Today is the day we got our catfishes! Originally we just went in to get a 5g tank... but, we wanted to see what kind of dwarf catfish they had/if any so we could go back tomorrow or in the next couple days, and, they had just gotten them in today, so we figured let's get them today since they just got there!
We bought 5 of them, we may go back for another 1-2 of them. Would 7 be ok in a 10g tank with a betta?
Or would 6 be better? My other half thinks it would be weird to go back for just one more lol but I think it would be fine.
They are about a half inch long, so tiny
. They are labeled c. habrosus, although they may be c. pygmaeus, it is really hard to tell since they are so small and FAST. I think they are habrosus, but, some pics online indicate maybe pygmaeus. Frustrating lol!
They are currently in a 5g tank (temporarily, don't worry!). Originally we were going to put them in the newly cycled 10g and put the betta in the 5, but, I knew they were tiny, didn't realize HOW tiny! We can keep a better eye on them in the 5g.
We figure a 50-75% water change every 3 days. Does that sound good?
We have no cover though, so at the moment the tank is covered in saran-wrap. (Yeah, I know. But we had to do something in case they jump up). The guy working there sold us some food he had, since he didn't have any on the shelf. We may get something different in the future, but for now we have food for them as well.
We had a heck of a time getting them out of the bag... we tried to net them first, no joy. So we decided to dump them in the pitcher we use for water changes... well they briefly were sort of vacuum sealed into the bag. I was so worried about them and scared! Especially for the one in the bottom corner. Then we put the bag in the tank and they all got out and they are fine now.
They're so cute! Now we are responsible for 6 little lives, and we were responsible for just 1 before. I love them already. I just wish I could tell them apart, I want to name them all!
I hope they're a little more active tonight when I get home from work. Four of them were hanging out in pairs, one was zipping around the tank. They had a hard day. Got delivered, we took them home, they had to come out of their bag, etc...
They have a filter & heater, and a small purple silk plant and that's it. We may put sand in there with them, we may just leave it bare. I dunno. We thought maybe just 2 weeks quarantine but I hear 4 is best. So far they seem nice and healthy....