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    bullhead catfish

    Discussion in 'Cold Water, Temperate and N.A. Native Fish' started by njackson, Sep 22, 2008.

    1. demjor19

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      That sounds about right! I am raising a small one right now. He's almost 2" now and just as lazy as any of the others i have kept. Nature of the beast i guess.
       
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      that's why they dont need very big tanks. i'd say a 75g min for 2 of the smallest. i think theyre snailheads and only get like 6''
       
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      Not all bullheads are lazy, some bullhead can be actively all day. I got a yellow that never stop swimming around in the tank, all he thinking is food. And snail bullhead can reach more than 10 inch long depends on what conditions, therefore 75 isnt ideal for house a pair of snail bullhead. And sometimes bullheads dont get along each other bullheads. In fact my yellow bullhead have killed 8 black bullheads, a 12 incher channel catfish, his own sister and a stonecat when my yellow bullhead is 10 inch long. The bigger space of tank, the better for a pair of snail bullhead in case theres fighting going on.
       
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      It is hard to answer i spose because you will have diff personalities. I have had a tank with 8 bullheads mized species, all over 8 in long. Only in a 37 gallon tank. You may say that is too small but they lived for about three years before i let them go. Never lost one.
       
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      75 gal is wat i would use
       
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      I read yesterday, you don't need a license to keep in a tank, the license is a general license the shop get to sell them which covers you to own them, whether the shop then charge more to cover said license, which I imagine is inevitable, I'm not sure. Sorry for digging up an old post but they are legal to own provided you've bought them from a shop that has a license to sell them, that license fee the reason most shops probably won't sell them. Absolutely gutted myself to be fair, only type of cold/temperate fish I'd keep if they were more available
       
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      My 12" mottled bullhead, grew out and lives quite comfortably, in a 90gal for the past 4 years. I would have no problem housing it in a 55gal with another.
      My BH is not lazy at all, constantly cruising every part of the tank. It does have it's favorite corner when it thinks I come to feed. Mine isn't aggressive towards tank mates nor is it submissive either.
      Here's an older pic from 3(?) Years ago
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      I have a Yellow Bullhead (Ameiurus natalis) caught in a local pond (in Maryland). It's alone in a 40 breeder with massive filtration (an overhead or "dump" filter and a big sponge).

      It's about 10-11" and pretty active, especially when it sees me or my kids (and associates with food). They're supposed to max out at about 15". Might move it to a bigger tank then but seems happy where it is!

      As they're not tropical, we keep ours in the 40s (F) in the winter....

      Really cool fish!

      Matt
       
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      Like I said, it doesn't stay still. I just tried to get some pics, but the low lighting and constant swimming made it nearly impossible with a cell phone. Here's the bedt I could do
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