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What am I really called? (Fish)
Old 12-02-2007, 07:40 AM   #1
 
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What am I really called? (Fish)

My previous owners called me an algae eater.


My previous owners called me silver tip sharks.
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:49 AM   #2
 
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Not to sure on the algae eater but as for the sharks. They are Silver-Tip Shark Arius seemani

aka: Colombian Shark, Shark Cat
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:54 AM   #3
 
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Just did a google search and it says when they mature they are brackish water fish. "They usually get lumped in with the freshwater fish species but this fish is not purely a freshwater fish. It is actually a brackish water species as juveniles that will slowly need to be acclimated to a full saltwater tank as they get bigger. The potential adult size of this fish is also often misrepresented. They can reach 20 inches (51 cm) or more in size if taken care of properly. "
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:57 AM   #4
 
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Just did a google search and it says when they mature they are brackish water fish. "They usually get lumped in with the freshwater fish species but this fish is not purely a freshwater fish. It is actually a brackish water species as juveniles that will slowly need to be acclimated to a full saltwater tank as they get bigger. The potential adult size of this fish is also often misrepresented. They can reach 20 inches (51 cm) or more in size if taken care of properly. "
Really sorry for all the posts... This may not be completely correct. Let me do a little more digging...
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:05 AM   #5
 
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Again really sorry for all the posts but yes, as far as I can tell this is your fish and they require brackish water and can thrive in full marine when older. When kept in saltless water, they develop usually lethal skin conditions. "Arius seemani has venom glands in the base of the dorsal fins, and should therefore be handled with care." These guys may also eat your other fish. But they usualy don't get much bigger then a foot when kept in a big tank. 20" Is the size in the wild.
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:51 PM   #6
 
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The first fish looks like a Chinese Algae eater though it's a little difficult to tell from the angle of the photo. They get very agressive when they get larger and max out at often well over a foot long. Not recommended for the community tank.

I agree with Little Fizz with both the info she gave and the identification.
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:13 PM   #7
 
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Thanks for the info.
I just saw these guys at Walmart. Walmart called them black tipped something anothers..

All the fish in my tank seem to be more mature walmart fish. I guess that is where the guy got them.

This probably doesn't change the brackish part since walmart also sales figure 8 puffers now.

Can these guys and figure 8 puffers get along?
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Old 12-02-2007, 03:25 PM   #8
 
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I have no experience with puffers but from what I have heard they should ideally be kept in same species tanks because they are aggressive and fin nippers. I've read the figure 8 puffer isn't that aggressive but if your fish is faster then it I don't imagine fin nipping would be a HUGE problem. I guess it depends if your willing to take a risk.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:54 PM   #9
 
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This probably doesn't change the brackish part since walmart also sales figure 8 puffers now.
What do you mean by this?

First pic is indeed Chinese Algae Eater. Typical coloration and markings for CAE. I wouldn't recommend putting them in a community tank. They are slow growers but have a potential of reaching 8-10 inches.

The second one is indeed Columbian sharks. Brackish and eventually marine conditions are recommended.
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