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CinBos 06-05-2012 10:56 AM

What would be a good catfish for my 125gal
 
My setup are as follows:

1 Firemouth
1 Convict
1 Green terror
1 Green Severum
1 Parrot Cichlid
11 Giant Danios
3 Mystert Snails
1 Jack Dempsey

I have had Brochis in there, and an eclipse catfish that I had in there all of 1 day (took him back the same day I got him). I was thinking pictus cats, but I know you have to keep them in shoals, but I would like just 1 catfish. Any ideas?

1077 06-05-2012 11:39 AM

Nearly all catfishes would be more comfortable in groups, and For your tank,,would need to be, or grow large enough,, not to be eaten or attacked.
If your other fish are still quite small, then maybe a single Synodontis Multipunctatus (grow to 7 inches) would work but again,,they would be happier in groups.
Most of the catfishes when kept as singleton's, will spend the majority of their time out of sight, and out of harms way in cichlid tank.
It is with the comfort of other's that they feel more comfortable, and thus more active. IMHO

CinBos 06-05-2012 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 1106999)
Nearly all catfishes would be more comfortable in groups, and For your tank,,would need to be, or grow large enough,, not to be eaten or attacked.
If your other fish are still quite small, then maybe a single Synodontis Multipunctatus (grow to 7 inches) would work but again,,they would be happier in groups.
Most of the catfishes when kept as singleton's, will spend the majority of their time out of sight, and out of harms way in cichlid tank.
It is with the comfort of other's that they feel more comfortable, and thus more active. IMHO

Looks like most Synodontix Cats are what I'm looking at. I think I may just stick with the Brochis Splendens. They will do a much better job patroling the bottom for left over food.

jaysee 06-05-2012 04:04 PM

I agree with 1077. My suggestion for a single cat would be the african featherfin (S. Euruptus), but like was said it spends a great deal of time hiding.

If it were my tank, I would try 5 pictus cats.

CinBos 06-05-2012 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 1107249)
I agree with 1077. My suggestion for a single cat would be the african featherfin (S. Euruptus), but like was said it spends a great deal of time hiding.

If it were my tank, I would try 5 pictus cats.

Well Pictus Cats were my first choice, but I feel I may be overstocked at that point. Check out my sig and tell me what you think...overstocked?

jaysee 06-05-2012 04:30 PM

I think it's within your tanks capacity or I wouldn't have encouraged it ;) However, your filtration is weak for a tank of that size and the stock you already have, so I wouldn't add any more fish until you've added a second canister, comparable to the one you already have. Even if you weren't going to add any more fish, you should upgrade your second filter.

CinBos 06-05-2012 07:23 PM

Really, ive been told on I was fine with the filtration on another thread I started.
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jaysee 06-05-2012 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by CinBos (Post 1107429)
Really, ive been told on I was fine with the filtration on another thread I started.
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You'll find a variety of opinions on the matter, as were expressed in your filtration thread. However, only one person said you were fine, and everyone else said you need more...... so perhaps you should reread the thread....specifically 1077's posts.

Large messy fish need large filtration systems, and people that don't keep large aquariums with large fish tend to underestimate what is required.

One thing to keep in mind, is that filtration and current are two different things. You seem to be concerned about keeping a low current in the tank, but that does not prohibit additional filtration capacity. You can lesson the flow rates to meet your needs.

CinBos 06-05-2012 09:32 PM

I read it. I understand what current and filtration is. At the time when I had the circulation fan, there was way too much current, just knew I needed less than what I had. As far as filtration and my old thread, looked like alot of people mentioned as of right now my filtration is fine, but I do realize down the road I will need better/more. Just dont have the money for a canister at the moment. Also I did read alot of what 1077 had to say, just couldnt decide from everybody what everyone was advising, I did end up going with an HOB suited for a 75 gallon aquarium. That should help for a while. I do agree with you on those who keep smaller tanks, not knowing what it takes to keep clean. I do a 50% water change each week, plus a smaller water change to clean out debri and poop.

Back to the catfish, I did end up going with 3 Brochis Splendens. Doesnt get nearly as big as most catfish, but still a good 3.5-4 inches, and their girth will keep them from being eaten. Also good at cleaning up the bottom for left over food.
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jaysee 06-05-2012 09:58 PM

I would agree that the filtration is fine right now, as the fish are probably still small. Adding the HOB is better than nothing and certainly buys you time, so it's not a pressing need. But, tick toc tick toc...
I am of the mindset that you buy equipment first and then fish second. If you can't afford to upgrade the filter now, who's to say you will when you need to? So to me, any money spent on additional fish (that will just bring you closer to that day, at a faster rate) should be saved to buy the equipment you need.

I would suggest this. I have 4 of them - 2 of that size, and one each of the smaller 2.

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I think you are right about the emerald corys not being eaten, but I do wonder if they are tough enough to handle the adult fish.


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