View Full Version : Banjo Catfish. A carnivore?

03-03-2013, 07:31 PM
I have one of these strange banjo guys.
He's a boring fish. Most of the time he is buried in the sand.

Upon researching the Banjo, (after i bought him) I learned that when they are adults they may become carnivorous and eat other fish during the night..
When i purchased him he was about 3 inches long, so I imagine he is pretty old...
None of my fish have disappeared, but I'm nervous, wondering if anyone has experienced banjos eating their tank mates.

03-03-2013, 07:44 PM
What are his tankmates?

Generally with fish if you keep them well fed then there is much less of a chance that they will start snacking on your other fish.

03-03-2013, 07:53 PM
6 Danios, 4 Columbian tetras, 2 Serpae tetras, and 2 small corys.
mostly worried about the corys. They're the smallest and I'm very attached to them.
I do take care to feed sinking pellets and smaller amounts of flakes just before i turn the lights off.
Banjo is such a strange fish though, I wouldn't put it past him to gobble up a cory.

03-03-2013, 08:02 PM
Then perhaps you need to find either fish another home.

03-03-2013, 08:03 PM
Well if the corys are small enough to fit in his mouth then there is a chance. But the more well fed he is the less of a chance there will be. Flake wont really fill up a banjo cat. Why not try bloodworms, brineshrimp, cut up beef heart. Your corys will like these meaty foods aswell.

03-04-2013, 10:41 AM
Read this article and make up your own mind. I believe it's a trusted site so your fish should be safe.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=bunocephalus%20coracoideus&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&ved=0CEoQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.seriouslyfish.com%2Fspecies%2 Fbunocephalus-coracoideus%2F&ei=vnk0UYCLA8aKjALn84GQDg&usg=AFQjCNHFFDOWsEo8coS7eOCtanJDBYKWfQ&bvm=bv.43148975,d.cGE

You should take scottishfish's advice on feeding though, otherwise it may starve.

Just to back up the first site: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=bunocephalus%20coracoideus&source=web&cd=11&cad=rja&ved=0CC8QFjAAOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fanimal-world.com%2Fencyclo%2Ffresh%2Fcatfish%2Fbanjocat.p hp&ei=YXw0Ud6yJ7HAiwL4kIGQCw&usg=AFQjCNF10afD2qvsLLnZR8YRDScQNZ9pfA