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#1 dutoits

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 05:31 PM

I would like a smallish (adult size def.not more than 12-15cm) peaceful bottomfeeder to live in my 120litre community tank. It must get along with an 7cm elephantnose, a 6cm rainbowshark, 5cm sailfin mollie, 4cm swordtail, and a 2cm tetra, also a largish (12cm) 9yr old comet goldfish. Odd collection I know. They have been living together happily for the last 2 years. The newest addition is the elephant nose, a friendly little fella that prefers to come out in light to feed with the others.

I don't want anything that will nip on the comet's tail. I've been reading and looking a lot over the last weeks, but the info I get is so contradictory. I don't want to upset the good "karma" in the tank and at the same time I would realy like a colourful (in either character and/or coat) bottomfeeder.
Had a lot of time for research ! Could not find any that anybody has suggested so far (only corys, but they were so-o-o small & dull looking), & no, I don't really need a cleaner fish, I just like them & will feed them specially, so this is what I came up with;
Agamyxis Pectinifrons - aka Spotted talking cf
Available!; very difficult to find anything interesting at the lfs, but one shop have these and I reserved one (paid but will not collect until someone, somewhere can tell me that they have/had one.)
Does anyone know how long they live?
Research says: Peaceful, excellent com.fish - (very important) - very easy to keep - grow only to about 13cm- although might be hiding mostly - (but my rocks and bogwood are arranged so I can peep in everywhere) - eat especially bloodworm & bottomfeederfood (have that already). Water stats fits in nicely with what I already have in the tank.
And they do look nice - very tiny though, about 2cm - if that much!
Your soonest input will be appreciated

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Posted 03 July 2005 - 08:14 PM

Hi duoits,

First of all welcome to the SC forums, hope you enjoy your stay.
Your choice of Agamyxis pectinifrons is quite a good one along with maybe Amblydoras hancocki. We have an article on both species here which should help you decide.
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Posted 20 December 2006 - 09:10 AM

QUOTE(scotcat @ Jul 3 2005, 08:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi duoits,

First of all welcome to the SC forums, hope you enjoy your stay.
Your choice of Agamyxis pectinifrons is quite a good one along with maybe Amblydoras hancocki. We have an article on both species here which should help you decide.


For the Spotted talking catfish I recommend a tank not too brightly lighted that contains bogwood to allow the Spotted Talking Catfish to hide in the roots. Make sure you change your water in a regime of monthly change. Agamyxis pectinifrons are nocturnal and needs adequate cover.

As no doubt you are aware, when out of the water the Spotted Talking Catfish can create a sound by grating the fin and bones in their sockets and amplifying this sound through their swim bladder----for this reason I am convinced this catfish received the name of Spotted Talking Catfish. http://kamped.com/Catfish.htm

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 05:19 PM

Hi,
I just saw your post and had to respond. I absolutely love my raphael spotted catfish. He's very friendly, easy to care for, hardy, and very handsome. I've had mine for about a year now and I've never had any problems with him. He definitely needs suitable hiding places, but is a nice size and those aren't too difficult to find. I had a cave for mine and just added a large piece of driftwood which he loves. I would definitely recommend getting one. I saw a little one at the pet store the other day and was so tempted to get another one, but I don't want 2 of them to fight over hiding spaces. Otherwise I would, because he has always been my favorite fish.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 05:21 PM

I read that they live up to 9 years in captivity. I haven't ever seen mine nip at my other fish. I just posted a question myself about him bothering very small fish just because mine (cherry barbs) have been sick, but I've never witnessed this behavior. I think it's just due to parasites. I don't think you'd have any problems.




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