Animal Stories - Red-tailed Catfish

Animal-World Information about: Red-tailed Catfish

Big and beautiful, the Red-tailed Catfish is an enormous attraction!
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shawntell - 2010-07-17
I saw one down in Boston and that thing must have been 6 feet long and weigh a LOT.

fish man - 2010-03-01
I bought a redtail off my friend. I had him for like a week now, he's doing fine but he just won't eat? What wrong? Is it because he has to get used to the new environment?

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  • AL RIVERA - 2010-03-23
    They take time to adjust to their new environment,when they do they will eat like no other fish you have ever seen! They take time to adjust to their new environment,when they do they will eat like no other fish you have ever seenDo not feed this fish too much, small portions are recommended.
  • motasm - 2010-05-26
    They need some time may be a week so don't worry.
noemi - 2010-02-23
i got one and its medium sized
and it plays in the tank with the decorations, it's so cute!

d - 2010-01-21
I would try killing the feeding fish first, mine seems to eat very good.

ml - 2010-01-19
I have six of them at 3in and they eat very well.

Keith - 2009-05-17
I have a 24inch redtail. I just noticed mine doesn't eat much during winter months even tho temp doesn't change. They seem to sense it. If the water isn't clean enough they won't eat also. I live up north in CT. If amonnia goes up their appetite goes down.

Rene - 2008-12-13
I got a 200 litre fish tank complete with one 25cm redtail, one 15cm pleco and a smaller pleco also. I have just added 4 parrot fish and so far they all seem to get on. When I just added my parrot fish the redtail used to like chasing them around the tank but now he leaves them alone. I feed him koi pellets every morning and I alternate between bloodworms and algae waffers every evening. He gobbles up his food and then tries to eat all the other fishes food as well. He is a wonderful fish and I only hope he does not get too big for the tank. I just want to know if I'm over-feeding the redtail.
You have a wonderful site full of great info

Delshawn Christian - 2008-08-24
I own 2 RTC and have had them for about 1.5 years. I have them in a 220 gal tank with a Florida gar. They are big red (2ft) and little red (16 in), and get a long ok. They were housed with 4 Oscars, the gar and each other in a 125 gal tank before I moved them into the 220g. I love these fish because they grow so fast and eat anything. I feed them pellets, hamburger, shrimp, feeders, crayfish and earthworms which is their favorite. RTC are great fish to own but need very big aquariums to be housed in.

tkong - 2008-06-07
I wonder what is the best filtration system to use for a rtc. I think either a wet/dry filter or canister, but question which one is better and is a 370 gallons good enough.

Donna-Marie - 2008-05-05
My Boyfriend & I have a 13" red-tailed Catfish called Reno. I still have the pictures of him when we brought him home in his little petshop fish bag at about 3" long, approxs 10 months ago. We have just gotten him an 8foot x 2 x 2foot tank to play in, but he's still wondering where his old 4foot home has gone! Bless him - I'm sure he'll do some exploring soon to see the rest of his buddies that he lives with. Reno is Amazing and we're happy that he's got more room to play in now. But now he looks teeny in the massive aquarium, but that won't last long I'm sure!

He does take food from our hands but after reading other peoples experiences with their RTC's I'm a tad jealous as I'd love Reno to be as playful and have toys etc.... SO, I would like some advise pleeeeeeease!!

We would like to know:
- what sorts of Fruits and veggies people feed RTC's?
- What sort of Toys do you put in the tank for the RTC's to play with? One person said his played with a ball - does the ball sink or float? How big is it/what type of ball is it?

Hope someone can help me! Many Thanks.