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AndyClaire
07-20-2007, 11:31 PM
Have the option of either of the above catfish but not sure which would be the most rewarding to keep. Both are around 20" at the moment.

Any advice?

RobbieG
07-20-2007, 11:39 PM
What size tank do you have - the redtail will probably never stop growing.

Seriously it will easily get to 4 feet.

Rue
07-21-2007, 12:12 AM
Yeah...so unless you want to set up an 8-10' wide tank, you might want to stick with something a tad smaller...

Drumachine09
07-21-2007, 12:19 AM
Also, what is your filtration like?

RobbieG
07-21-2007, 02:11 AM
Your best bet with either of those fish would be a heated outdoor pond. The tiger will probably get to be 30" long and they are best kept in pairs. The redtail will get to be 4 feet long.

The tigers are supposed to be pretty amazing when kept in pairs in a large enough pond.

AndyClaire
07-21-2007, 09:54 AM
ok guys thanks for the advice, think I'll give them a miss until can build a pond then!!

YaYgoldFish
07-21-2007, 03:00 PM
I saw a fully grown tiger at my lfs..they had him cramped in something like 25g. He couldn't even move, everytime i go his is the same diagnole position! In the next tank they have a 5 inch tiger that i almost bought, but now that i see what happens: no way, ever!

TowBoater
07-21-2007, 05:15 PM
They have a 7" redtail cat at my LFS and a tiger shovel nose of about 4 inches. They also had an arowana and they tried to tell me they would be fine in my 55g!! Don't believe what you LFS says about some of these fish.

Fishguy2727
07-21-2007, 10:29 PM
Arowanas are fine in 55s...for the two month quarantine while you double check the parameters are right in your indoor pool.

Full grown tiger shovelnose are about three feet, I don't think it was really full grown if it was in a 25.

RobbieG
07-21-2007, 11:38 PM
One of the stores near me has foot long blue/silver arrowanas they are gorgeous - I really really really need an indoor pond!

TowBoater
07-22-2007, 12:20 AM
Arowanas are fine in 55's?

Fishguy2727
07-22-2007, 12:52 AM
...for quarantine while you get your indoor pond finished up.

RobbieG
07-22-2007, 12:55 AM
I live on the third floor so it will be a while till mine gets finished - I'm working on it though

AndyClaire
07-22-2007, 06:37 PM
Have been out and about today looking at pond. Thinking of doing the easy option and getting a preformed pond liner. Can get one about 3.6m x 2.4m x 0.75 meters, about 750. Didn't think this was too bad, any comments on size?

AndyClaire
07-22-2007, 06:38 PM
:0 !!!!!!!!!!

RobbieG
07-22-2007, 06:43 PM
Not bad at all - you may want to go for a full meter deep - that way there you can definitely have 3/4 of a meter of usable depth but the fish you are looking at would probably be pretty happy with the length and width.

They would probably be pretty happy with the depth also - but its easier to add a little bit JIC now than it would be down the road