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"Although these catfish are adorable, colorful, and small when juveniles, DO NOT purchase them for your home aquarium. They attain a very large adult size, and quickly outgrow most aquariums. Unless given a very large, spacious tank/ pond to reside in (think at least 1000 gallons)these fish will suffer when contained in small tanks and eventually die from stress. In my opinion, it is unethical for pet stores to sell this species to novice fish-keepers. It is animal cruelty to keep such an animal in cramped living conditions (it's unreasonable for pet stores to sell these fish to ANYONE). About 5 years ago, someone gave me one of these fish as a gift. He quickly grew from 2" to over 9", and is stuck living in a 90 gallon aquarium which is far too small for him. The slightest movements or sounds can startle him and he often injures himself by bashing into the walls of the aquarium. Worst of all, I can't find him a new home, since almost nowhere has a large enough place for him and because most people don't want/can't care for a large pangasius catfish. So if you see these fish at a pet store, don't buy one...and realize that it's irresponsible for anyone to be selling them in the first place."

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