Keeping channel catfish
Posted 04 June 2010 - 08:02 PM
As you might expect I disagree with this, i see no reason to expect a channel catfish to attain a size of more than 18" or so in an aquarium, maybe bigger maybe a little bit smaller but to say a channel catfish that does not attain close to maximum size is some how neglected is wrong.
Somewhere, I remember reading or being told that channel catfish offered to the hobby are the result of breeding the fish for smaller size and or are also hybrids of blue cats and channel cats.
I do know that hobby channel cats lack the spots usually seen on wild channel cats. I've caught small wild channel cats that were beautiful with dozens of not hundreds of black spots and very colorful skin. There is a real difference between wild and domesticated channels but is it more than just a lack of spots?
Actually this goes on to me feeling that fish in general do not have to attain some idealized maximum size to have been well kept as an aquarium fish.
Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:51 PM
Posted 04 June 2010 - 10:53 PM
i have had the same or very close store with my catfish.
by year 3 most channel or there hybrids are to big for most indoor tanks.and they are eating machines.
Posted 05 June 2010 - 02:51 PM
I also love catfishing. My personal best was 38". I didnt have a scale to weigh it, but it was a hawg.
Edited by exasperatus2002, 05 June 2010 - 02:54 PM.
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