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bubble_bee
02-03-2007, 11:01 PM
Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum, and I hope someone can help me out!!

I purchased two petricola's from the lfs a couple of weeks ago with, of course, very wrong/lacking advice from the person selling them.

I think my tank will be fine for them, however, after doing some intense research on the net. I'm only a little worried because they almost never come out of their caves, and if they sense anyone around the immediately run back in. I feed a 1/2 cube of frozen brine shrimp at night, and I'm worried that they're not eating, but I have no way of finding out! Any advice? Will these fish become a little more outgoing as time goes on?

Their tank mates are 5 neons, and one very old/not very aggressive betta (as of today.) Thanks for the help/peace of mind!

cocoa_pleco
02-03-2007, 11:38 PM
dont worry. My upside down cat stayed in his cave 24/7 and rarely came out. I had him for 3 years and saw him outside the cave for 10 min max totaled each year.

He ate though, even though I didnt see him.

More hiding spaces encourages fish to come out though, as they know if they get scared theres cover close by

Lady Hobbs
02-04-2007, 12:53 AM
My Synodontis (2) are different. One was right out and about within 2 days and the other stayed hidden for a couple weeks. Now they are chasing one another around the tank during the day. In time will have to separate them most likely.

wantsome
02-04-2007, 08:41 PM
Petricola are best kept in groups of 5 or more, 2 might not feel secure enough to come out. They also come out of thier hideing places more as they age.

If your worried about them getting food, try some kind of pellet food that sinks or Hikari algae waffers are a good supplement.

I feed mine new life spectrum, and Hikari algae waffers. The NLS sinks and they love it. But mine come out to eat when the lights are on. They'll scurry out grab some food and then swim for cover.

Frozen foods are a pain to feed and once they get hooked on them its hard to get them to take other foods.

zenryoku
02-17-2007, 02:10 AM
What can you keep petricolas with. I heard that when they get bigger they will eat smaller fidh....

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 02:12 AM
they should be kept with fish medium sized, like say sailfin mollies or angels.

they may eat neons though, but are often calm

Drumachine09
02-17-2007, 02:36 AM
My udc was ALWAYS swimming around upside down looking like a doofus:ezpi_wink1: ...I miss that little guy.

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 02:49 AM
mine stayed in his cave 99.999999999999999999 percent of his life. I saw him out once for 10 seconds

It was funny. He stayed upside down inside the roof of the cave

Nautilus291
02-17-2007, 04:04 AM
how big do these guys get, and do they fin nip at all. I was thinking of getting a group of them for my 55g but I dont want anything that will fin nip.

Drumachine09
02-17-2007, 04:09 AM
how big do these guys get, and do they fin nip at all. I was thinking of getting a group of them for my 55g but I dont want anything that will fin nip.

3", some people will try to say 6, but that is EXTREMELY rare. They are one of the most peaceful fish i have ever kept. Lots of personality. Mine must have been dropped on his head, as i NEVER saw him swim right side up. Get a couple, you wont regret it!

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 04:12 AM
mine was 6"

Drumachine09
02-17-2007, 04:18 AM
mine was 6"

There must be something in your water boy!....(it explains alot)





i kid, i kid.

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 04:20 AM
i didnt know its rare they get to 6".

wow, mine was specialthumbs2:

Drumachine09
02-17-2007, 04:24 AM
wow, mine was specialthumbs2:


Like you?









Sorry, your just leaving these open, and as a satrist, i feel obligated to pick up the slack.

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 04:25 AM
:hmm3grin2orange: hahaha. lol

Drumachine09
02-17-2007, 04:27 AM
Here we go again, hijacking threads and all, but we are pretty much the only ones on this late. more people will get on in a half hour, but only for about 30 minutes or so.

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 04:30 AM
i know.

people just come for 5 seconds and go.
All the newbies often post like 1 question then leave. like, we have 7000 people registered and 700 are actually kinda frequent

Drumachine09
02-17-2007, 04:31 AM
i know.

people just come for 5 seconds and go.
All the newbies often post like 1 question then leave. like, we have 7000 people registered and 700 are actually kinda frequent

I wish we could get the members list cleaned up, or have like, account deletion when its not signed in on is 6 months. It takes forever to find some one, and most have either 1 or 0 posts, just so they can read stuff.

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 04:33 AM
yeah. you have to be registered to see links, and they just post in introductions and you dont see em anymore.

See, this is why we need a chatroom, too much offtracking

Drumachine09
02-17-2007, 04:36 AM
yeah. you have to be registered to see links, and they just post in introductions and you dont see em anymore.

See, this is why we need a chatroom, too much offtracking

Do you have aim? I think i have yahoo as well, but i havent ever used it.

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 04:40 AM
im not onto those things too much anymore

zenryoku
02-17-2007, 06:25 AM
so my black phantoms would be a bit small....

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 04:23 PM
i doubt it. theyre really peaceful. I had mine in a community tank with huge fish and tiny fish like neons and guppies and he hurt nothing.
I think youd be fine

Lady Hobbs
02-17-2007, 05:21 PM
Welcome.

I never see my Synodontis anymore. I have two in different tanks. One recently had a small amount of fungus but with the way they hide, how'd you ever know? LOL For a while, mine would come out during the day but now I can hardly get a glimpse of them and wonder why I have them. I drop in algae waffers at night.

cocoa_pleco
02-17-2007, 05:25 PM
i kept wondering too.

I couldnt ever see mine in the cave and had to lift the cave to see if he was alright.

He never got sick though

zenryoku
02-18-2007, 08:06 AM
I saw 2 petricola in the fish store that I am in love with, perhaps when my tank cycles I will get them.thumbs2:

bubble_bee
02-19-2007, 07:05 AM
Hey again!!

I'm a little worried about whether they're getting enough to eat, as I rarely see them, and I'm not sure who's eating their wafers. I feed 2 or 3 Hikari sinking-carnivore/catfish tablets (hah, no, that's not the actual name) twice a day, and frozen brine shrimp about 3 times a week. The other fish get either flake, brine shrimp, or occasionally peas.

I've never kept catfish before so I'm curious- are my little guys (both are less than 1") good scavengers? Will they easily find the wafers? I try to feed them in areas where they feel "safe"...

Also, am i feeding them enough? The wafers are quite small..

Thanks!

cocoa_pleco
02-19-2007, 03:48 PM
underfeeding is better than overfeeding.

Little chunks of flake and pellets often get leftover from feeding your main fish, so the catfish will cruise later, mainly after the tank lights are off because they're nocturnal, and will scavenge then.

I was worried about my black shark and eating for a couple of days, then now he eats and goes nose first to the top of the tank and snatches pellets and flakes.

One thing i cant figure out with his pellets, on the can it says "not reccomended for human consumption".
What the hell do they think im gonna do? put milk, bloodworm, and krill with it and make cereal? lol

zenryoku
02-20-2007, 12:02 AM
well you know if they put that on there someone has tried it...

cocoa_pleco
02-20-2007, 01:06 AM
well you know if they put that on there someone has tried it...



probably a zombie or hobo if youre stupid enough to eat it. lol

zenryoku
03-02-2007, 12:49 PM
if i have a weather loach and I want 3-5 petricola...do I even need an algae eater??? I also have a few guppies and they seem to be eating off the decorations also.

What kind of algae do different algae eaters eat, what is the most universal?

TracyUK
04-04-2007, 10:08 PM
3", some people will try to say 6, but that is EXTREMELY rare.


I have two synodontis which are both about 6" plus....unless they aren't synodontis????



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v119/leanne0512/DSCF1228.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v119/leanne0512/DSCF1236.jpg

Are they synodontis? One was born without an eye (bless him)

cocoa_pleco
04-04-2007, 10:13 PM
I think theyre sydontis.

TracyUK
04-04-2007, 10:22 PM
I thought they were too, and I saw two smaller ones (about 4") in a shop which were labeled up as synodontis, so presumed thats what mine were?

cocoa_pleco
04-04-2007, 11:07 PM
yeah. I had a upside-down cat for a bit

TracyUK
04-05-2007, 08:43 PM
So are mine unusual being this size then?

cocoa_pleco
04-05-2007, 09:14 PM
no, ive seen big ones

zenryoku
04-10-2007, 09:01 AM
Synodontis is many fish. I know that the petricola type stay small, under 5 inches or something. Those guys are cute if you find out exactly what they are let me know.

PS I finally got two petricola and they are shy. Getting braver though. I hope that when I get a few more they will come out for more then a few seconds.

TracyUK
04-10-2007, 07:46 PM
Synodontis is many fish. I know that the petricola type stay small, under 5 inches or something. Those guys are cute if you find out exactly what they are let me know.
PS I finally got two petricola and they are shy. Getting braver though. I hope that when I get a few more they will come out for more then a few seconds.


Will do :-) We think they are cute too.