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Zincubus 05-09-2009 01:55 PM

Considering getting a Porthole catfish ....
Considering getting a Porthole catfish .... but just wondering if we will ever SEE him ???
We have an upside down catfish but he hardly ever shows up !!
Also read a few places that portholes only grow to about 4 inches MAX .... is that correct - it's a 4 foot tank .

4fish 05-09-2009 02:04 PM

haha i got an upsidedown cf too and i thought he had been eaten until i thoroughly cleaned the tank (took all the hidey holes out) months later and found him alive and FAT! my bet is that if they are skittish fish or like caves at all, you wont see him ever. that's how mine is. but every fish/setup is different. maybe you could figure out a set-up in which he feels like he's hiding while you are still able to view him.

Bottomfeeder 05-09-2009 06:53 PM

Porthole Catfish are pretty active ;)

froglady 05-09-2009 09:54 PM

I Have a pigmy albino catfish. he seems to be the healthiest fish Ive ever owned. the porthole catfish sound interesting, I;ll see if I can find it in my book,

Bottomfeeder 05-10-2009 06:36 AM

theyre Armored Catfish although they have a conventional mouth. reach about 4-5''
Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Porthole Catfish
There's also either a variation or related species with a big black and white striped tail called a Flagtail Catfish.

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