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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Jack Wood - 2006-02-24
Hi friends,
Indeed these fish get quite huge! This presents monetary and logistical problems for would be keepers. One inexpensive way to keep these monster fish happy and long lived is to keep them in a 300 gallon stock tank available at your local farm supply store. The fish look just as great from the top, and you absolutely can't beat the price for one of these tanks! Make sure, of course that the tank is on a solid concrete base, as 300 gallons is very heavy. Also, I've had good success with using bulk catfish food (also at farm supply stores) as a base food. This food is designed for feeding channel catfish in the food industry, so the feed is very nutritionally balanced. Also, you really save the bucks, with a fifty pound bag costing just a few dollars.
These are just a couple ideas for those of us that want to keep these beautiful fish but don't have unlimited means.

jen - 2006-02-15
I have had my red-tailed catfish for over a year now. We call him "Catty". I have him living in a 6 foot long 150 gallon tank with 4 Oscars. Once or twice a month we drain half of the tank and put fresh water in to help keep the tank clean. When my boyfriend and I first got them the Oscars were bigger than the catfish. Now they have grown a great deal but it seems like the catfish is growing much faster and much bigger. He also eats more than the Oscars. We feed him twice a day and his diet mainly consists of large feeder fish(goldfish) and chicken. We are also trying alternatives to his diet because we are realizing his large appetite. We have tried pork and small pieces of potatoes but he doesn't like that. So we are trying other options. We noticed his large appetite when he ate 4 of my apple snails and tried to attack our pleco. We have always hand fed him since he was small because the Oscars used to take his food away from him because he was smaller than them. Now it's totally different. He is huge! But we still hand feed our baby. We also have a large log that we found in the pet store because we realized that the catfish loved to hide especially when it was light out. He always swims around at night or as soon as you shut the lights off in the tank. The log is sort of his safe place when he is not eating. They all remind me of dogs. Everytime you walk into the room the Oscars wag there tails and get happy and the catfish comes right out of his log and comes right up to the top of the tank waiting to get his food. It really makes you smile.

kerry - 2005-12-28
Hi there. ive own my rtcf for 5 years now, his name is Benny and is one of the family. he's 15" long and i feed him a variety of fish (rainbow trout, cod), fruit and vegetables (apple, banana, mushrooms, tomatoes), and also beef and chicken. he loves to have his belly stroked and feeds from my hand. rtcf are hard work to look after. one night we notice Benny wasnt looking to good (shedding his skin) so 9:30 pm was a trip to the pet shop and back home to do a half tank water change (that was one long night). but being the tough fish he is, he pulled through and is happy and health again. Last year we decided to move his tank into the conservatory, to stop any accidents with my son and his bike knocking the tank over. the move went fine, but we've noticed at lot more algae in the tank. Benny doesn't seem to mind and i think its a bit more like home for him (have you seen the colour of the water in the Amazon?.)Although I've owned him for 5 years i am still no expert, but hes happy and health and i'd like to think i am doing a good job. Kerry.

Joel - 2005-12-12
Hi everyone, these huge fish are very big carnivores. They happen to get very big lumps under there belly after they have eating alot of small fish or 1 big fish. I know they get lumps cuz they show pics of them with lumps and my Tiger shovelnose get lumps to. There was a 7 inch Red tail at Pet Paridise. it was there for about 2 and a half weeks then it was gone. i think they gave it to a pet store that has a bigger tank for it. when they got rid of it they put 2 Florida Gars in it and some cichlids in the tank.

wayne - 2005-09-14
Hi, I have owned a red-tailed catfish since February of this year. As time Passe it got very big! It was about 3" when I bought it and now it is about 13"!!! He really became part of our family. He is in a 150 gallon aquarium but soon he will find himself in a 450 gallon.

Eddie - 2005-08-26
Hi I got my 2 Cat fish separately, now living with a snake head a bit smaller than them. unfortunately they fight with each other. Both cat fish are now around 1 foot and the snake head is palm size, but still attacking the cat fish. can't figure out how to separate this fight. I got 4 separate tanks but all other 3 are smaller. The 4 feet tank is rearing tiger barbs and smaller fishes.

mahmoud - 2005-07-23
I have a red tailed cat in a 300L aquarium, and yes dear friends they grow huge. mine is 35 cm long. we do have a large pond I wonder if it can be kept in there along with 6 hunting turtles and 4 gold fish and lots of frogs! mahmoud from Iran.

Frank - 2005-07-16
I'm not sure who the actual breeder is, but I know that the red tailed catfish has recently been bred in captivity. They are a little more expensive because they are so hard to breed. I picked up my red tail for thirty dollars as a 3 inch juvenile. The ones that are bred in captivity are 40 dollars. My catfish is now about 18 inches and is kept in a 300 gallon tank. i am planning on setting up a 500 gallon tank for him soon. I keep him with 6 oscars, one of them is an albino fan-tail and one is a blueberry oscar(its blue)

ken - 2004-12-27
I have a redtail catfish in a tank with a snakehead. They are both pretty good predators. I started out with about 25 south american cichlids (oscars, dempseys, convicts, arrowana) of varied species in a 120 gallon tank fish tank along with the redtail and snakehead. Now there is two! May the best man win! They have co-habitated for some time now and appear to be great tankmates.


Matt - 2004-10-13
I just got a red tail catfish. He is about 4 inches long right now. Wow these things get huge.