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thayayballa
07-17-2007, 11:55 PM
i just bought a red tailed catfish. it is about 4 inches. it lives in a 135 gallon with 2 small oscars. what can i feed it? do i have to feed it live food? what other foods can they eat?

thanks

Wolf3101
07-18-2007, 12:00 AM
One of the things about an RTC is that it can and WILL eat most anything it can get into its mouth. Just make sure that your feeding enough so that the O's don't scarf it all down before it hits the bottom. Young RTC's are usually shy and prefur to eat at night when the tank lights are out. cut pieces of market shrimp...frozen krill...and chicken hearts are big favorites with our RTC. She was just over an inch long when we braught her home about 9 months ago. She just hit 14" in length.

Bgonz
07-18-2007, 12:27 AM
Sometimes little guys can be a bit finicky. Live blood worms and small earthworms are never passed up unless the little guy is stressed. Once on that shrimp or smelts should pack on some weight.


Good luck .......

And post some pics :D



bob

Snake_Eyes
07-18-2007, 12:35 AM
In 6 months (or less) it'll be eating the oscars.

necrocanis
07-18-2007, 1:04 AM
blood worms are my fav for baby cats. Cut shrimp or krill are great also!

parker21104
07-18-2007, 8:28 PM
In 6 months (or less) it'll be eating the oscars.
:iagree:

Florencebigfish
07-18-2007, 8:43 PM
I got a new one about 3 weeks ago and he eats about everything. Worms live feeders frozen food. Like they said about anything it will fit in its mouth. Most of them arent to finiky. I fact my jurinies and my red was fighting over two worms tonight and the rtc won so dont get discouraged. Good luck

Nabbig2
07-19-2007, 6:04 AM
In 6 months (or less) it'll be eating the oscars.

Longer than 6 months. But yeah, it might eat the oscars if it grows big enough.

I never knew somebody would have problems feeding a rtc, considering they eat anything and everything lol.

parker21104
07-19-2007, 9:20 PM
well considering the rtc is @ 4" in 6 months that thing could be up 14" easily and in with small oscars those will be dinner soon. heck in 18 months my rtc was 24" eating anything it could put in its mouth including my 12" african tiger fish.

thayayballa
07-20-2007, 12:51 AM
i am thinking about feeding small pieces of shrimp. how much should i feed it and how many times a day? its kind of scared to come out from under the driftwood. should i just let the shrimp sink down near it?

Wolf3101
07-20-2007, 1:14 AM
We got two Oscars at about the same time as we got the tiny 1" RTC (Lucy)
This was 9 months ago and although the RTC is now in the 14" range...the two Oscars have grown as well and are both well over 10" themselves. they are all still in the same tank by the way and will remain so until the size differantial warrants a change...

Lucy may well eventually grow large enough to eat a full grown Oscar but she's NOT going to do it in any 6 months. In reality we're talking closer to 6 years if at all...

The growth rates for the large cats all seem to suffer from what I call..."internet translation" Most of you ladies out there know exactly what I'm talking about..."I knew this guy who's brother had a 12' long guppy in his pond...had 3" fangs and everything...Used to feed it pitbulls..."

necrocanis
07-20-2007, 1:43 AM
Had a 24" rtc eat a 11" oscar no problems. It didn't look like it would fit, but after bashing it repeatedly into the side of the aqaurium he got it down. There wasn't even the tail hanging out. The same rtc at 28" ate a 16" LMB. Don't underestimate their diets or mouth size.

necrocanis
07-20-2007, 1:45 AM
oh, and rtc growth varies between individuals also. As I have stated elsewhere my baby rtc has grown from 1.5" to 10 1/2" in less than 3 months. It is by far outgrowing any catfish I have ever owned. He was 7 1/2" just 3 weeks ago.

doubledragon
07-20-2007, 10:35 AM
Had a 24" rtc eat a 11" oscar no problems. It didn't look like it would fit, but after bashing it repeatedly into the side of the aqaurium he got it down. There wasn't even the tail hanging out. The same rtc at 28" ate a 16" LMB. Don't underestimate their diets or mouth size.

:ROFL: oh, know, what's he doin now, he can't do that, it aint gonna fit,it's just to big, should I stop him, wait he gave up, no he's still doin it, damn what do I do? Oh wait,he's done.... just ate another one.:ROFL: Rtc's don't really care how expensive their next meal is and sometimes it seems like they just don't care how big either.

necrocanis
07-20-2007, 10:13 PM
luckily his meals were free, but I still hated to see them go. It was before I knew very much about fishkeeping. I knew alot about catfish, but not their behavior. I knew mostly anatomical stuff, and now I know both. I was stupid. I was also keeping him in a 125 gal. First fish I owned and the first fish tank. I started monster, and just got more and more monster over the years lol. I think I was in shock that he was able to get it down. He had already killed it before he started to eat it and I was like let's just see if he can do it. Man I was dumb lol. He was raised with that oscar btw.

Nabbig2
07-21-2007, 3:48 AM
well considering the rtc is @ 4" in 6 months that thing could be up 14" easily and in with small oscars those will be dinner soon. heck in 18 months my rtc was 24" eating anything it could put in its mouth including my 12" african tiger fish.

Those oscars would probably reach 6" in that time. Wow, I guess rtcs grow fast. Yeah, if the oscars let the food get to the rtc, the rtc will try to eat them sooner or later :nilly:

thayayballa
07-23-2007, 12:43 AM
how often should i feed it? i dont want it to grow too fast though. right now i am feeding it small pieces of shrimp.

tiersmoke92555
07-29-2007, 12:38 PM
My baby eat pizza, raman, hotdogs and anything else that his the water.