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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:42 pm Post subject: catfish Reply with quote

 Does  anyone  here  have  any  experience  with  the  Indian  whiptail  catfish...Sisor  Rhabdophorus...?
 all  i  know  about  them  is  that  they  love  fast  currents...prefer  soft  water...and  are  very  skittish...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:47 pm Post subject: Re: catfish Reply with quote

 Where  have  you  seen  them  before?  
 
 The  shape  is  suggestive  as  designed  for  the  rapids.  I  feel,  it  might  be  difficult  to  keep  them  in  captivity,  unless  you  are  careful  in  selecting  the  tankmates.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:52 pm Post subject: Re: catfish Reply with quote

 i've  seen  them  being  sold  in  a  few  shops...not  in  very  good  health....and  very  undernourished...
 
 i  would've  kept  them  with  a  few  hillstream  loaches  in  a  native  setup  meant  for  hillstream  fish...
 would've  been  interesting...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:34 pm Post subject: Re: catfish Reply with quote

 This  is  what  I  have  found  out  about  Indian  whiptail  catfish  Sisor  rabdophorus  Hamilton,  1822.
 
 Generally  from  Ganges  River  drainage  in  India  and  Nepal  (mostly  west  bengal)
 
 Water:  pH  6.5-7.5,  GH  4-10,  temperature  14-22C/57-72F  
 
 Aquarium:  A  fine  sandy  substrate  is  very  much  preferred,  since  these  fish  will  spend  a  considerable  amount  of  time  burrowing  into  the  substrate.  Sisor  typically  inhabit  large  rivers  with  fine  sandy  bottoms  and  fairly  swift  current.  This  species  is  sensitive  to  temperature  and  oxygen  levels,  so  the  water  should  be  on  the  cool  side  and  well-oxygenated,  preferably  with  a  moderate  to  strong  current.  Additional  tank  decor  can  be  in  the  form  of  large  driftwood  and/or  rocks.  A  peaceful  species  that  should  thrive  in  a  hillstream-type  biotope  tank.
 
 Identification:  There  are  several  species  of  Sisor  that  superficially  resemble  S.  raabdophorus  very  much.  Sisor  chennuah,  S.  rheophilus,  and  S.  torosus  can  be  distinguished  from  S.  rabdophorus  by  subtle  differences  in  the  shape  of  the  nuchal  plates  (the  bony  shield  in  front  of  the  dorsal  fin),  and  by  the  number  of  lateral  line  ossicles  (tiny  bones  embedded  along  the  lateral  line)  in  some  cases.  
 
 More  info  at  :-
 
 1.  http://www.planetcatfish.com/shanesworld/shanesworld.php?article_id=141
 2.  http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=13392&genusname=Sisor&speciesname=rabdophorus
 3.  http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/show_article.php?article_id=514
 4.  http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/show_article.php?article_id=602  -->  This  will  give  you  some  info  about  the  Sturisoma  aureum
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: catfish Reply with quote

 Once  again  an  informative  and  impromptu   article  from  Sujoy.  Like  before  I  love  it  too.
 Thanks  Sujoy
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 Banjohead,  where  did  you  see  them  for  sale?  They're  very  hard  to  transport  when  freshly  collected  and  traditionally  don't  ship  well.
 
 I've  seen  a  couple  of  shipments  with  good  survival  rates  lately,  so  people  seem  to  have  figured  out  how  to  ship  them.
 
 They're  not  really  rheophilic  (current  loving)  as  their  shape  might  suggest.  They're  caught  in  the  Hooghly  near  Calcutta,  fairly  slow  water,  and  I've  seen  one  kept  in  a  regular  community  tank  with  great  success.
 
 The  key  is  getting  healthy  specimens  and  getting  them  to  eat.  Start  off  with  live  foods  and  slowly  get  them  to  eat  prepared  foods.
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 ah...thanks  very  much  for  the  info  Joyban.....
 
 they  are  pretty  commonly  available  at  my  LFS  these  days...though  the  only  healthy  ones  I've  seen  were  at  the  wholesale  fish  market  at  Galiff  street....
 
 incidentally...does  anyone  know  where  i  could  by  chance  get  a  rainbow  snakehead...Channa  bleheri....even  if  it  means  shipping  it  to  Kolkata...?
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 C.  bleheri  are  all  exported  out  of  Calcutta...
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 You  can  probably  check  with  Indipets  @  033  24972167  or  our  own  DJ_Rocky.
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