Looking for ideal catfish

  1. raptorsvt79

    raptorsvt79 Well Known Member Member

    I have a 55 gallon, partially planted tank...I have 2 mid sized angel fish, 8 harlequin rasboras, 2 blue rams and 2 bristle nose plecos. I would like a catfish or two to roam the bottom area of my tank...I'm not really into corys.. Do you guys have any suggestions into what type of catfish i can home in my tank...
     
  2. Fettuccini

    Fettuccini Well Known Member Member

    Some type of small/medium synodontis species would probably work well.
     
  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Porthole catfish? You could do a few!
     


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  5. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    You won't see much of it as it's nocturnal.
     
  6. bizaliz3

    bizaliz3 Fishlore Legend Member

    I like them. They are one of my favorite catfish. I have one in each of my 55s :) And they have lived with every fish in your list (except the rams, I have never had rams)

    They get too big for you to have more than one though (in my opinion)....especially since you already have a couple BN plecos as well. I don't think the raphaels are very social, so it shouldn't be a problem having just one.

    Side note: do you know if your BN plecos are male or female? Just be careful because if they are male and female, you are facing a boatload of babies!! non stop!!


    EDIT: TexasDomer is right though....you will never see him in a peaceful tank. I see the one in my cichlid tank at feeding time because he knows he has to get out there and get food asap. In the peaceful tank (like yours) that one just waits until the lights go out because he usually has no trouble finding leftovers :) But my cichlids leave no leftovers...so that catfish has no choice....lol
     


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    raptorsvt79

    raptorsvt79 Well Known Member Member


    i'm not so sure yet...they are about two inches long and so far they cant stand the sight of each other.
     
  8. bizaliz3

    bizaliz3 Fishlore Legend Member

    Then they are still a ways away from breeding.

    Once they get large enough, the males have a lot of bristles all over their face. They are very east to sex. So if you start to notice that they might be opposite sex...you might want to rehome one....
     
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    raptorsvt79

    raptorsvt79 Well Known Member Member

    will do...thanks
     
  10. tfreema

    tfreema Fishlore VIP Member

    Look into the smaller varieties of synodontis catfish. Very cool looking. You could get a few.
     
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    raptorsvt79

    raptorsvt79 Well Known Member Member

    i'll check these out....i do have a lot of driftwood in my tank...don't they require a higher ph?
     
  12. Fettuccini

    Fettuccini Well Known Member Member

    As far the plecos being male or female, if they both turn out to be males, you won't have to worry about breeding, but you'll probably end up with 1 pleco rather than 2 sooner or later. Basically, the only good combination is 2 females.

    Some do, but most will be fine within the pH range of most water supplies.
     
  13. CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

  14. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Synos do need hard water - they're from the rift lakes like the rift lake African cichlids.
     
  15. Fettuccini

    Fettuccini Well Known Member Member

    Only some species come from the rift lakes. Many (most?) of them are from west/central Africa where the pH is generally much less alkaline. A lot of the most commonly sold ones like S. eupterus and S. nigriventris have a very wide pH range, to the point where it's really only a factor if your pH is extremely high or low.
     
  16. TexasDomer

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  17. fisharegreat8962

    fisharegreat8962 Valued Member Member

    Oh. My. God. I love these guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  19. TexasDomer

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  20. Fettuccini

    Fettuccini Well Known Member Member

    I'm not sure they're temperature compatible with the angelfish. I believe pictus cats like mid 70s and angels like it closer to 80. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.