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 kept both and both out grew my 125 gallon tank in just over a year. The store bought blue channel cats I bought at 3 inches I bought two. They grew to 16 and 18 inches in 14 months. The wild caught channel cats I have kept I caught at 3 to 5 inches.They grew to about 15 inches in the same amount of time. All my fished were released in my parents pond. The blue channels kept their grey color and grew about the same as the wild caught fish. I know because we tagged the fish. My dad found one of the blue channels dead once and it was 25 inches and wieghed almost 7 lbs.
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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