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Post Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:16 am
xiong09 Level 1 Member
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I find it amazing how fast my catfishes grow compare to my other fishes. I remember buying a small 2"-3" red tail cat a few months ago and now it is one of the largest fish in my tank. This is true with my bull head catfish. Does anyone know why catfish seem to have accelerated growth compare to other fishes?

Post Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:54 pm
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Has alot to do with amount they eat and the fact that they are growing at a rate that is somewhat consistant with size they will obtain in nature. In less than a year that Red Tail Cat will be 2 feet long and be extremely difficult to house in an aquarium. This is the reason they should not be sold in the aquarium hobby. Combine it with the fact that in 2 years they will be able to swallow whole pretty much anything that can be placed in with them including small children and housepets. They are unsuitable for home Aquaria.
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Post Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:39 pm
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So no swimming lessons for kitty or bathing your newborn in the show tank then ?
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Post Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:40 pm
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Yeah it makes sense. I don't know if the red tail gets a lot food because there are many other fishes in my tank.

Post Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:40 pm
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mister malcontent wrote:
So no swimming lessons for kitty or bathing your newborn in the show tank then ?

Lol Definitely not.


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