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fishbut 12-22-2010 04:15 PM

catfish id??
 
Hello

Today we bought a new catfish and the man at the fishshop told us the name at the time but I have forgotten now and can't find from the description... this is a long shark looking catfish, the man in the shop told us they are often referred to as sharks.. but upon googling i can only find the columbian shark catfish which although very similar.. isnt spot on... it looks very similar to a pictus catfish but they all seem to have patterns whereas this one is dark grey... any ideas would be greatly appreciated

thanks in advance :)

spike0544 12-22-2010 04:22 PM

It kind of sounds like an irradescent shark, which I believe is the same as a Columbian Shark Catfish. They are pretty common in fish stores. If it is this species be warned, as they can get up to 4 feet in length. A picture would be the only way I could know for sure though.

fishbut 12-22-2010 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by spike0544 (Post 540515)
It kind of sounds like an irradescent shark, which I believe is the same as a Columbian Shark Catfish. They are pretty common in fish stores. If it is this species be warned, as they can get up to 4 feet in length. A picture would be the only way I could know for sure though.


Thank you, it does look very similar but the guy at the shop said that it would only grow to about 6ish inches so I am hoping!! that it isn't going to get upto 4 ft!! lol

I will try and upload a piccie of him?her? if it ever gets out from its hiding place underneath the pump! :)

Byron 12-22-2010 06:35 PM

Have a look at our fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top. Under "cyprinids" there are some "shark" species [these are in the family Cyprinidae not Catfish]. If it is more a "catfish" then have a look under that category.

Some of these, esp if they reach "six inches" [which may be far from the truth;-)] can be quite aggressive as they mature; all the "shark" species are this way inclined. We will know more about that once we know what you have.

Byron.

fishbut 12-27-2010 08:14 AM

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small fry 12-27-2010 08:32 AM

From the pics it doesn't really look like a colombian (which become Brackish when they mature). Colombians usually have more of a white-colored belly.

Well, that is all I can say. I used to have a colombian/black-fin shark (before I knew what I was doing). Beyond that, it is you guys again.

(edit: Actually, it might be a colombian. I just looked at the pics again. Hard to tell, but it does seem a little whiter under the belly. Those fins look a little bit like the black-fin (colombian) shark. Can you get some side pictures? If you had to estimate, how long do you think it is? Thanks!

jeaninel 12-27-2010 01:38 PM

It looks like a type of Synodontis. Which one I can't say. Google "Synodontis catfish" and see if you can find which one you have.

aunt kymmie 12-27-2010 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by jeaninel (Post 543479)
It looks like a type of Synodontis. Which one I can't say. Google "Synodontis catfish" and see if you can find which one you have.

+1 :-)

raheelshaukat 07-01-2011 09:01 AM

It looks like a Synodontis Eupterus (high-fin squeaker)to me.

Christople 07-01-2011 11:00 AM

I was going to say the same thing


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