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Old 10-12-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Large catfish for a 55?

So I have a 55 gallon tank, I like large catfish that will be out during the day, so what large catfish will be out during the day, I have one striped Raphael catfish, but it's only out at night, if I were to add, let's say 3 more striped Raphael's, would they come out during the day, or how can I get them to come out during the day, is there a way? It's because I have black sand and I want a colorful fish that will come out
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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Brown hoplos are active at all hours and can get around 7-8", but they aren't colorful... just brown, lol. Megalechis Thoracata is much prettier, but sadly only hits about 5".
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
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No matter how many Raphael's you get they'll all just hide. Hoplos, pictus cats, smaller species of synodontis and Zamora catfish are all good candidates. I love my raphael and he sure is a looker but he's never out. So no matter how many you put in, it won't do no good.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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Ok, so I have an idea, what if I put in one more Raphael catfish to make the other company, and I add maybe 3-4 either lace synodontis or 3-4 pictus cats, also I have 4 kuhli loaches so I don't want those to get hurt, what do you recommend , pictus or lace synodontis?
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:36 PM   #5
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Me personally the pictus because of their look, personality and activity level.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:48 PM   #6
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Yea I was thinking of the pictus too, will it hurt my plants, catfish, kuhli loaches, mollies, platys, rainbow fish, betta, guppies, Otos, plecos, barbs, or angelfish?
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Um idk about the plants I think they'll be fine because my friend has a big school in his tank and he's got lots of plants and he's never said anything about them destroying them. But with the other fish they'll be perfectly fine. They may pick off small fish if underfed but I doubt you'll underfeed em. Watch the guppies but other than that there shouldn't be any issues and even the guppies should be fine.
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:52 PM   #8
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Yea, they definitely won't be underfed, I feed a lot of flakes because I have a lot of fish, so a lot of it falls, plus I would add about 15 sinking pellets a day
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Haha they'll be some happy catfish! I have to carefully feed my raphael cause he's a big
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Hah thanks I think they will be fine, my Raphael comes out from this root piece thing when he sees flakes coming down and vacuums as much as he can up, then he goes back, and when I turn the lights off, I put in 4 sinking pellets for him
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