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Tandanus Catfish 4-5cm (tandanus tandanus)

Tandanus Catfish 4-5cm (tandanus tandanus)

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The eel-tailed catfish, Tandanus tandanus, is a freshwater fish native to the Murray-Darling river system of Australia. The scientific name for eel-tailed catfish comes from an aboriginal name for the fish - Tandan - which Major Mitchell recorded on his 1832 expedition.

It was originally found in most freshwater habitats of the Murray-Darling river system except for the upland, sub-alpine and alpine headwaters of southern tributaries. It is also present in speciated but undescribed forms in several east coast systems in northern New South Wales due to natural river capture events.

Eel-tailed catfish have a downturned mouth with fleshy lips surrounded by a number of "whiskers" which assist them with feeding. They are a solid, almost cylindrical, elongate fish, with the posterior half of their body tapering into a pointed eel-like tail. A continuous fin margin surrounds this tapering posterior half of the body. Their eyes are small. Colouration is variable but most commonly a mottled greyish-purple colour. These guys can grow up to 60cm. But usually only get to 25-30cm in a Aquarium.
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Customer Reviews 15 item(s)

Grabbed one of these a few months back. Arrived in great condition.
Put him in a cold water bath pond with my assorted goldfish. Turns out, they adopted him. Hides well.
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Review by Lols / (Posted on 29/12/2018)
Grabbed one of these arrived in a few days great condition living with a Barramundi eveyones happy love the Tandanus catfish
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Review by Glenno / (Posted on 16/05/2016)
customer rating from Perth W.A.
Bought 1 Tandanus Catfish, very happy on arrival, loving the tank, once again very happy with speed of delivery, will highly recommend Live Fish.

Happy Perth
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Review by stephen / (Posted on 5/03/2015)
Perfect :) got one of these little fellas and he showed up in great condition and settled in very quickly. Fast delivery
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Review by Chris / (Posted on 20/07/2014)
Nice Cats
Great looking catfish I ordered 5 to go in with my perch and keep the bottom of the tank clean, all 5 arrived alive and well and are now doing their job. Thank You :)
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Review by Cristin / (Posted on 13/07/2014)
Native Catfish - Tandanus tandanus
New fish arrived from (All arrived Fit and well)

Received 3 x Tandanus tandanus (Eeel Tailed catfish) and 100 x Native Freshwater shrimp.
Star Track Express picked up from Bundaberg 04 June 2013, 14:49PM and they arrived at my home in Sydney 06 June 2013, 09:55

That's a good delivery time, bust best of all, The Catfish and Shrimp arrived alive and well (No casualties).

Live were even good enough to add a small heat pack that kept the little Catfish warm and happy.

This is my third order from Live fish and I'm now a permament customer., thankyou for making all my purchases a pleasure; you guys are the live fish experts in Australia.


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Review by JAMES / (Posted on 6/06/2013)
Love them
I love my tandanus catfish. I put one in the tank from a pet shop here in Ballarat with one from live fish. Sadly the one from the petshop died. Tandanus will eat all most anything you give them and are fine with temperatures as low as 5 degrees (winter in Ballarat is about -10 degrees right now)
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Review by The Dominator / (Posted on 9/07/2012)
I ordered from liverish several months ago. The tandanus are lively and energetic. Don't keep with fish with scales or that are small enough to fit in your catfishes mouth as they will be eaten. My catfish enjoyed eating my goldfish so he's with another tandanus right now.
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Review by The Dominator / (Posted on 4/06/2012)
Still great
Ordered 2 fish 6 months ago sadly 1 died but other is alive and happy. BE AWARE these catfish are poisonous and could really harm you so when cleaning the tank put them in a separate tank
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Review by The Dominator / (Posted on 22/03/2012)
my 2 catfish arrived in 3 days and were both alive and healthy
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Review by the Dominator / (Posted on 23/11/2011)
my 2 catfish arrived in 3 days and were both alive and healthy
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Review by the Dominator / (Posted on 23/11/2011)
great fish
doing very well
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Review by josephine / (Posted on 6/01/2011)
tandanus great fish,but be aware...
ours is now 10" long- watch out with smaller mouth size fish tho- they're sucked before either if them now it! A clumsy sort of fish, as they get bigger gets harder & harder to restock with smaller fish as they are inadvertantly eaten :(
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Review by Lochlann / (Posted on 20/12/2010)
Yep - Good Service
Ordered 10 tandanus and they arrived, all fish alive and well.
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Review by Chillidude / (Posted on 21/10/2010)
Great Fish, Good Service.
Fish arrived in just two days - 4 in excellent healthy condition, sadly 1 dead however live fish promptly provided a gift certificate to full amount of fish with bonus added credit.

great website, excellent communication via e-mail + track and trace

Look forward to purchasing from you again.
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Review by Sam / (Posted on 21/09/2010)