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Long-nosed Whiptail Catfish

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Friday, March 15, 2002 - 04:19 am
I'm thinking of getting a long-nosed whiptail catfish, but I'm having quite a bit of trouble finding info about them. I know that they get about 5 inches long and that I can feed them on bottom feeder tablets, algea wafers and vegies (like plecos). But I don't know much about their temperament - they look really laid-back at the petshop but I was worried that they might eat small fish or get territorial. Are they one of those fish who cause small tetras to mysteriously disappear in the middle of the night?! Can anyone give me some adivce, please?



Friday, March 15, 2002 - 07:40 am
Sierra there is a catfish site in cyberspace. probably can give you lots of specifics. I don't usually advertise other sites, but this one is only for catfish.



Friday, March 15, 2002 - 01:36 pm
A long nose whiptail is closely related to a pleco if I'm not mistaken. Just as with most plecos, whiptail cats won't hurt a fly. Basically, think of the whiptail as a pleco when caring for it, and you should be fine. From my experiences, they're a lot more laid back than plecos, but are fun to keep if you've never had any.



Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 04:49 am
I had a look at Planet Catfish before and I think I found the right species (Sturisoma barbatum) but they only had pictures. It's a good website,though. Go and check out the pictures if you want. They're really cool looking fish - whenever I see them at the LFS they're sitting perfectly still with their mouths sucked onto the glass, I don't know if I've ever seen them move! They are $30 and that's the most expensive fish I've ever bought. The two at the LFS have been there for months (I guess no one wanted to pay that much for them)and they will probably still be there when I've set up my 30 gallon for them. I don't think I'll have any problems with them. I was pretty sure they wouldn't hurt other fish . . . but you never know, so I though I'd better check. Thanks for the info guys



Monday, March 18, 2002 - 04:13 pm
$30 for them is outrageously expensive. My LFS has them for $5.95 each. And, like yours, they have had two there for a couple of months, and the bigger of the two is about 4-5" long. Cool looking fish, but it would probably get lost in my tank, never to be seen again.



Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 09:56 pm
I currently have Long-nosed whiptail catfish(also known as a Twig Catfish). They are very docile and peaceful, just make sure to maintain a steady Sth. american water qaulity


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