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  1. Default Help me pick a catfish

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    Basically I have a 180g (6x2x2) that I am going to stock soon. I do not plan on upgrading from this tank anytime within the next 10 years atleast. The 2 cats I like the most are the Red Tail and the Tiger Shovelnose, and since both would outgrow the tank I can't really go with either of them. So I am looking for suggestions for a substitute. The tank is empty at the moment and I can base the other fish choices around the catfish if someone can point me in the direction of some options that would fit well in my tank without outgrowing it.

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    they have a tiger x redtail which is pretty freakin sweet! I have a bullhead cat which is pretty sweet, most predatory cats get big (the coolest ones at least)

    My favorite of them all is the oxydoras niger (ripsaw catfish)


    tiger shovelnose:

    oxydoras niger (ripsaw catfish):

    Ripsaw's are great but hard to come by, i've been looking and looking and no luck, they're slow growers but do grow large and they don't come cheap.

    I'll do some looking around for some cool somewhat available predator cats, have you tried looking on ?
    "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

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    I think those all get too big unless I got with a black or yellow bullhead

  4. #5

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    Synodontis catfish have always been one of my favorite types, or you could do some of the smaller Tanganykians like P. typus if you don't mind them eating fry. I have 6 of those in a 90 for fry control with several pairs of cutteri.
    A group of a smaller Pimelodus species like the pictus are also good for that size tank.

    ^^^^Please click the eggs/dragons, thanks.

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    I like the pim catfish,syno's, there are some 10 inch and smaller predatory catfish from the cephalosilurus group(south american ,bumble bee,jello cats)and from the talking catfish group(liosomadoras)or jaguar catfish.There are also bagrids from african such as the ornate bagrid(chrysichthys ornatus)and from asia,the asian bumblebee(pseudomystus siamensis)I hope this gives you some ideas.

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    Thanks for all the ideas, I am going to check all of them out I am sure something catch my eye

  7. #8

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    4-line cat (pim blochii) maxes out around 9-10" and has been a fav of mine for years.

  8. #9


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    I have an Electric Catfish which is awesome and stays relatively small at around 12-18 inches in captivity.
    Gar connaisseur

    Predatory Tank:
    20" Tropical Gar, 18" Florida Gar, 20" Longnose Gar,
    17" Ornate Bichir, 25" Silver Arowana, 16" Bowfin, 15" Giant Gourami

    16" Male Dovii

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    i have pictus and they are constantly swimming and great to watch. unlike a lot of cats. they stay small but having a nice group of them would be great in your big tank. they love each other too. chase eachother around playfully all day and night.
    65g planted: 1 black ghost knife, 3 pictus catfish, 1 striped rapheal, 1 golden dojo loach, 1 pleco, and a wack of snails (breeding for puffer food)

    40g hex brackish: 2 green spotted puffers.

    so many fish and so little room for tanks

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