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Serai7 12-22-2012 09:52 AM

Best tank mates for a polka dot catfish???
 
I have him in a ten gallon now with 1 rosy barb, 2 honey gouramis, and 1 chinese algae eater.. everything is fine besides the fact that he likes to barrel into them occasionally the n swim away. I had him in a five gallon but it was obviously too small. What other fish should I add to the tank, or take away that might help balance things out?

Nilet699 12-22-2012 09:56 AM

Another 5 rosy barbs? Thy prefer to be kept in groups of 5 Minimum to avoid stress and aggressiveness, so rather then new fish I would say this is the better option. Will also look much better in a small shoal

twocents 12-22-2012 10:34 AM

5 more rosy barbs would overstock the tank.
also, the chinese algae eater is not a good idea in the long run.
and sounds like the catfish is staking out a territory, and if it expands might prove detrimental to the other fish. so, based on your observations of its behaviour, it does not appear to be heading to a serendipitous end.

Canadian Fish 12-22-2012 10:44 AM

The Chinese Algae eater will probably get more aggressive as he ages, especially in a small tank like that. I have five young ones in a large tank and they are already mean.

If Polka Dot Catfish is another common name for pictus catfish (which seems to be what google is suggesting), then you will need a much larger aquarium for him. They also like to be in groups of five or more.

Rosy Barbs, as had been mentioned, like to be kept in groups. However, they require a 36" aquarium, and as mentioned in their profile, 48" is even better.

Nilet699 12-22-2012 10:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by twocents (Post 1358334)
5 more rosy barbs would overstock the tank.

Any and every fish in there currently is overstocking it tbh right now. Though then again we don't know the size of any of the fish, the Chinese could be 1 or 10 inches.

Best bet, if you want these fish, get a bigger tank.
Other that that re stock

Shewbert 12-22-2012 05:51 PM

I agree with above, they are living too close together, give them more space, the aggression will not stop, but it will be better if they have space to avoid each other.
Ray

Serai7 12-26-2012 03:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by twocents (Post 1358334)
5 more rosy barbs would overstock the tank.
also, the chinese algae eater is not a good idea in the long run.
and sounds like the catfish is staking out a territory, and if it expands might prove detrimental to the other fish. so, based on your observations of its behaviour, it does not appear to be heading to a serendipitous end.

Why don't you think the Chinese algae eater would be a good idea in the long run?

Nilet699 12-26-2012 04:35 PM

I'd imagine it could be that they can grow anything up to 11 inches, though 6-8inches in an aquarium is much more likely, but this still demands a much larger tank that you currently have.

Chinese algae eaters also have a tendency at 4/5 inches to stop being community fish and to become very aggressive, to the point where most are often kept alone


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