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Redtail cat fish and rope fish?
Hey I’m new to this but would a 3 inch Redtail catfish be able to be in a tank with my rope fish? He is over a foot long and well sized. Also maybe an iridescent shark? I also have a needle nose gar. Let me know if this works plz!
What size tank do you have? Redtail catfish get huge.
I have a 150 gallon for now
red tail catfish grow fast and grow to be about 4 feet....
I’m aware of that I’m seen the videos haha. I’m just wondering if they won’t eat my rope fish if I have him as a baby until he gets older in a bigger tank
Large catfish are infamous for eating anything that can fit in their mouths. (And sometimes even things that don't fit ) Their mouths are also much bigger than you'd expect. So keep that in mind.
If the catfish can fit the other fish in it's mouth then they may become dinner.
At 3 inches .... or when he is 48 inches ?
Rope fish are a relatively skinny fish, before long the catfish will fit it in its mouth. I wouldn't advise for you to keep them together.
How big of a tank are you planning to upgrade to when these guys gain more size? Red tails, ID sharks and gars get big.
Maybe I’ll wait on the Redtail then thank you guys for the help. Would a ID shark end up eating my rope fish? I heard that need nose are good with them usually. I was planning on going close to a 300 gallon tank within 5 months
The id shark could, the gar could. I'd honestly get the rope fish its own biotope tank with other ropes.
300 gallons will not be enough. I know someone with one owned and five rescue redtailed cats that are between 12" and 6.5 foot (the 6.5 footer went from 18 inches to 4 ft in eight months) they live in a 30x30x40 foot pond outdoors. (which is almost an acre of footage for size). They live in their year round with the only predators possibly being each other and a bear that was outsmarted by the largest catfish.
You'd have to look at a much larger enclosure long term because 300 gallons isn't even enough for the id shark alone.