Good catfish for 55 gallon??

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Good catfish for 55 gallon??

Postby Jon on Fri Nov 02, 2001 9:24 pm

i have two oscars...i know i know they will be crowded...but i want to add a catfish on the bottom so it will eat all teh food the oscars spew out their gillls...

what are good armored catfish??
i had a pictus catfish that i liked but it died....
so i dont know?what is good?experts?
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Postby dethmunkee on Sat Nov 03, 2001 2:48 am

welp, it depends if you want a nocturnal cat or a day catfish. usually, all the catfish that would fit a 55 gallon would be nocturnal. and beccause of your ocscars, the catfish wont be doing much in the day time. so it'll either seem lazy or you wont be able to see them at all.
for a 55 gal with 2 oscars, a pleco will do.
but if you want a change in catfish, a talking cat (ralphel catfish) is an odd-ball. you need lots of hinding places for this catfish and you'd never see it again, unless you sit at about 3 in the morning with a dim flashlight waiting for it to come out. i had one of these and they hated the light. they would only come out during the night, so dont expect excitment.
the catfish from the Pimelodid family (your pictus and 3 lined cat) are also nocturnal. your oscars will also make this fish extremely boring by forcing it down to the ground. i had 2 of these too with one oscar in a 55 gallon. when the oscar reached 7" it made the catfish scared, regardless of the time of day. one time i had to move the ocsar out for a while and the pictus seemed so happy. they swam so gracefully around the middle. but when the O came back ,back to the ground. so the only catfish i would recommed would be a pleco. i cant think of a loach to put in your tank..so a pleco is probably the best bet to go with.
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Postby Damo on Sat Nov 03, 2001 10:11 am

I have 2 clown loaches with my O's and they are out quite frequently, I started off with just 1 but would never see him but after I added the 2nd they are out alot and man, do they clean up
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Postby oscar andy on Sat Nov 03, 2001 11:11 am

Are the three line cat fish realy nocturnal?
I have one thats out all day long eating all the food that the oscars don't. The oscars don't seem to bother him to much, even though he's alot smaller than him.
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Postby Adam on Sat Nov 03, 2001 4:24 pm

Almost all catfish are concidered nocturnal, however very few of us that are oscar people really focus on our cats, or give them the optimum habitat. A cat that is mostly active at night will become active during the day when that grumble in his tummy gets loud enough, and see how most of us dont actually feed our cats seperately at night, the only time they have food available is during the day, so they adapt and eat when food is available. If you come in later at night you will probably see the cat swimming much more actively around the tank. That is the way it is with my cats.

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Postby dethmunkee on Sat Nov 03, 2001 9:08 pm

yah same here, the cats come out at night to eat. they swim like sharks! you;re lucky oscar andy, hopefully they stay like that till the end. whats the size of your O and catfish?
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Postby oscar andy on Mon Nov 05, 2001 8:05 pm

It's not small enough to get eaten. the cat is about 5-6" the oscars are about 7-8". But thats just the lenght the oscars are wide but the cat is narow. I'm just suprized they don't pick on him. sumtimes they chase him of there nest but never touch him.
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