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#41 Guest_ZeeZ_*

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:38 AM

Be very very careful with a netted catfish. The spines are part of the pectoral fins, but are by far the sturdiest part. The first time I tried to net a small bullhead to move him to a larger tank the spines got caught in the mesh, shredding the rest of the fins and getting the poor guy so tangled up that even after cutting the net apart I wasn't able to remove all the pieces from his fins. He swam around for 3 or 4 days trailing bits of netting until they finally fell out.

It took me a while to figure out native plants, and I still don't know a lot. It seems like the species commonly marketed are actually quite a rarity in nature. Plants adapted to low light don't compete well with high light plants since they grow more slowly, and typically there's a strong advantage to be gained by having emergent leaves to reach better light and CO2. Substrate seems to be the key thing though. If you're still setting up your tank I think you'll be glad you put a nice layer of plain dirt on the bottom. None of my tanks have that yet, but their fine sand bottoms wouldn't grow plants for a long time. Finally after having a tank set up for a year and turning under algae and mulm into the sand it's finally capable of supporting plants, including several species I had previously tried with no hint of success.

Really? How would you recommend netting a catfish? Perhaps use a net that has large holes, like the ones you use for fishing? I imagine that would be easier to use instead of a normal large aquarium net.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 03:12 PM

If I move any of my catfish around I catch them in a cup or other hard sided container rather than a net. It can be a pain to get them in there but it sure beats getting them stuck in a net. When looking for them in the wild netting them often can't be prevented unless your fishing hook and line for them.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:51 PM

I have a yellow bullhead that moves the gravel in its tank around.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 04:15 PM

Should I be concerned about a bullhead wreaking havoc on the dirt/gravel and plants?

#45 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 05:43 PM

Should I be concerned about a bullhead wreaking havoc on the dirt/gravel and plants?

Well they are a little opinionated about interior decorating... but I wouldn't call it wreaking havoc... if they have a place that they feel they can hang out it relative safety then in my experience, they do not dig or thrash as much... the will 'hoolow out' a space for themselves, but once established in a space and if well fed, will not dig just for the sake of digging...
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