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Old 01-21-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Banjo Catfish.

Finally got a banjo catfish and honestly, I am beyond excited.

So... This is Merlin:



He is about two inches long and I was pretty happy to find him for $5. The only other place I have ever seen them have been another local shop, a little bigger, and for $12. Anyway, I have frozen bloodworms and shrimp pellets. But, I don't have these "catfish pellets" I keep reading about. I guess I'll run out to Petsmart/Co tomorrow and grab it. Unless anyone else has some experience in what they like to bunch on.

Oh, what about algae wafers? I haven't seen that listed as a food options, but these aren't really algae cats. Just though I might ask anyways.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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Hi cannot tell exactly what type of catfish it is but from my experience most cats like bloodworm,brine shrimp,tubifex,finely chopped mussle and cockle for starters that's all frozen food Also they usually eat flake and catfish pellets but do not over feed the pellets as they are quite 'rich'so these are only to be treated as treats in my opinion also as you said i cannot see it eating algea wafers?
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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He's a banjo catfish, Bunocephalus coracoideus.

And yea, I just thought I might as well ask about the algae wafers. I have so many of them and no animals to eat them! I might just have to eat them myself. haha
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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Hi looks like you will be eating the algea wafers Thanks for the Latin name yes defiantly a Banjo cat You will have to get some B/Ns They love algea wafers May i ask what else is in the tank?
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:48 PM   #5
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I had one and he attacked my betta, so that was the end of that... went back to the fish shop. I have never had good luck with any plecos, actually. They have always attacked my other fish or jumped.

I did see a half inch royal pleco that was quite possibly the cutest fish EVER. If only he wasn't $45.

Merlin is currently in a 10g with my pearl fighter. I'm going to be setting up my 36gBF in June again and it will be S.American fish. He will be moved to there. I just had to grab this one, since they are so hard to come by at all.
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Apparently these "growl"?
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I have experience with banjo cats. They are GREAT fish. IME, they are not too picky about the type of food, but they usually only eat after dark so make sure whatever you feed him gets in there at night. I used shrimp pellets, algae wafers, and of course the flakes that fall down.
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Awesome, yea, I'm planning to feed him only at night. Rearranged the tank so that he had more cover and added another driftwood piece. So, I'm pretty sure he's not going to eat tonight.

Any issues with jumping? He seems to be rather active, or maybe it's just the stress. I understand that they get extremely lazy in adulthood.
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I have only seen adult ones before, so I am not totally sure if the young ones are usually more active or not. Mine would literally just sit during the day and you could even touch him and he wouldn't move. I used to pick him up if I ever needed to move him instead of using a net because I didn't want to snag his cute little fins. I never had any issues with jumping. But, my tanks are all covered.
Mine was named Jim Bob Allen. He was awesome. I am thinking about getting more of them someday.
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Haha. I just thought that I should give him a country name! I could go with like Smokey or Jethrow or something...
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