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will any medium sized catfish work?

Discussion in 'Catfish' started by allaboutfish, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. allaboutfish

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    so i have a 55 gallon tank with
    cherry barbs
    gold rams
    angelfish
    and green bristlenose plecos
    im wondering if i could add like 3 pictus cats or 3 syno petricola to the mix without anybody gettin eatin or if you have another suggestion that could work.
     
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    I def wouldn't do the pictus, they seem to robust for rams and would make a snack of yours barbs as they get bigger. I personally love syno petricola, only thing to consider is that they are schooling fish and do better in groups of 5 or 6 over 3 I would say, though synos like harder water then rams, who prefer soft water.

    Cories would work well, along with loaches like kuhli maybe? I am a little biased, but I absolutely love these guys! :D
     
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    i really like the medium sized catfish, i just love how they look. i dont think i could fit 6 sinos with my stock. darn :(
     
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    oh and im pretty sure i have hard water thats why i got the gold instead of blue ram.
     
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    i think im going to do some honeycomb cats or bumblebee cats. im going to do some research on them tomorrow.
     
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    gold rams are the same species as blue rams AAF...M. ramirezi
     
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    I totally agree on that! I love my synos looks, hence why I decided to order fish from online for the first time. They are only 3/4"-1" long, but already have gorgeous coloring and are so awesome looking, even my Daddy who doens't care about fish (except for pictus, oscars, and other "monster fish") likes how they look.

    I did a lot of searching on kitty fish, and here are some that I thought *MIGHT* work, def research more prob, using aqadvisor is a good start imo :)

    ~Porthole Catfish (Dianema longibarbis) (not as striking as the synos, but still cute imo) get to be 4" long, peaceful
    http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=830+1163+2815&pcatid=2815
    ~Honeycomb catfish/oil fish (these guys are CUTE!) only get to be 3"
    http://www.azgardens.com/p-1083-catfish-honeycomb-catfish-oilfish.aspx
    ~Dwarf bumblee bee brazilian 2.8"-4.3" http://www.azgardens.com/p-1201-catfish-dwarf-bumble-bee-brazilian-catfish.aspx
    ~Golden red tail catfish http://www.azgardens.com/p-1153-catfish-golden-red-tail.aspx (not sure, but worth a look)
    ~Hoplo cat http://www.azgardens.com/p-1256-catfish-hoplo-hoplo-cat.aspx
    ~Saddleback loach (never heard of these guys in my life, but their cool) http://www.azgardens.com/p-1993-saddleback-loach.aspx
    ~Banjo catfish http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Catfish,%20Banjo.htm

    I;d check out the misc catfish pages on this site as well http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Catfish, Miscellaneous.htm
     
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    i realize theyre the same species but ive heard gold rams are heardier bc theyre rarer and not breed as much.
     
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    oh and thanks for the suggestions!!! i think ill be doing honeycombs.
     
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    Of course, I'm always happy to look up catfish rather then do bio homework...hehe :) It was lots of fun, I think I might get the honey combs as well someday, similar coloration to synos, and they are super cute!

    Def post pics after you get them!! :D
     
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    Just looking at the pic of the honeycombs again, I love their huge bug eyes!! I would go with them for sure if they work for your tank! :D
     

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