List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby fahucker on Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:50 pm

It has the face of a catfish and body of a leopard Pleco but it has a flat head and beak the gills sit behind the side fins I will see if I can't get a pic
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby fahucker on Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:52 pm

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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby Pufferpunk on Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:01 pm

More common name is a Tiger shovelnose catfish.
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby suvattii2012 on Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:40 am

Pufferpunk wrote:More common name is a Tiger shovelnose catfish.



Pufferpunk i notice you have a suvattii in your list, What is it's main diet? Do you feed fish or crabs? How big is he?
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby CoCoPuffs on Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:43 pm

great thread. LFS's need to include more info on every specimen, not just the little smilie faces and such....
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby sgtmyers88 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:42 am

Speaking of Red Tailed Catfish

You better be prepared to have a nice big pond!

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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby RTR on Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:28 am

That is another fish which does not belong in hobby tanks.
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby J-P on Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:09 am

The owner of that pond has a few of these.. he imports North American monster fish to Thailand and they get HUGE due to the warmer weather. I can't remember how many ponds he has but I think it was 6 on each property and owning 2 properties. Both properties are several acres large.

http://www.fishing-in-thailand.com/index.html

I think that is the guy I went with a while back. He has changed the site a bit but the photos are the same. He is a guide and can take you to the "ponds" if you want to do some monster fishing. When I was there I got to see 3 Arapaima in their QT tanks waiting to be released. At that time they were only about 4 feet.
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby shrimpdaddy on Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:00 pm

o wow, i feel bad, iv kept 10 of the 11 the only one i havent is the no. 6 but thats because its illegal. never had a single problem or death with any of them
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby defool89 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:56 am

#600 the dragon goby. Its practically blind and is much a filter feeder. If the filter feeding never gets established some tlc and close hand to baster feeding may be in order. Pretty fish but not for a beginner as i found out.
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby Pufferpunk on Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:42 am

And it's not a FW fish, either.
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby defool89 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:22 am

Pufferpunk wrote:And it's not a FW fish, either.


It is if you're a noob and you belive the people at the pet stores are honest animal loving do-gooders and they say it is. Which most that do carry them will. Brackish isnt too popular of a word in the mainstream as i found out.
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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby RTR on Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:49 am

IMHO & IME a dragon goby is never a novice fish. Keeping one in FW is not at all good for the fish.

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Re: List of freshwater fishes to avoid for beginners

Postby Mango13 on Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:51 am

Neon Tetras. They often die and they will also pick on if not kill other community fish.
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