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    Calophysus macropterus (Vulture Catfish) Questions

    There are a few write-ups on these guys that peg them as being able and willing to take clean chunks out of just about any fish, they're super aggressive, so on and so forth. Hence the nickname of the "machete" catfish.

    Actual hands on owner experience says otherwise, from MFK members in old threads to plenty of other forums. Most report that they've never given any fish any problems and in more then one instance they actually get picked at constantly by other catfish, like Tigs.

    So, any thoughts from anyone here on the Catfish forum? I'm considering getting one but I'm not sure if I should trust it in a community.





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    Wikipedia also labels them as psychotic loose cannon killers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calophysus_macropterus

    Sigh.



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    Smallmouth Bass elindra's Avatar
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    I have 2 of them. Basically they stick together and mind their own business
    Both gets picked on by my similar sized Aguarunichthys torosus aka Bolt Cat/Jelloband Cat
    Very greedy when it comes to feeding though. They absolutely love mp and mackerel (or any silvery strong smelling fish)



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    Is there any truth to their "machete" moniker? As in are they capable of taking clean bites out of just about anything?

    Have you ever seen them attack any of your other fish?



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    Have you seen
    http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...species_id=336
    Looks like it only normally goes for wounded fish.

    Reading topics in the forum on planet catfish only leads me to the same conclusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Combatshock View Post
    Is there any truth to their "machete" moniker? As in are they capable of taking clean bites out of just about anything?

    Have you ever seen them attack any of your other fish?
    Like I said, I only seen them being picked on by other fish and not seen them display any aggressive behavior towards other fish

    So far, the pieces of mp and fish I cut up for them are small enough for them to swallow so not seen any ”machete-like” kind of bites



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    You've been a ton of help elindra. Thank you, very much.

    Do you have any misc comments or thoughts on the fish for a potential owner of one?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Combatshock View Post
    You've been a ton of help elindra. Thank you, very much.

    Do you have any misc comments or thoughts on the fish for a potential owner of one?
    Well, they are a pretty active cat and very cute especially when it comes to feeding.
    They are extremely voracious and will stuff their faces till you see a round belly.

    If you want to keep more than 1, buy them as a group young (ideally when they are less than 5 inch).
    If you only keep one, you may have problems introducing more later.



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    I guess you didn't read my link.
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    I guess you didn't read my post.

    Take the snarky, typical internet pissing contest stuff elsewhere. Thanks much.



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