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Catfish have no scales. All catfish, except members of Malapteruridae (electric catfish), possess a strong, hollow, bonified leading ray on their dorsal and pectoral fins, through which a stinging protein can be delivered if the fish is irritated.
Catfish are often described as being nocturnal creatures; in other words they are most active at nighttime. In general terms catfish prefer to dwell at the bottom of an aquarium (or at the bottom of rivers, lakes, streams and creeks etc in their natural environments). There are of course exceptions to this general rule, as some species of catfish occupy the mid to surface water areas of an aquarium, such as the Glass Catfishes and the Upside-down Catfish.
Providing hiding places for them is of utmost importance. With careful planning of your aquarium layout you can not only provide your catfish with hiding places, but you will actually have the benefit of seeing them as well. Suitable materials to use for hiding places include wood, rocks, slate, clean plastic pipe and aquatic plants.
Catfish generally are excellent tankmates for a wide variety of other species of fish.
First order from this website Review by adam
And let me tell u they went above and beyond.
Not only were the fish very healthy when they had arrived but the shipping speed from the moment I received a message to confirm the order had been sent around 14hrs later I received the items.
Great looking fish fitting in very well in my 6ft community tank
Can't wait to order from this site again. (Posted on 14/12/12)
nice looking fish Review by robert
ordered 2 both arrived live and well, love the look of these catfish nice additions to any cummunity tank (Posted on 5/06/12)
great Review by Danielle
this is my favourite fish that i got in my order, he is always out and about, always the first to get to the algae disk, and very friendly. great addition to my tank, ill have to get some more (Posted on 16/11/10)
My first mail order fish! Review by Rozen Maiden
I ordered two of these a few months ago and they are doing very well, despite my rather shambolic attempt at drip acclimation when they first arrived.
They looked a bit like tiny angelic tadpoles (so cute!) and they've grown a lot since I first got them.
I've kept fish for many years, but these are my first bristle-nose catfish. I've found them easy to care for and a joy to watch. :)
If you're thinking of getting them, please read up on their care, and make sure you have everything they need. They probably won't want to eat anything for a day or two after arrival, just make sure they have some driftwood to chew on, and you can always try and tempt them with a blanched slice of baby marrow after a couple of days. Make sure there are plenty of shady/dark hiding spots in you tank.
Very cool addition to the tank. (Posted on 22/10/10)