Tropical Fish Keeping banner
1 - 20 of 38 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
i was thinking of using my 55 gallon fish tank for a red tailed cat fish. right now my LFS have a big one 18inches or so and a small one about 3 inches. i was going to buy the same one and put 2 other fish in with him. what fish can go in with the red tailed cat...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
uh.... 55g? you need bigger. the red tail cat is a eating machine and grows quickly so that 3incher will quickly outgrow that 55.

as far as what to keep with it... anything that wont fit in its mouth, cause he will eat anything.

:)



there an awesome fish to keep but you have to have a large tank for them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,248 Posts
joeshmoe said:
red tails grt huge mybe like a 150 or 200 gallonns and i think that min
It has to be even bigger.:blink: Such a large fish can reach more than 3 feet.:blink: I'm afraid you'll need 500 gallons or more tank size just to accommodate it. An indoor swimming pool of 1000 gallons(without the chlorine) would be even better.:mrgreen: No fish would stand its big mouth other than other large catfish themselves.:wink2: Pseudodoras niger are often one of the good tankmates for that catfish.

Red-tailed catfish should never have been sold in lfs. A lot of people just buy them and are rarely aware of how large these fish are.:blink: A lot of people soon give up and tend to either give them to the public aquaria or just kill them which I do not advocate.:blueworry:

Mind you, there are other fish which shouldn't be sold in the lfs.:wink2: Rather should they be sold to beginners.:blink: Electric catfish are among those which should not be sold. And so do fish reaching more than 3 feet including the arapaimas.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,287 Posts
What does Red tailed catfish go with?

Tartar Sauce.

That's not a tank fish - it's a game fish. :shock: (That's no moon, it's a battlestation.)

Seriously, though, major concern would be size. Arapima maybe. Peacock Bass. Dorado. Alligator Gar. Basically, the kind of fish you'd find in a 5000 gallon Amazon tank in a public Aquarium.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,248 Posts
tophat665 said:
That's not a tank fish - it's a game fish. :shock: (That's no moon, it's a battlestation.)
It does look like a game fish more than an aquarium fish.:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,716 Posts
Caferacermike said it best... plain and simple, don't buy something like that, end of story. Our zoo is full of them because people go to a LFS and buy one, and within 6 months they are over a foot long, and eating everything in the tank. They currently have a few that are 4 - 5 ft. They're impossible to keep healthy in a home aquarium of under 1000 gallons because of their size and messy eating habits. The LFS I worked in has one, a customer bought it as a cute little 3 inch baby, and 6 months later it had cleaned out his tank and was costing a fortune to take care of. It eats 4 - 6 mice each week, along with anything else it can get a hold of... fingers no exception! They jump, are very strong, and now even the LFS is wondering what to do with it a year later because it is now approaching the 3 ft mark, on it's way to up to 5 ft in length.
The person who brought them to the LFS market needs to be hunted down and forced to suffer what these poor fish suffer when people buy them and take them home. It's not kind to the animal or your pocketbook. Leave it at the LFS and find something more suitable that will fit into your tank.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,248 Posts
bettababy said:
Caferacermike said it best... plain and simple, don't buy something like that, end of story. Our zoo is full of them because people go to a LFS and buy one, and within 6 months they are over a foot long, and eating everything in the tank. They currently have a few that are 4 - 5 ft. They're impossible to keep healthy in a home aquarium of under 1000 gallons because of their size and messy eating habits. The LFS I worked in has one, a customer bought it as a cute little 3 inch baby, and 6 months later it had cleaned out his tank and was costing a fortune to take care of. It eats 4 - 6 mice each week, along with anything else it can get a hold of... fingers no exception! They jump, are very strong, and now even the LFS is wondering what to do with it a year later because it is now approaching the 3 ft mark, on it's way to up to 5 ft in length.
The person who brought them to the LFS market needs to be hunted down and forced to suffer what these poor fish suffer when people buy them and take them home. It's not kind to the animal or your pocketbook. Leave it at the LFS and find something more suitable that will fit into your tank.

Best detailed post I've read along with Mike's simple post.:welldone: I, myself, did see them as game fish as Tophat had mentioned.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,716 Posts
EEEwwww, yuk! They may be "food fish" in some places, but that is after they've had a "wild" or appropriate "food fish" diet... to keep one at home and feed it as an aquarium fish.... again I say "eeeewww, yuk!"
Ever heard the phrase "you are what you eat"? Fish are no exception to that rule.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,716 Posts
That sounds good, but this fish is a predator/carnivore, and needs a meat based diet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,248 Posts
bettababy said:
Ever heard the phrase "you are what you eat"? Fish are no exception to that rule.
I did hear this one. Found it in one of the articles regarding the discus. It explained that feeding discus inappropriate food will not produce good quality ones. A lot of people tend to feed fish junkfoods, cheese, flakes(exclusively) and even a lot of adult brine shrimps.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,287 Posts
bettababy said:
That sounds good, but this fish is a predator/carnivore, and needs a meat based diet.
I don't know - beef heart, mackerel, shrimp, whole smelts, squid, mice fed on honeyed barley, small pigeons. Kept in a clean, slightly too small aquarium with a gravel bottom and well fed and treated, this could be a wonderful tank raised food fish.

Damn! Now I'm thinking about how best to cook it - Fillet or en croute?

It'd make a great pairing with a similarly prepped pangius cat and a nice spicy pinot....

Actually, that should have been my first answer - a nice, oaky white.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,248 Posts
tophat665 said:
Damn! Now I'm thinking about how best to cook it - Fillet or en croute?
Er..fillet?:thumbsup: I haven't tasted it but it seems tasty.:)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,716 Posts
I am going to stop here on this thread, because I am not going to advocate this idea in any way shape or form. There are a lot of issues with raising an aquarium fish to be used as a food source, and to not know ALL of the dangers involved ahead of time could leave someone a prime target for food poisoning. There are reasons that government standards on foods are in place, and there are reasons why it is not common practice to raise food fish in a home aquarium. I don't wish to get that extensively into such a topic, other than to say it's not a good idea, for human safety purposes above all else.
If there are more "legitimate" questions about fish keeping, as "pets", then I am happy to answer them and help in any way I can.
For me, now, this issue is closed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,645 Posts
It certainly isn't for me.


I was enjoying the humorous side of our members. I don't think anyone is advocating doing such a thing.

I was going to recommend building a fire and roasting it whole like a pig at a barbecue.

But the moods kinda a downer now.
 
1 - 20 of 38 Posts
Top