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"My wife and I have cared for our Banjo Catfish (Banjo Kazooi) for well over a year now. He has done well in all conditions (random 10 ga., blackwater 10 ga., heavily sculptured 20 ga. and doing fine in a new 55 ga. that is currently cycling) and with all tank-mates (kulli loaches, bumblebee catfish, spotted raphael, whiptail catfish, etc.). They are nearly indestructible and aren't particularly susceptible to disease. Master Kazooi (as he's known) keeps the floor clean of carnivore tabs and whatever else he can get his mouth around. If you keep the substrate relatively shallow (just enough for plant roots) you shouldn't have much trouble seeing their tails sticking out. Particularly if you have uniform-colored gravel/sand substrate. We use a very small gauge black gravel. He has always liked it and doesn't have any trouble getting in/under it. When I clean the tank I have to pick him up by his tail-fin and slowly drift him backward into a position that's out of the way of the siphon. He will sit in the flat of your palm and remain calm if you look him in the eye when you remove him from the tank. Just be careful when doing this as they have a spike between each arm and their body. They can pinch. I've never been foolish enough to give him the opportunity. Just put them in the center of your palm and it shouldn't have a chance to pinch you. I don't think he would even if I taunted him. He's solitary, but doesn't mind an otocinclius or whiptail catfish resting on/across his back. If they move around too much he'll show them his displeasure with a mild shuffle or a kick with his tail if they really annoy him. Snails are no bother unless they're too large. We had a 3 inch across ivory snail who took quite a few punches to the face for thinking Kazooi was too tasty. I see them in the petstores crammed together under a rock. It makes them look like a fish who enjoys the company of his own so I'm considering getting him (probably a her really) a friend, but I'm sure he'll ignore it if I do. Just like a cat with a new toy playing with the box it came in. "
"K. Kowal (Kama Lethar)"

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