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Old 05-20-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Mid-Size catfish?

I really wanted a striped raphael for my empty 55 gallon, but my LFS has discontinued them. Now I'm back to researching for a suitable alternative. Pictus is out because I don't want to have to constantly treat for ich.

Are there any other catfish that get 6-8 inches? I'm wracking my brain to come up with one and I can't.
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I filled out the search parameters for fish between 6-8", but Im not sure if the link will reflect that.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:10 PM   #3
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African feather fin catfish. Here's mine at about 7 inches. Max size is 9".
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No the link didn't work. It's an interesting site, but it already assumes you know the family and genus of the fish, which I don't. I clicked on a few but none of them looked like a fish that my LFS would have heard of.
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My LFS definitely has an African Featherfin. It's listed as "Aggressive". How accurate is that?
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ahh.. sorry.

Maybe this one?
Asian Bumblebee Catfish - Microcosm Aquarium Explorer

My LFS carries these, maybe yours does too.
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My LFS definitely has an African Featherfin. It's listed as "Aggressive". How accurate is that?
Mine is not even aggressive. Every now and then he will chase someone away from the spot he claimed is his. Normal fish behavior.
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Good to know as it opens up more possibilities with regard to what other kinds of fish I could keep with him.

They don't have an Asian Bumblebee though, but the photo did look really cool.
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He will also hang out with my water cow and sits on his back. The water cow is a 13" fish and he just chills on his back.
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I even go with a Pictus as well. As long as u keep good water conditions and keep them healthy then I wouldn't worry about the ich. Keep him in a holding tank for a bit to be safe. Even feeding them garlic would be a good idea to prevent disease and parasites.
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