Stories of Our Fish

All the Fish Stories below are accounts of our own live, ongoing, 1st hand experience of keeping these fish:

Catfishes: Silurids

Catfishes: Pangasids

Catfishes: Bagrids

Catfishes: Pimelodids
(South America)

  • Firewood catfish, Sorubimichthys planiceps: many peers report, us included, that youngsters are hard to raise and suffer a lot of losses. They are also very hard to keep long term properly in captivity. They grow up to 5ft & need at least 20x20ft enclosure, otherwise they run into walls and break their snout. Their metabolism is far faster than average, requiring more frequent & heavier feeding. They grow very fast 1.5″-3″ a month & opposite to other big cats don’t really slow down past 2-3ft. They are highly predatory & can be aggressive to tank mates. Activity level is average for such catfish.

Catfishes: Doradids
(South America)

Catfishes: Auchenipterids
(South America)

10″ Gulper ate an 8″ herring
12 inch, 5 years old Trachelyopterus galeatus

Catfishes: Ictalurids
(North America)


Catfishes: Miscellaneous

  • Electric catfish, Malapterus electricus: very hard to raise to sizes past 1ft for a hobbyist. Personable, smart, interactive, very easy to feed, so care should be taken in feeding the right and complete nutrition package. Traumatogenic, adults can generate up to 350 V.


Perches: Cichlids

Some kind of hybrid, cyanoguttatus x carpintis
  • Pike cichlid, Crenicichla sp: an easy fish in a community of medium sized tank mates.


Flagtail red-fin
Flagtail yellow-fin


Tor khudree
  • Bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus: a well known staple in our hobby. Extinct in the wild, remains only in captivity. Assertive. Can be aggressive to smaller, timid tank mates in smaller tanks. Good candidate for large tanks and tankmates. Grows to over 1 foot.



Miscellaneous fish

40″ West African lungfish