Sounds like I am lucky!!! One last question (sorry)! I have had them since the mide of February, they have grown really quickly I mean two of the three have more than tripled in size the other has doubled. I've never had anything that grows so quick!
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:53 PM   #9
 
Their growth rate is hard to predict, it depends on feedings, water temp and quality. You've been feeding them well and I'm assuming your water is fine which is why they've been growing rapidly. Once they reach around 6-7 in they often slow down.
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:25 AM   #10
 
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feather fins are decent sized fish..mine grew fast as well. They aren't shy about food but they are supposed to be nocturnal for feeding yet I see mine eat whenever there is food. they prefer rock caved you make yourself as opposed to one that are ready made.. Very fun fish to own. I've had mine over a yr and his growth slowed t about 8 months but he wasn't tiny when I got him. I've even found mine attacking zucchini I anchor into the substrate along with the other foods. ..


What size tank are they in?
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