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    I just recently got a shovelnose catfish I knew before I got it that I couldn't feed it regular fish flakes. So, instead I got it some feeder goppies and gost shrimp to start off with they are gone now and I know you can't keep them on a solid diet of live food or they will die. Now I'm attempting to feed it frozen krill. Thats where the problem comes in I have a masive four line catfish and an african frog that eat all the food before he gets a chance. Before he ate regular food but he found out this stuff tastes better so he eats it as soon as it hits the bottom.

    I don't know if this is important or not but my tank is a 45 gallon the shovelnose is 4 in. long and the four line is about 9 in. longe. The african frog is biger than a quater but smaller than a silver dollar and has a huge appitite. Is there any way to get around this problem or maybe a different food.

    I was thinking a diet of gost shimp cause I found nothing that says you can't but I'm a very young teenager and even though I pay for every thing myself I just don't have that kind of money because thay are realy expensive where I live.

    Any ideas will be greatly apriciated.

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    Sinking Carnivore Pellets.



    You ARE aware that you will NEVER be able to house your shovelnose in that small of a tank for long, right?

    I sure hope you have a 2000 gallon tank in the works.

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    same as above,you might want to see if this link helps

    http://www.aquariacentral.com/fishin...shovelnose.htm
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    get him hikari sinking carnivore pellets.

    they get 5ft long, that 45g is way to small for him, youre gonna need at least a 300g as a growout, 1000g fullgrown

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    I got it from elmers it's a lima shovelnose not a tiger I did want one till I discovered they grow to be almost as tall as me. So I got the Lima instead they get to be between 15 and 24 in. and yes there will be a 275gallon for him in the near future it will be six feet long for a 2 foot fish. Thats big enough right?
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    this link will definatley help its about lima, lol i just noticed its from the shop you brought it from lol

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    yeah, I just checked that exact site you guys got me scared for a second and I just wanted to doble check. Those tigers are realy cool I watch u-tube vids of them all the time they are huge.

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    i love the red tailed catfish big!!!!!! but not suited for an aquarium :(
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    Thanks for the help I will definatly try the sinking pelets.

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    yep, a 250g will be good for him

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