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Thank you Silurus, it certainly does seem to be the same beatie. Mine has been the midnight black since I got him a couple day ago. Very dosile, the other didn't even notice it's introduction to the tank.
I hope I get a chance to see it swimming around some. He seems a little odd...it's really a bit of a sad story. My LFS had a batch of these guys in, and thought they had sold them all, however this on had gotten himself wedged in the inside of a hollow ornament. They were forced to smash the ornament open to get him out. He had been in there for quite some time. Every time I went into the store I saw him all curled up inside a rubber tire ornament in a tank with Gold Barbs. He almost never moved. I felt sory for him, and always thought he was a great looking figh. I bougt him hoping he would be happier in an environment with some other cats.
Silurus wrote:They are great cats for the community tank (most auchenipterids are). Plus I like the way they hold out their kinked barbels when they swim around.
The behavior of the your fish is typical for woodcats (auchenipterids). They typically like to find a small crevice to wedge themselves into because that's how they behave in the wild. They will leave their hiding places to come out at night to forage, so I think your fish was actually doing OK in the LFS.
I used to have those back in 1986; a small group of them. They were shy, but became very tame after a while and could be hand-fed. Incredable hearing though; if somebody called me, while I was feeding, or I tried to show my brother; one word, and -WHOOSH- all in hiding.
When kept as a group they can be talkative at night! the first time my tank was grunting, squeaking and buzzing at night, I thought I was loosing my marbles
Later I tried the woodcats with some succes (oh, back for the good ol' days when Dutch LFS weren't allergic to non-pleco's or non-cory's ) these are much moisier and quite disruptive....crazy bunch.
Plan B should not automatically be twice as much explosives as Plan A