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Is my Synodontis Cat or my Pelco eating my Neons???

Discussion in 'Catfish' started by Ghpr1957, Dec 10, 2011.

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    I had 12 Neons in my 29gal tank, along with some Guppies, 3 Silver Dollars, 2 platies, a 3" Pelco, and a 3" Synodontis Cat, not counting it's whiskers, (I believe it's a Synodontis...my wife got it at Walmart as a present...It's sleek/long...Silver with black "Cheetah" spots, and two very, very, long, white whiskers.) Anyway, lately I noticed that a few of my Neons are missing...Now I had these Neons since June, and the Pelco and Cat since about August. Today I was looking and I'm missing 6 Neons...No dead fish anywhere...everyone is healthy and swimming around. Even have a few Guppies babies that must had drop from a Mom.

    My Cat stays inside a log decoration during the day, only comes out at night mostly. When he is out, he does what a Cat normally does...working his way through the gravel and swimming up & down the sides of my aquarium. My Pelco, just does his Pelco stuff. Never seen either one of those two chasing other fish.

    The only other fish I was wondering about was my Silver Dollars, but again, never seen them chasing or nipping at any of the other fish. Not even the Guppies flowing tails.

    Oh, I do have a pair of Mollies too.

    My Neons are pretty good size for a common Neon, still smaller then a mature Cardinal Neon.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Ghpr1957:)

    Oh, yeah, about a month ago I had a small 2" Chinese Algae Eater disappear...No body ever found!
     
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    Your syn is probably the culprit..
     
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    The Synodontis is the culprit.
     
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    Thank you both. I found out after some research that my catfish is not a Synodontis, but a Pimelodus Pictus, which is known for eating Neons and other small fish at night.
    So now I guess I'll have to find him a new home.

    Ghpr1957
     
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    Bingo pictus cats r little sly devils thats forshure, my hi-fin syno wouldnt touch a neon.
     
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    Yeah, I'm kind of bummed out about it because he's really a cool looking Catfish and very lively when he comes out of his log...but I want a peaceful community tank, so I guess I'll have to find him another home. If I had room for another aquarium, I would go that route. Unfortunately, I just don't have the room right now for another good size tank.

    Ghpr1957
     
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    Get corys, the most peaceful catfish. followed by my larger favorite whiptail pleco.
     
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    Yes, that what I'll get..I wanted to get 2 or 3 Corys anyway, but didn't want to overstock the tank...With the Pictus gone, I should be OK.

    Ghpr1957
     
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    Yeah, I have a problem with 2 syno's in my tank that my husband refused to let go..... the smaller fish in there have all met their demise except for a full school of rummies and a few scattered cherry barbs....

    I agree on the cories and the whiptail.
     
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    i got a syno, it looks kinda like a placo does, but has longer barbels, 3 sets to be exact, 1 set is "feathered",

    my syno doesent eat any of my small fish, (hes triple their size, and could easly fit them in his mouth)

    i had 3 pictus's at one point, they ate all my zebra dainos in one night (5), they didnt seem big enough to eat them (was housing them for my sister, she had tank problims)
     

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