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post #11 of 19 Old 03-11-2010, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
okay so one little guy is back in his corner, hopefully resting but we'll see if he's alive in the morning.

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post #12 of 19 Old 03-11-2010, 05:21 AM
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Oh no! Hopefully he'll be alright. These fish are too cute.

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post #13 of 19 Old 03-11-2010, 06:15 AM
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btw i think these are called "dwarf cuckoo catfish" and not "pygmy leopard catfish". go figure...i always believe the internet : )
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I am near certain that your fish are Synodontis Petricola judging from the photos. The Multi punctatus or (cuckoo) Synodontis don't have white strip on front of dorsal fins like the Petricola , only on the back of dorsal fin ,and spots on the head of the Petricola ,are much smaller than those on the Multipunctatus whose spots are more uniform (same size) ,throughout the fishes body. I have three of the Multipunctatus or (cuckoo) Synodontis and am unaware of a dwarf species of this fish. The Petricola ,can reach maybe four inches ,while the Multipunctatus can and does reach Six to Seven inches.
I wish mine were the smaller Petricola .These fish are quite similar in appearance as are many of the Synodontis ,and all enjoy oxygen rich water with moderate to strong current. This could explain why the fish like to rest near the return flow from the filter.
They also appreciate caves made from rock formations ,and or driftwood to rest under or near. Frozen foods such as blood worms,chopped eatrhworms, frozen chopped krill,and carnivore pellets are all appreciated by this species along with bits of whatever flake ,or other foods you feed the rest of your fish that they can find ,while searching the substrate. I do not believe them to much care for brightly lit areas and plants and or decor mentioned might make them more at ease.
The Multipunctatus I have, are quite active at night and it is one hour after lights are off that I feed these fish. Hope some of this helps. Cool fish in my view, and suitable for most community aquariums but perhaps not safe around very small fish or fry. Good Luck!

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post #14 of 19 Old 03-11-2010, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
So regarding what 1077 mentioned about these fish loving oxygen...WELL i switched to a canister filter yesterday for the sole purpose of reducing gaseous exchange (for my plants) and now cannot find the catfish anywhere. i saw one today, but the other five are MIA. i'm hoping they just tuned in to their natural nocturnal rhythm and will come out to feed later... or they suffocated and their bodies were devoured by the other piggies in the tank.

if they are dead, i'm going to CRYYYYYYYYY.

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So regarding what 1077 mentioned about these fish loving oxygen...WELL i switched to a canister filter yesterday for the sole purpose of reducing gaseous exchange (for my plants) and now cannot find the catfish anywhere. i saw one today, but the other five are MIA. i'm hoping they just tuned in to their natural nocturnal rhythm and will come out to feed later... or they suffocated and their bodies were devoured by the other piggies in the tank.

if they are dead, i'm going to CRYYYYYYYYY.

First,, My apologies for miss-spelling your name in previous post.
Look for the fishes after the lights are off for an hour or two . A small flashlight will hopefully show them out and about.

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First,, My apologies for miss-spelling your name in previous post.
Look for the fishes after the lights are off for an hour or two . A small flashlight will hopefully show them out and about.
Oh, I did that and they weren't scurrying about like they were the first couple of days but it looks like they found a hide out under some dw. However, I can't count or see if there are any dead bodies in there because they are really in a tiny space. They are so cute and tiny, but this is not working to my advantage right now!

So I just posted another thread...now you got me wondering if there's enough oxygen in the water... I just switched to a canister to reduce the loss of CO2 (for my plants) and am wondering if I should add an airstone in there or something???

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Oh, I did that and they weren't scurrying about like they were the first couple of days but it looks like they found a hide out under some dw. However, I can't count or see if there are any dead bodies in there because they are really in a tiny space. They are so cute and tiny, but this is not working to my advantage right now!

So I just posted another thread...now you got me wondering if there's enough oxygen in the water... I just switched to a canister to reduce the loss of CO2 (for my plants) and am wondering if I should add an airstone in there or something???
I think if you have some water movement,they will be alright. Maybe something like a small powerhead below the surface or a small pump such as the Hydor Koralia.
I fear the airstones would be a detriment to plant growth.

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I think if you have some water movement,they will be alright. Maybe something like a small powerhead below the surface or a small pump such as the Hydor Koralia.
I fear the airstones would be a detriment to plant growth.
Should I place the output valve closer to the surface or above the surface?

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Below the surface for sake of the plants.

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