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  1. First, 48gallons, yes really. Weird size around here, but I found it used. (EDIT: I am not so smart: Do not trust a craislist seller's measurments--it is a 40 breeder) It is going to take me a week or two to get it set up and cycled. Plan is black sand and gravel substrate, rocks/caves, Valisneria, Tiger lotus, epiphytes like java fern and anubias, all secured to/by rocks. IMPORTANT POINT: this is a low wide tank, footprint is 36X18 inches, 17" deep (nope, 16"). It is actually bigger than the standard foot print of 55g: 48x13. I am set on at least one electric blue acara (EBA), which is the purpose of this tank. Stocking options are as follows: 1. 1 EBA + 1 feather fin squeaker (Synodontis Eupterus) 2. Breeding pair of EBA + 1 feather fin squeaker (Synodontis Eupterus) 3. Breeding pair of EBA My understaning is that the EBA will be about 6" when grown, and the Synodontis will be 8-10", so I am concerned that any amount of Synodontis might be too big in this tank. I don't WANT a pleco, but I realize that is a better option. Looking for opinions on these options from people who have kept both fish, or other very similar species. Thanks!
  2. I got these upside down catfish from my lfs a little more then a week ago. They havent eaten once. The guy at the LFS said they will anything. But mine wont even come out for feeding, I have tried feeding them at night, and they still wont even take a nibble. I have tried frozen blood worms both at night and during the day, but they dont even awknowlodge that there is any food in the tank. Any tips to get these guys to eat?
  3. Well, I went to the fish store and bought a fish I had only heard of but never really thought of keeping it! I went to the fish store to get corydoras and came out with upsidedown catfish. They annoy my angelfish a bit, but hopefully this will change overtime. These guys are super fat, and eat EVERYTHING! Does anyone have any experiance owning the upsidedown catfish? I don't usaully impulse buy, but... the guy at my fish store seemed very knowledgeable and I know their policy is "fish first". So far I have loved seeing these guys swim, and scare me because I think their dead.
  4. I bought a coconut hut because I thought my Synodontis multipunctatus (cuckoo catfish) would like it but I feel like the opening is too small for him. Do you think I could take a dremel and make the opening larger without damaging the whole thing?
  5. Today, I would like to share the tale of Dudikins and the 75 gallon aquarium. Dudikins is one of two Julies I bought about 2 months ago. My hope was that I would find a happy pair that would mate up. Sadly this would not be the case. While clearly a female, the second Julie was simply not Dudikins cup of tea, and after a few days of harassment, I decided it best to move the female out of the 75 and let her, Jules, live peacefully in a 20 gallon i have in my home office. I thought all would be right in my fishes world. I was wrong. At first I noticed that Dudikins would harass the the bigger male of my rainbow shoal, (2 males, 2 females currently). It didn't seem overly aggressive, just a bit if chasing once in a while. This seemed to be the norm and so his aggression kinda never crossed my mind again. It should have though. At least two signs were there had I known what I was looking at. Dudikins pretty much had his way around the tank, and the rainbow squad hung out mostly to the lower right side of the tank, unless I was near. This was one sign I think I was missing. The second sign, a little less obvious, was my Synodontis in constant hiding. I know cats tend to be a bit more shy and reclusive and our syno, Seneca, was rarely to be seen. About two weeks ago, my wife pointed out Seneca, who had emerged from its hiding area, and almost immediately after, as you might have guessed, Dudikins flew into action, bullying Seneca relentlessly. Going so far as to actively look for the syno. This drove Seneca back into hiding. Today, the last straw was reached. While doing my morning feeding, I noticed the big male of the rainbow squad had a damaged pectoral fin on his right side. Dudikins further seemed to know of the damage he caused, as he kept trying to get up to that side of the rainbow and get after the fin some more. So after the distraction of feeding was through, I pulled all of the caves and rocks out of the tank and set about catching Dudikins. He now resides in then 20, and I have moved the female into the 75. What I find amazing is just how much different the tank is now. Every fish is far more active. The rainbows are everywhere in the tank now, not just huddled in their corner. The syno as well has come out and can be seen moving from cave to cave to bridge and back. Even the oto's, whom seemed to be to small to be a worry of Dudikins seem far happier and far more active. The difference is absolutely amazing. If you find you have a bully. Even if that fish seems to only bully one fish, fornthe sake of the whole tank, removing the bully, not the victim, is the wisest course. They can create an atmosphere of fear without bothering all of the other fish.
  6. 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!
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