Reading this post by Bas Pels, it dawned on me that there might be an interesting topic on working out what our first catfishes were. Maybe if this one runs I will start another alternative thread entitled, "What was the dumbest fish I ever bought". Anyway, back to first catfish:
my first one was a Pterygoplichthys scrophus in about 1994 (or 95.. cannot remember exactly how old I was.) He quickly outgrew my tank and is still living in the LFS's display tank to this day (atleast that is what the owner states) and he was probably the dumbest one i bought too (only had a 20 gallon tank.)
Mine was a Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps in 1995 as a present for being a page boy at a wedding, and it was earlier this year when he died. Sadly he spent most of his life in a 2ft tank and only his last few years being comfortable in a 5ft tank.
Hey neat topic!! My very first cat was an absolutely beautiful pimelodus Pictus! In 2011!! Haha I'm still a newbie!! But now I have 9 cats! And pimelodus species are still my favorite!
"Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self."
A tandanus tandanus when I was 5-ish, so 1983. I caught it in Lake Glenbawn "Glenbawn Dam" and insisted my Dad let me cart it the 3 1/2hrs and 290klms home and it lived in an old livestock water trough until I got my first real fish tank.
Thanks to that one individual fish I have never been able to eat them. Tandanus cats that is, all other local fish are fair game.
Motorcycles are not an expensive hobby, try keeping L-cats in Australia