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Mike Alonzo
10-04-2007, 02:56 AM
Ok so me and the girlfriend are trying to get an idea of what type of catfish would do well in a 28 gallon tank? Are there any smaller species that look similar in body shape to that of a redtail catfish? We are mainly looking for a hearty species since we are new to fish, here parents had gold fish but I don't count those as real fish.

Any other tips would be great.

Drumachine09
10-04-2007, 02:57 AM
Im not sure of anything that would resemble a Redtail. Maybe a striped Rapheal Catfish, or good old corydoras?

cocoa_pleco
10-04-2007, 02:57 AM
you can try a bumblebee catfish, i have one in my 20g high. small, and nocturnal, but may prey on smaller fish. i cant think of any catfish that resemble redtails

Nick89
10-04-2007, 03:38 AM
well, you could go with a cool catfish, called the Upside down cat. According to the species information on this site, (although its a picture of a red tailed shark lol) it says it gets up to 6 inches. I know they can be territorial but given enough hiding spots i think you could have other fish in there. Again maybe someone can chime in.

cocoa_pleco
10-04-2007, 03:42 AM
upside down cats are pretty peaceful, i had one that was around 8" for a while. always sat in his cave and kept to himself

Nick89
10-04-2007, 03:44 AM
they are cool though. Ive read that they can be territorial when defending its spot. either way a very cool fish. I reccomend it. (:

cocoa_pleco
10-04-2007, 03:53 AM
i sometimes wonder if mine was an authentic upside down cat. the few times he did come out he swam upright, and he always let the black ghost knife sit with him

Nick89
10-04-2007, 04:02 AM
well they really swim both on their back and normally. Ive watched them at my LFS and its usually when they go to the top they go back down normally then when they go anywhere else towards the top they swim upside down.

Mike Alonzo
10-04-2007, 06:37 AM
Hmmm..... upside downers it is......

TowBoater
10-04-2007, 11:26 AM
Lol good choice. Considered corys? They are always up to something and what is your filtration and water change schedule?

CAF
10-04-2007, 06:06 PM
S. petricola

I really like the way they look. In regards to anything looking like red tails, unfortunately everything with that body type gets huge.

Nick89
10-05-2007, 02:41 AM
The upside down cats are really unique catfish. they dont get overly big and they are neat to watch.

TowBoater
10-05-2007, 02:42 AM
Yes, but they do hide alot.

Nick89
10-05-2007, 03:02 AM
Most catfish ive seen other than the pictus arent really active. i could be wrong but from what ive seen most just chill in a cave or swim at the bottom slowly.