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Catfish for cichlids?

Postby dane918 » Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:23 am

What are the best type of catfish that are able to live with cichlids...i know not all fish live in high pH waters, so i was just wonderding wat cat fish are best suited to these conditions?
also are there any special considerations for catfish wen there in a bigger tank with other fish...like do u have to feed them special food or anything like that?
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Postby mro2you2 » Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:15 am

Upside down catfish is the best it from the lake with the t (I cant spell it at the moment).
 
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Postby Ryand639878 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:52 am

any type of synodontis work perfect. I had them in my african tank

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Postby dane918 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:37 am

well i was just wondering do u have to buy them special food...because i took everything out of my 2 foot baby tank, and they seemed to all have sdisapeared...ive never been told to feed them anything special, so i was just wondering if im missing sumthing?
 
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Postby ITFishGuy » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:05 am

I've always had luck with food that sinks for bottom feeders. Shrimp pellets work, but once the fish develop a taste for that other stuff doesn't look as good to them.
 
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Postby rcgman35055364 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:19 pm

I keep a few Raphael cats in my tank. They have an armored "skin" and my Cichlids never bothered them. They grow pretty quick too.

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Postby dizzcat » Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:22 am

I have a Rainbow shark in with my African Cichlids. The black catfish with red fins. He is now over 6" and holds his own with the aggressive Mbuna's. He eats the flakes and pellets along with all the other fish. I have never needed to feed him anything special.
 
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Postby mro2you2 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:50 pm

RCQ3 - srry but the raphael is going to eat your cichilids at full size.
srry to ? my advise but Iv heard so many stores about synodontis Doing night massacers? im afriad I I get one ill kill my loaches and baby cichilids.
 
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Postby rcgman35055364 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:41 am

Mro2you2 what are you talking about? a Striped Raphael Catfish can get to be 10" and that has to be ideal conditions and a large enough tank. In no way will they kill cichlids, unless you have a full grown cat and thrown tiny juvenile cichlids in with it. Ive got two of those cats in each one of my three tanks and have NEVER had any problems with them.

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Postby vwfan79 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:19 pm

I have a 90gal African setup and I keep 2 synodontis and 2 pictus cats in my tank and my cichlids range from 2" to about 5" and I've had this set up for about 2 years now and everyone gets along fine. As far as food you want something that sinks I feed Dainichi sinking pellets and sinking shrimp pellets as treats and cichlids and catfish eat both.
 
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Postby mro2you2 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:24 am

RCQ3- that is double the size of the cichilid.would you trust it with 2 in babies?
 
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Postby rcgman35055364 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:36 am

My Raphael isnt 10". Hes only about 3-4. The growth rate of that fish to get 10" is not as fast as a Cichlids is to get 6-8" So yeah i trust them. Havent caused me problems to this date!

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Postby dizzcat » Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:34 pm

Not to mention that African cichlids are some of the meanest fish out there! I seriously doubt that one that is 3" and above would let a catfish eat it unless that catfish is huge!

A lot of people have good luck with the synodontis cats in with African cichlids. My Rainbow shark is ornery enough to handle anything the aggressive Africans dish out.

Upsidedown cats? VERY bad idea with Africans! Those cichlids would kill them off within a day.
 
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Postby stormer0719 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:27 pm

my rainbow shark didnt do as well with my africans. he got bit up and i took him out. Would they have killed it? I don't know, the little poop is rather agressive, and does fine in his new home with my oscar, 3 silverdollars, and 2 demsi
 
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Postby fishfood » Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:02 pm

I have a syndontis with my south american cichlids, and they get along real well. You don't see much of him,but he don't take no crap.
 
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