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post #1 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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wood eating catfish discovered

Came across this and thought some of you might find it of interest.

Pictures: New Armored, Wood-Eating Catfish Found in Amazon

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 05:36 PM
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Wow, cool article. That's a neat looking fish too. I always thought the wood ingesting microbes were in the catfishes digestive system not on the wood itself! Very interesting find!

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 06:20 PM
that is a really big fish... i want one...
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Came across this and thought some of you might find it of interest.

Pictures: New Armored, Wood-Eating Catfish Found in Amazon
By the way, should have noted it previously, at the bottom of the article click "Next" to see the rest, as it continues over several pages with photos of the fish's jaws and how it eats, etc.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 07:03 PM
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"They put it in soup or barbecue it whole," German said. "The fish have an armor shell that acts like a built-in bowl. So they take out the gut and cook the fish whole and just eat the meat out of the shell."

I may never look at a pleco in the same way again! Interesting article, Byron. Thanks for posting!!

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 09:00 PM
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[quote=aunt kymmie;480710]"They put it in soup or barbecue it whole," German said. "The fish have an armor shell that acts like a built-in bowl. So they take out the gut and cook the fish whole and just eat the meat out of the shell."

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Cool - a fish that comes ready to barbecue because you can forget the wood chips :)

Too funny.

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