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  1. Hey guys! New member here but long time viewer and supporter of Aquarium co op. I come to you guys with something I’m kind of freaking out about the past few days. I noticed my albino hoplo catfish had something white and worm looking hanging out of its anus about 3/4 of an inch long. I noticed it 3 days ago and it’s still there looking exactly the same. Photos are a bit blurry since it was so close up but it’s there. Can anyone tell me exactly what I’m dealing with here? Tapeworm partially hanging out? Something else? He’s acting normal and eating fine but yet that’s been sticking out for days.. any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
  2. My Panda and Venezuelan Cories are absolute lunatics that spend %75 of the day ZOOMING around the tank 🐠💨 These two have decided airstones = bubble baths 😂 I didn’t expect Corydoras to be such active and entertaining catfish, they certainly haven’t been hiding in the bottom of my tank that’s for sure 🥰
  3. Not the best pics I know but this cat is hard to get pics of. I just got him moved over to the 55 gallon. When I bought this cat the guy at the LFS said he would get around 8 inches long, any help on the ID of this cat would be awesome
  4. So I'm shopping around for catfish options for my 55 gallon tank. It will house platies and pearl (or moonlight) gouramis, primarily. Possibly keyhole cichlids. I want a catfish species that's a bit off the beaten track and with some interesting personality. I think my corydoras elegans are super adorable but I'm ready to try something else! I've heard striped and/or spotted raphaels are really reclusive, but they look really neat (and might eat some Platy fry, I'm aware). Upside-Down cats are really adorable to me. If I get a shoal of them, am I likely to see them out often? Can't wait to hear your favorites!
  5. Hi all.Looking for some advice from anyone with experience keeping Black Antenna Whiptail Catfish. I've posted on some other fish forums with no luck (save for the kind person who recommended I post here) so, hoping someone on here can assist me. I apologize in advance for the length of my post below. I don’t know what all may be of importance in helping me with my fish situation, so I want to give you as much of the story as I can.I’ve been fish keeping since 2008. I’ve kept a small variety of different kinds of fish over the years (mainly tropical) but I have never experienced a situation like this one before and it has me worried about my new fish. I’m genuinely concerned she is going to pass away if I don’t help her, but how to help her is where I’m stuck.So, I discovered whiptail catfish a few years ago and fell in love with them, with Red Lizard Whiptail Catfish being my favorite due to their color, attitude, and smaller size. However, in my research of the other various types of whiptail catfish out there I had come across pictures of the Black Antenna Whiptail Catfish. There isn’t much information on these guys though. Anything I have been able to find I have read multiple times. Ultimately, I determined I would never get my hands on them because they are kind of rare, until my LFS got 2 in recently.I purchased about 3 weeks ago a juvenile male and an adult female Black Antenna Whiptail Catfish when I saw that my LFS miraculously got them in. The plan was for them to go into my 43 gallon – just them and some baby Corydoras who are growing out. In the meantime, I put them in my already established 20L quarantine tank to start their 4 to 6 week hold. I normally keep the QT pretty bare bones, but I did add a large air stone bar (supposedly high oxygen lovers), turned the filter flow as high as it will go (they apparently like a bit of current), and I cranked the heater up a touch to 79, almost 80 F (research says they like warmer water). Because my other whiptails always seemed to appreciate it while in QT, I also added some aquarium driftwood with some nice biofilm on it to the tank as well as 2 bunches of live plants. I even threw in some spare pieces of slate stones, left over from my other tanks. Basically, I scaped my QT for them, trying to meet their every need and comfort based on my research of what little information there is to be had.And yet, unhappy fish!!! So unhappy.They clung to the glass, unmoving for days, refusing food. Per my research this means they are stressed and unsettled. I tried to tell myself they will come around as the same research told me they are slow to settle. Finally, after a week, the male did start to move a bit, though he still wouldn’t eat. He unfortunately passed away a few days ago. When I pulled him out he looked like he had a cut on his neck. I don’t think she could have done this to him, so I can only assume he may have injured himself on a sharp piece of the driftwood. I’m devastated at losing him though. I have since replaced the driftwood with driftwood I actually took a Dremel to and made sure there were absolutely no sharp points anywhere. The female still refused to move through all this from her spot on the front of the glass.So, day after the male passed, I decided to add some more bundles of plants to her tank thinking maybe she wanted/needed more cover. I had just gotten a large shipment in so I had plenty to spare. I very slowly started to drop weighted bundles into the tank, trying to not disturb her. Didn’t matter. The addition of these plants GREATLY angered her. This completely still fish who refused to leave this one section of glass suddenly came to life, darting all over the tank, up and down, left and right. Ya’ll, this was an ANGRY fish! Then…she found the ONE spot near the filter I didn’t have covered. Apparently, these fish can jump?! Jumped clean out of the tank and of course BEHIND the solid tank stand, though fortunately onto some plush carpet. I don’t know how I managed it, adrenaline in guess, but I pulled that stand back so fast, grabbed her, and got her back in relatively quickly. She started her laps again and tried to jump out AGAIN, but I stopped her with a box while I then custom cut a piece of plastic and taped it down good. Unable to jump out again, she finally settled back on her favorite spot of glass. I don’t think she sustained any injuries from the fall – she’s still acting the same. You know, completely unmoving and all…Now we are at about 3 weeks of not eating and barely moving from "the spot" (except for the heart attack inducing tank escape). She still looks to be in good body condition – plump – but I’m worried that the longer she doesn’t eat, the more likely she never will and then she’ll eventually die of starvation. I will note that since I’ve had her, while not eating, she was pooping quite a bit that first week to week and half, though because of not eating since I've had her she’s doesn’t have much left in her now.As far as food options, there are biofilm and some algae in the tank. I have tried shrimp pellets, frozen blood worms, like ALL the different varieties of Bug Bites (I feel like I can open a shop), frozen peas thawed and shelled, and spirulina in paste form, flake form and wafer form. My Red Lizards love ALL of these. Black Antenna? No so much. I’ve had to siphon everything out – they just never even moved to even try any of it.So, if you’ve stayed with me through my tale of woe, you can tell I’m at a loss now.Is there another food I should try?Should I re-scape the quarantine tank differently?Should I switch her from treated tap water to RO water?Should I move her to the 43 gallon already (honestly, scaped very similarly to the QT) and nix the rest of quarantine?To recap the quarantine tank she is in now:*20 gallon long – fully cycled.*Full spectrum aquarium light, sunlight and sunset mode enabled, set to only get up to 20% right now (it’s surprisingly a bright light)*20 gallon rated HOB filter.*Tank length air stone bars, full blast.*Heater set to 79/80 F.*Real driftwood (manzanita) with biofilm*Live plants*Slate, 3 pieces*Water is from tap, treated with Seachem Prime and Seachem Stress Guard*Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite: 0*pH: 6.5*GH: 30*50% water change weekly.*No other fish but her.Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. I really want her to pull through and thrive.Thank you!~Megs
  6. So I recently rescued one of these rock catfish from another hobbyist that was overwhelmed with their semi aggressive tank. I am not sure what this thing likes to eat.... Please help!
  7. Was at a local petstore and spotted this fish and can't seem to find anything online does anyone know what it is?
  8. Pet supermarket (smaller chain store out here) had this guy in a 10 gallon tank. My 60 gallon only has 12 odessa barbs at the moment so I sat there googling him for 10 mins then decided to bring him home. Been researching more at home and I’m not sure if he was correctly labeled. His around 6” long 🙃 Is he a bumblebee? Is he ok with my odessas?? (This is my first over 20 gallon tank) Sorry that the photos aren’t ideal he’s been hiding I had to bother him to even get identifying pics 😭
  9. What recommendations people have for 60gallon only planted Catfish tank
  10. Happy New Years everyone! Frogs, Inverts, and Snails African Dwarf Frog Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Assassin Snails Nerite Snails (Red Spot and Zebra) Mystery Snail (Gold) Bettas Halfmoon Dumbo Ear Nemo Koi Plakat Super Red Cichlids Pelvicachromis Silviae "Affin Subocellatus" F1 Apistogramma Agassizii "Fire Red" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Gold Dwarf Cichlid Bolivian Ram German Blue Ram Assorted Small Discus (Red Turquoise, Pigeon and Tiger Turquoise) Corydoras Adolfi Cory Skunk Cory Corydoras Hastatus Orange Laser Cory Leopard Cory Salt and Pepper Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory Plecos L177 Gold Nugget L128 Blue Phantom LDA33 Snowball Common Colombian Otocinclus Bumble Bee Otocinclus Other Catfish Lima Shovelnose (Pretty cool catfish gets 19-20" in size and not too aggressive) Loaches Dwarf Chain Loach Kuhli Loach Laos Mini Dragon Loach (Sweet looking mini river species) Zebra Loach Tetras Black Phantom Tetra Serpae Tetra Longfin Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy Nose Tetra (Tank Raised) Silver Tip Tetra Platinum Hatchet (Wild Colombia) Red Arc Pencilfish (Wild Peru) Rasboras Chili Rasbora Exclamation Point Rasbora Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Glowlight Danio Mustache Danio (Danio Dangila, Wild, Big Whiskers On These) Yellow White Cloud (New Species, Tanichthys Kuehnei) Other Cyprinids Roseline Shark Siamese Algae Eater (Tank Raised) Gouramis and other Anabantiformes Sunset Honey Gourami Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami Females Sparkling Gourami Black Tiger Dario (Wild) Livebearers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Blue Variegated, Green Lace, Red Snakeskin, Cobra Red, Flamingo, and Leopard Tuxedo) Calico Lyretail Mollies Red Leopard Sailfin Mollies (Nice Looking) Golden Leopard Platy Rainbows Yellow Rainbow Thread Fin Rainbow Furcatus Rainbow Oddballs Black Ghost Knife (Tank Raised) Mud Fish (Phractolaemus Ansorgii) Pea Puffer Amazon Puffer Fish in pictures top to bottom: Laos Min Dragon Loach, Yellow White Clouds, Lima Shovelnose, Red Turquoise Discus, Red Leopard Sailfin Mollies, Plakat Super Red, Leopard Platies, Red Arc Pencil Fish.
  11. Hi Guys! I consider myself a newbie. I was given this catfish for my 55g and I do not know anything about it. The guy told me it will do well being the only one. He said it was a albino catfish. Can’t seem to find one that looks the same on the web.
  12. Hi all I can't seem to find any info on ninja woodcats inline regarding their care. Has anyone had any expeireince with them? And also where do you purchase them. I haven't been able to find any for sale online.
  13. He are some of my favourite ninja wood cat and queen arabesque and green phantom plec
  14. Hi. The one gowth started a week ago and now I see a second one. The water parameters are all normal. Started a white ick treatment because I noted two or three white spots on his tail. Please help identify this growth on mouth? Is it white ick?
  15. Hello, i have a 9.5 litre tank and i currently have 2 guppies. i was going to purchase a Cory catfish to add to them to help with the tank upkeep. what do you suggest please? In my research i found that the minimum tank size for these should be 10 gallons (38 litres). is this true and does it apply for young cory too? Also what do you suggest simillar to a catfish which remains small and which will help in the upkeep? thanks
  16. Hello everyone, I found this really cool article on mimicry between different Corydoras species and other catfish: - https://cefishessentials.com/blog/corydoras-catfish-pigment-patterns-behaviour-crypsis-and-habitats/ - https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/features/the-littlest-hobos/ I found it pretty cool how many different species of catfish (certain species within the genera Corydoras, Brachyrhamdia, Otocinclus, and various tetra genera) sometimes mimic each other and school together for protection. Corydoras duplicareous and Brachyrhamdia rambarriani. "Skunk" Brachyrhamdia spec. Corydoras paleatus and Otocinclus flexilis. This article had me craving for an all Corydoras + mimics biotope for my next project (in the future. Of course, I have to ask my parents for a new tank once I have more space). I was wondering if anybody keeps/has kept any Brachyrhamdia, Otocinclus, or tetra species that interact/mimic with Corydoras species. How availible are they, how much did they cost, and where did you get them? Thanks.
  17. Recently picked up a 55gallon tank setup very cheap. I already have several community tanks and would like to house one predator in this setup. I adore red tailed cats but I would need a pond for those as they get huge. Currently I’m looking at a harlequin lancer cat or a vulture cat, though the latter may be a bit big as well. Open to other things besides catfish if anyone has any suggestions!
  18. Hi all😆 Looking for some thoughts on a bottom dweller heavy tank I’m planning. I’m not sure on the size of tank I should be getting or if any of the fish would be a bad idea and would love to hear some opinions. I know it will likely have to be on the larger side (maybe a 5 foot long at least?) . It will be heavily planted with a lot of surface area in terms of hardscape to give the fish more territory. For stocking I was thinking: Bottom Dwellers: 2 - 3 x Reticulated Hillstream Loach 7 x Kuhli Loach 5 x Black Kuhli Loach 2 x Bristlenose Pleco 9 x Pygmy Corydoras 3 x Otocinclus 2 x Tiger Otocinclus 1 x Pakistani Loach (Temporary, probably will re-home when he gets larger as I like smaller fish) Other: 7 x Leopard Danio 7 x Zebra Danio 9 - 15 x Galaxy Rasboras Some Fancy Guppies (about 12) 11 x Brown pencilfish 1 x Dwarf Neon Blue Gourami (he seems pretty docile for now) Cherry Shrimp Snails I was also hoping to do at least 1 pair of Apistogramma Cacatuoides. As well as perhaps another pair, of Borelli, Panduro or Agassizii. Thoughts on this? Is it okay to have multiple varieties of Apistogramma in the one tank if it’s large enough? Would Petricola Catfish eat the nano fish or shrimp? If not, I was hoping to get at least 3 of those as well. I appreciate you taking the time to read this post and thanks in advance for any help! This will be my first larger tank and I want to get it right. If this just straight up will not work can I house the same species over 2 x 3 foot aquariums? and if so any recommendations on how should I split it? Have a great day/night & stay safe!😄 Image credit: Aquarium Co-op
  19. Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has kept bumblebee catfish before, I'm getting the smaller ones that stay below 3 inches and was hoping someone would help me with how I can care for them, and also what tankmates would be suitable. Thank you in Anticipation 🙂
  20. The guy that gave me this said it was an Upside Down Catfish but I haven’t seen any pictures that look like this, nor have I ever seen it swim upside down! Anyone know what it is for sure? Bonus points for telling me if it’s male or female. (I think F). Thanks!
  21. Hello, I have a pitcus catfish. I’ve had it maybe two weeks now, in the last week I’ve been treating ich with ICH X. It’s whiskers have gotten shorter. I know this isn’t a good sign right? What should I do! Will it be ok!!? 😩😩 it’s still having pretty normal behavior thanks 😊
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