Every tropical tank needs a catfish! They help keep the tank clean by eating algae and, as they are bottom feeders, will also eat any food particles that have remained un-eaten by the other fish in the tank. They originate from all around the world, with many of the more popular species coming from South America. Catfish are generally tolerant of a wide variety of water quality conditions and are easy to feed with sinking type feeds, but also benefit from feeding with partially boiled vegetables like pumpkin and zucchini.
Smaller species such as Sucking Catfish, Corydoras and Bristlenose are ideal in community tanks. However many larger species may be predatory, particularly at night and may not be suited to community tanks with small types of fish. Many of the smaller species such as Corydoras, are schooling by nature and are best kept in groups of 5 or more. They also look fantastic swimming around an aquarium in a group!
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR NEW FISH
- Always quarantine your new fish to observe health and behaviour prior to introduction to your main aquarium.
- Make sure you check your water quality in any aquarium before adding new fish. If it is not suitable then do a water change and check pH and GH. You can purchase an easy to use test kit to help you monitor these water parameters.
- Sit the unopened bag in the top of the tank and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes for the temperature to equalise.
- Open the bag and pour fish and water into a bucket. Slowly pour 1 cup of your tank water into the bucket. Repeat this process every 5 minutes until you have doubled the water volume in the bucket.
- After another 5 minutes take your fish from the bucket with a clean fish net and release into your aquarium. DO NOT use the water from the bucket – throw this water away.
- A prophylactic treatment of the tank with Melafix, De Stress and or a broad spectrum anti biotic treatment, can help fish overcome the stress of getting relocated which often can bring illness.
Duty of care.
- Please be aware that all livestock images used are for example only as it is not possible to photograph and publish individual animals.
- eQuaria delivers live fish to local customers only within the Perth metro region.
- eQuaria recommends that all fish are quarantined for a period of 14 days in a separate aquarium prior to introduction to your main aquarium
- The duty of care for your fish passes to you on receipt.