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  1. #1

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    Are Electric Catfish aggressive? I'd most like to know about the small species when kept with fish about the same size.

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    I tried that once, many years ago. Found a pinky finger size baby electric catfish at a dept store pet department, labelled as a common pleco. Put the wee zapper into my 55 gallon African cichid community of Haps and electric yellow mbuna, thinking it was small, and would grow out with the larger fish already there, and wouldn't be a problem. Next morning, 2 cichlids were dead, one was dying, and a 4th was damaged somehow. It wasted away gradually over the next few weeks. I moved the little zapper to a 20L of its own.

    Eventually, I got tired of maintaining the tank for a single fish, and passed it along to a friend with a 125 that housed several adult Oscars and a black pacu the size of a dinner plate. The large fish were accustomed to occasional feedings of live goldfish, and the dominant Oscar went after the little catfish as soon as it entered the tank. He got close, then suddeny turned back. Tried a second time, same result, then the next Oscar in the pecking order took one run at the "feeder". The huge black pacu was afraid of the little catfish from the start, and like the 3rd Oscar, never went after it. A few days later I stopped by to see how they were geting along. Wherever the little catfish swam around the tank, the other, 20-30x larger fish were as far away as they could get.

    Moral of the story, they're NOT suiatable for a community tank. Best kept alone, or with other electric catfish.


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    Sorry about the Cichlids, thank you for the help. If I am going to keep an Electric Catfish in the 55 gallon with Cichlids, the Cichlids wil all die. Great. Thanks for saving my Cichlids.

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