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Hey CJ, I hope we are good. I kinda feel bad about what happened too.The fish that's in the second video that is at the top of the tank. To me it looks like a catfish with butterflyfish wings. 1:10 mark
Do you have a vid of a tour of your entire fish room? From what I can see it looks amazing!
Right. We must aim to clarify and understand that with gulpers, armatus, ATF, and others.Maybe it's us in the US lol. Armatus for instance. They seem to die at 2' over here but in Asia plenty pass that size apparently
I always thought they should be kept at cooler temps long term, I can't imagine them living in shallow water in the wildIt appears that vast majority of gulper catfish do not survive long in our hobbyist hands. There are so many threads on "Look, I got a gulper!". One in 10 or 20 threads then talks about problems that ensue sooner or later, mostly having to do with skin problems. And there are almost no reports of long-term gulper keeping, in excess of 2-3 years. The only one I can recall is from koltsixx
Some of it must be because people do not have a habit of continuing or finishing the threads they start(the practice I'd dearly love to be changed - you gotta finish what you start). Some must be because their gulpers perish.
Anyhow, I am down to my last gulper and I've not seen this dude eat for many months (doesn't mean it has not eaten but before that they could be very easily observed during feeding time). So, not much hope for this last one.
The two that perished a few months apart were 9"-10" and exhibited the same symptoms - not eating, wasting away (while still swimming around), starting to swim without control, developing redness, then passing, all of this over several months.
IDK why my two became a part of this sad statistics. Perhaps largely marine baitfish diet is no good for them long term. Or my water wasn't soft enough long term. Or, as I hinted above, there is something else, something general to them that we don't appear to know yet. At least I don't.
At first I thought the first that died did so because it was the one that had eaten the 4-line pim catfish. But the passing of the second in the same manner demonstrated it wasn't the case.
Kolt said his gulper too could fast for up to 6 months but has rebounded after.
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Second gulper a few months later:
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Thank you. There may be something in this thought. I need to keep it in mind. One con is these two haven't perished in the hottest times but rather in the coolest. In winter, my water temps are around 72-76 F. Summer highs are 86-90 F.I always thought they should be kept at cooler temps long term, I can't imagine them living in shallow water in the wild