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What Is Your Favorite Catfish?
July 26, 2008
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My botia thread turned into a discussion about C.davisandi, the cute Sand Corydoras that is beige with black stripe down the back and through the eye. An odd debate ensued as to whether or not this innocent looking cory has a Dark Side /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" /> which I found quite interesting. I LOVE catfish. Like ta eat em, like ta keep em!

My favorite is Synodontis eupterus- The Feather Finned Squeeker /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />
Followed closely by Pseudomystus siamensis- The Siamese Bumblebee /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

S.eupterus is very pretty when little..marbled colors and long whiskers, is an easy keeper, and grows into a very impressive fish with long extended rays on the dorsal fin. I havent heard mine squeak, but he is very tame and eats out of my fingers and has been very good in the Rainbow community, even though he shares the caves with several botia and P.siamensis

P.siamensis came to me from the infamous Walmart, whose worker tried to talk me out of buying it because it hid all the time. They thought it was a bumble bee goby /ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" /> and even though I told him it was worth more than the $2.00 they were asking, they wouldnt listen! so I got a really cool catfish. He is nocturnal, but he comes out if half the tank lights are off and I put in something he likes to eat. Their color is like peanut butter and fudge stripes, they have long whiskers, become tame, stop growing at 6'' and are very easy keepers.

Only drawbacks on both: cant keep anything the size of a swordtail on down or they get eaten in the night /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

July 26, 2008
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QUOTE (Reva @ Jul 26 2008, 07:12 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
My botia thread turned into a discussion about C.davisandi, the cute Sand Corydoras that is beige with black stripe down the back and through the eye. An odd debate ensued as to whether or not this innocent looking cory has a Dark Side /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" /> which I found quite interesting. I LOVE catfish. Like ta eat em, like ta keep em!

My favorite is Synodontis eupterus- The Feather Finned Squeeker /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />
Followed closely by Pseudomystus siamensis- The Siamese Bumblebee /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

S.eupterus is very pretty when little..marbled colors and long whiskers, is an easy keeper, and grows into a very impressive fish with long extended rays on the dorsal fin. I havent heard mine squeak, but he is very tame and eats out of my fingers and has been very good in the Rainbow community, even though he shares the caves with several botia and P.siamensis

P.siamensis came to me from the infamous Walmart, whose worker tried to talk me out of buying it because it hid all the time. They thought it was a bumble bee goby /ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" /> and even though I told him it was worth more than the $2.00 they were asking, they wouldnt listen! so I got a really cool catfish. He is nocturnal, but he comes out if half the tank lights are off and I put in something he likes to eat. Their color is like peanut butter and fudge stripes, they have long whiskers, become tame, stop growing at 6'' and are very easy keepers.

Only drawbacks on both: cant keep anything the size of a swordtail on down or they get eaten in the night /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

WOW - I could waffle for England on a question like that! My favourite catfish that I currently keep is "Cecil", my Pseudacanthicus leopardus. He has bags of character for a "plec". Even though he's still a juvenille. He can be a bit of a monkey, and very moody at times. I tried keeping him with my Leporacanthicus triactis, but he chased him and bullied him all around the tank and so I had to sperate them. I also tried housing him with 3 Baryancistrus sp LO18 which were somewhat more equally matched size wise, but with similar results. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

I've kept Clarias batrachus and found them to be a lot of fun. I may get another one, one day. I love RTC's, TSN and Merondontotus tigrinus to look at. But I have real issues with the housing many aquarists use to keep them. Particularly RTC's and TSN's. Beautiful as they are, I don't really think they should be in the hobby. Unless someone can provide a public aquaria sized tank or massive trop pond.

The one fish I really do want to keep and have a crack at spawning is the jaguar cat or Liosomadorus oncinus. Though I've had problems finding the genuine artical in the hobby. I've not actualy seen one in the flesh for years now. If you've never seen one click here :-

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=.....NwmBypwhMI

July 26, 2008
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It's a terrible picture, but these are undoubtedly my favourite - Corydoras sp. "Gold Laser" (CW010). I have 6 but would ideally like to double that, but it's finding them close to me that's the b*gg*r

As to the "Why" of why I like them. I'm not altogether sure - it could be that these were the first fish that I'd ever brought from a proper breeder and not from a shop. It could be their amazing colour, or it could be their behaviour. They're always out and about (although not gregarious as they are spooked easy - this picture is pretty old I think because they're not fans of the camera!).

But I think it's their eyes I love most, I love the way they watch me as much as I watch them /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
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July 26, 2008
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i like most cats,but if i close it down to individual species, cory concolors are my favourite.
i also have a leopardus and a L72 that my wife christened Tank as it's a female and huge for the species.

mick

July 26, 2008
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I think my all-time favourite catfish specimen (not species) is a Cory paleatus I had for about ten years. For the last year or two the decrepit bugger couldn't be bothered to move except at feeding time! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Favourite species though, hmmm. Of the ones I've kept I think Cory guapore and Pseudohemiodon apithanos. Would like to keep: Lamontichthys filamentosus, the blue L128, a few of the Asian species from Glyptothorax/Gagata and the Scleromystax that pablito posted the other day. Like Mick though I like most fish never mind catfish...

Cake or death?
July 26, 2008
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I love catfish /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
The ones I have right now are cory 4 axelrodi, 15 pygmy, 3 albino (1 long fin), 2 adolphi. 5 sidthimunki's. 2 Hoplosternum Littorale, great puppydogs but no matter how much they eat they still beg for more /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> 3 (2 male)albino (gold) bristlenose ancistrus and 1 lda 31. These are all in the same tank. Out of these I'll have to say the sidthimunki's have the most charactor /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
1 sailfin plec trying to compete with BGK for food in another.
In the past I've had cory trilineatus and L81, L200, L24, L91, pictus and clown loach and I think the L24 cactus was my fav from these 3.
Cory Guapore is stunning Matt but there is lots of stunning cory's so I don't really have a favourite as of yet.
My first ever catfish was a sailfin plec which I called Pete the Pleccy /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />
In all honesty I don't think I have a favourite as they all have lovely charactors in different ways whether it be movement, feeding, greediness, shyness, colouration etc /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

July 27, 2008
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QUOTE (ulster exile @ Jul 26 2008, 09:25 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's a terrible picture, but these are undoubtedly my favourite - Corydoras sp. "Gold Laser" (CW010). I have 6 but would ideally like to double that, but it's finding them close to me that's the b*gg*r

As to the "Why" of why I like them. I'm not altogether sure - it could be that these were the first fish that I'd ever brought from a proper breeder and not from a shop. It could be their amazing colour, or it could be their behaviour. They're always out and about (although not gregarious as they are spooked easy - this picture is pretty old I think because they're not fans of the camera!).

But I think it's their eyes I love most, I love the way they watch me as much as I watch them /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
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Our LFStore had some of these once and I almost bought some. the photo really doesnt do them justice...a very pretty fish!!!

July 27, 2008
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cory fan here, C. paleatus are my fav

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and I want some wild caught ones....they're diff and really fab

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July 27, 2008
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I also really like Hexanematichthys seemanni, the brackish Shark Catfish. They are very happy fish, who swim all levels of the tank openly and are not nocturnal or territorial. They do get bigger and bigger and start uprooting plants and knocking over decorations though..not to mention brackish.... I kept a couple of them with Ruby Scats and was really fond of them. Trouble is, if anything goes even slightly wrong in a brackish tank, you've got trouble. A snail died when i was on vacation, and the nitrites spiked (which are more toxic in higher ph) and my catfish died. I was so bummed I have never kept it again /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Guilty Pleasure: Gyrinocheilus Aymonieri , the Chinese Algae Eater...They be BAD and funny. I have a golden one right now, who is trying to evade the Leopard Bush Fish. They actually "dis" you to your face when you look at them, and threaten you with the sucker mouth... /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

I love Marble Sailfin Plecos too..Prehistoric!

July 27, 2008
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Hey Folks

Synodontis for me.

Regards David

July 27, 2008
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QUOTE (Richy @ Jul 26 2008, 09:08 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cory Guapore is stunning Matt but there is lots of stunning cory's so I don't really have a favourite as of yet.

Hehe, very true mate. Reason I chose guapore is that once they're settled they tend to spend quite a bit of time in midwater which for some reason appeals to me...

Cake or death?
August 3, 2008
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I like lots of cats but have only kept corydoras and ancistrus so picking a fave is impossible. I have stayed away from the larger or predatory species for the sake of my little fish.

There is one I love and have though and just cannot seem to keep well.
Aspidoras Pauciradiatus.

Love the cute little buggers, found 3 in a petstore once and never found any others. So they hid for months, finally lost two.
Feeling bad for my one little one I bought 5 from Frank a few months ago. Big mistake....I should have bought 12. I'm finally figuring out that they just do not like life unless there is Lots of them.

So now I have 4 left. tsk! I'm going to send them away to someone I know who has more, I want them to be happy.

At a later time, when I'm not on the verge of tearing down tanks I'm going to buy a whole bunch of them and try again.

They are so cute! Tiny little cats with tiny little whiskers. They also do more mid level swimming then corydoras, they remind me of hummingbirds.

August 4, 2008
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Dont blame you David! I have two synos, and I really like them too.

Matt, that's why I like the shark catfish, H.seemanni...they are always active in daylight and like midwater.

I like cory's but they like their water cooler

KAH, that is definately the trouble with the cool big catfish..puts the kebosh on having anything small. /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

August 4, 2008
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how could I forget I had a Syno Angelicus once aswell, was lovely /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
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August 4, 2008
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Love those jaguar cats!

I think the royal panaque's are my all time favourite cats though

August 4, 2008
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QUOTE (Neal-DA @ Aug 4 2008, 11:00 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Love those jaguar cats!

I think the royal panaque's are my all time favourite cats though

At the risk of making Matt slap his forehead in frustration.... /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />
Neal, is that a pleco? can someone post a pic? (please Matt, no more big guys with beer can hats)

December 17, 2008
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Many beautiful catfish, but my favorite is my newly Belodontichthys Dinema!

And why? I realy like scary toothed fish and this look like is coming out of the abyss!

December 20, 2008
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Hi i love cats too /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> ,picking a fav is hard but generaly the bigger the meaner the better /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" />
Best cat i have kept is a tiger shovel nose,which grew and grew until it had to be rehomed and yep i agree certain fish should not be available to the general public! He grew to 30 inches in a six foot tank - awsum fish - but a pityfull sight in such a 'small' tank /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />
So i suppose my soribum lima is my current fav /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

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Hey

Catfish with the greatest character have to be Clarias. They go through so many 'moods'. Their digging power is amazing.

Regards David

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