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What To Keep With A Blue Whale Catfish
April 3, 2008
8:34 am
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I have 3 Pictus Catfish and a Violet Goby and plan to get a 110 Gallon tank and was wondering if i should get one or two Blue Whale Catfish i know they are pretty aggressive but i've seen pics and videos of them being kept with other fish such as dragon gobies and i was wondering if anyone knew i i could keep them with my other fish not becoming food? perhaps if i keep them well fed maybe lol

April 3, 2008
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Welcome to the forum there mate /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

Keeping the Blue Whales with any other fish is a risk.. as Matt noted in the profile, they've been seen ripping chunks of flesh off much larger fishes in the wild, and won't be adverse to eating smaller fishes whole.

As such, I wouldn't advise keeping them with other fishes, unless you're willing to risk the lives of the other fishes in the tank.. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

April 3, 2008
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Hi Catfish Master good to see someone into their oddballs on the forum /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Cetopsis are pretty mean characters as Dunc says, but also very cool fish in my opinion. I've never kept them at home but have dealt with them in a shop I used to work in. We had them in a tank by themselves and they were surprisingly ok with one another. I'm not sure they'd be as well-behaved in a community though. Without being too graphic, I've seen them rip a goldfish clean in half. Not a pretty sight.

If you're going to try it (and I'm not suggesting you do) I reckon your best bet would be to go for tankmates that are either a) heavily armoured eg. Doradid catfish or maybe some of the spinier Loricariids or b ) really agile swimmers (Hemiodus/Hemiodopsis spring to mind). I also think the bigger the tank, the better. Maybe success has been had with the violet gobies because they're quite sedentary and can bury themselves in the substrate? I still think there's no guarantee of success though, and that overall blue whale cats are best kept in a species tank.

PS - Additional "bling points" for having the most bemusing signature yet seen on this forum /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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April 4, 2008
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haha yea i think your right they are pretty agressive fish i've been researching so idk if will keep them in my tank with the pictus and other fish i plan to get so well maybe one day i will get a tank just for them but till then i'll just forget about them in my communitiy tank lol thanks for the info!

April 4, 2008
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No problem /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> Just to add, Cetopsis aren't what I'd call aggressive fish in terms of territorial or parental behaviour. They're parasitic, opportunistic feeders that feed by biting chunks from other fish and they will of course do the same in an aquarium. There's absolutely no need to feed them live fish in captivity though; in the shop they were taking bloodworm , earthworms and even prawns.

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