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  1. #11

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    There was a guy in England who built a 2000g pond in his living room for his red tailed catfish....gorgeous fish BTW. Sad to say that the fish was outgrowing the pond...but the owner adored him and said a new bigger pond was in the works!!

    And Mike - don't assume that once your catfish gets too big for you to care for that public aquariums will take the fish. They get offered tank busting fish like that all the time and rarely take any.
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    This looks just like my BP -->

  2. #12

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    I think a "large" catfish you could own is in a maybe 75 gallon tank. A 28 gallon tank is nice for an upside down catfish like mentioned before. There is another option(s) you could either go with, with the silvertip( i think its called but i think its a shark) reaches 12 inches, or the pictus catfish (which need more than 2-3 to have a school, and they are very very active.) When they get older and reach mature size of 8 inches the pictus cat can be kept alone, actually they have to be kept alone, they're very teritorial. (a reminder, these particular fish need more than a 28 gallon tank, so a 75 would be ideal) Red tail catfish are just not a reasonable fish to keep. You could probably buy a car or truck with all the money you're going to have to put into a tank that large. So, saving money for a nice tank that can accomodate one of the previous fish i have mentioned before, you'll be happier in the long run, Just my opinion. Also, Ive heard the red tail cats can reach 6 -7ft within a matter of 2-3 years. So i would stay away from the red tail catfish. And to answer your question minimum tank size, i wouldnt even buy a tank or make a tank, id make a pond for it, a very LARGE pond.
    Last edited by AquaKid329; 10-05-2007 at 10:23 PM.

  3. #13

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    once i saw one in a resturant pond. it was 5ft long and lived in 20000gal indoors. i thought it was great as an attraction. half the people who came just ordered something to see the red tailed monster of a fish.

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    I would love to have one too, if they could somehow breed them for dwarf red tails everyone would want one.
    55g: 1 Severum, 1 Raphael Catfish, 1 Syno Catfish

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  5. #15

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    0 Not allowed!
    they really are lovely looking fish but after seeing them at the london aqaurium recently i am totally against them being for sale in fish stores. there must only be a handful of people out there with room to house them yet they sell like hot cakes... tut tut.
    Cichlids are soooooooo confusing.......

    My tanks:
    40 g tropical African themed tank
    2 reed fish (mathias & luna-c), pair of kribs(rob&becky), 8 congo tetras, 2 butterflys, 1 syno (dave)

    10 g coldwater
    'Bonzer' the goldfish

  6. #16

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    It is unfortunate that they sell them in most pet stores. That was kind of how I got into large catfish......adn learned to do my research before buying new fish.

    In my ignorance I listened to the guy at the pet LFS before doing my research. He assured me that the Tiger Shovelnose I was buying would only grow to 12" and wouldn't bother any other fish. In my ignorance, I figured he would be fine in my 50G

    The first month the little guy (I got him at about 2") was in my tank, he ate his way through every fish in the tank (about 25 tetras, guppies, shrimp, dwarf frogs, etc.) and grew about another 2".

    So, flash forward 2 and a half years and he is now in a 250G and about 28" long. Luckily, and I mean kuckily, I have found someone with a 1500G who can take him in.

    I think this is how many people get into the big fish game. By being ignorant and assuming the LFS is not going to try to swindle you. Hopefully someone reads this before they go to Big Al's or Wal Mart or any LFS and thinks about buying that cute little guy with the whiskars.


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    You might want to check the date on older threads before replying. This one is over 6 years old
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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