Shane's World Right Arrow Catfishology

General articles from authors who just want to write about catfish in the aquarium and the wild. The 'Catfish Basics' series is especially useful for the aquarist new to the catfish hobby. There are 45 Catfishology articles, listed by popularity. Alternatively, list by latest articles.

Feeding Plecos
Pt 1 • Types of food by Mats Petersson (142472 hits)
The first part of this two part article deals with food preparation and what types of food can be offered.

The yellow seamed “Golden Nugget” – a problem pleco? by Ingo Seidel (74522 hits)
An in-depth on this group of l-numbered plecos that provides solid information for those wishing to keep them correctly.

In Search of the World's Largest Catfish by Shane Linder (68317 hits)
As many heated debates in the forums will testify, there are many catfish species out there that grow well beyond our ambitions to keep them in captivity. Shane goes in search of the biggest of them all.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 2 • Feeding Your Catfish by Chris Ralph (55736 hits)
So, you've got some catfish swimming around in your aquarium. What should you feed them? The same as the other fish? Do all catfish have the same dietary requirements? Of course not! Read on.

Just Say Pleco by Shane Linder (54788 hits)
An introductory look a why we call these fish 'Plecos' and other associated nuggets of knowledge.

Otocinclus - ''Little Monkeys'' in the planted aquarium by D & R Lalkaka (47379 hits)
Originally written for publication in a 'planted aquaria' magazine, this article deals with the taxonomy of these and related species along with some very help advice on acclimatization to the planted tank.

The White Seam Bristlenoses by Ingo Seidel (46324 hits)
The author discusses catfish of the so-called Ancistrus hoplogenys group in depth.

Natural Catfish Aquarium
Pt 1 • Understanding habitats by Shane Linder (43131 hits)
Thoughts on how to make you aquarium more appealing to both you and your catfishes. The first part looks at habitats and how to go about recreating them.

The mysteries of the Blue Eyed Pleco
Pt 1 • Panaque cochliodon by Shane Linder (41885 hits)
In part one, Shane delves into what we know about this enigmatic species.

DIY Blackwater: Make your Own Oak Leaf Extract by Deborah Claro Childress (41766 hits)
A hands-on, how-to article with pictures demonstrating both the fun and the practicalities of this useful fishkeeping project.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 8 • Telling the Boys From the Girls by Shane Linder (40049 hits)
Curious about the gender of your catfish? This introductory articles looks at some of the differences you can expect to find and provides pointers in determining if a successful breeding project might be on the horizon.

The identity of the common bristlenose by Ingo Seidel (36143 hits)
Here the author examines the origins and lookalikes of this commonly encountered but still fully undetermined pleco.

Index of Catfish Study Group Journals by Julian Dignall (33274 hits)
The Catfish Study Group has been publishing its Journal since the start of the millennium. This is an index of all articles in which there can be found many hidden gems.

The Eel-tail banjo catfish Platystacus cotylephorus by Ingo Seidel (32908 hits)
An extraordinary 'frying pan catfish' with a spectacular secretive strategy for care of its young.

Plants and Plecos by Shane Linder (31947 hits)
An introductory look at what plecos will and won't view most of the contents of your superb planted tank as lunch.

Aquascaping for Hypancistrus zebra
Pt 1 • The Perfectionist by Håvard Støre Andresen (30307 hits)
A brief and inspirational look at really hardcore aquaria design for the the zebra pleco.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 1 • Choosing and Housing Your Catfish by Julian Dignall (27321 hits)
So you want some catfish for your community tank? This is the article for you.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 3 • How To See Your Catfish by Chris Ralph (27015 hits)
Many catfish encountered by the newbie, perhaps within their first few catfish purchases will never been seen again once they enter the realms of a well-planet or decorated tank. Here we offer some advice on dealing with the fact that often a catfish is happiest when you can't see it.

Feeding Plecos
Pt 2 • Who eats what? by Mats Petersson (26706 hits)
Overview of techniques used in observing what your pleco eats and information on the diets of various groups.

A catfish keepers guide to dissolved oxygen by Shane Linder (25340 hits)
The importance of DO is often overlooked or misunderstood. As more and more delicate species of catfish become available, understanding this aspect of their husbandry becomes increasingly useful.

Catfish Legends & Lore
Pt 2 • Fishy tales of the namazu (Silurus asotus) by Heok Hee Ng (23361 hits)
Off to the Far East in part two of the continuing seris examining catfish in myth and legend.

Aquascaping for Hypancistrus zebra
Pt 2 • The Rest of Us by Håvard Støre Andresen (23095 hits)
In which Håvard creates authentic and good looking aquaria that are simpler to create.

How to tell a ''real'' from a ''fake'' by Heok Hee Ng (22650 hits)
Discussion and examples of hybrid Synodontis appearing in the hobby.

Natural Catfish Aquarium
Pt 2 • Materials and Techniques by Shane Linder (22439 hits)
The second part of this series tackles some of the practicalities of creating a natural set-up.

Apisto Heaven by Julian Dignall (20962 hits)
Want to see catfish, first hand, in their natural habitats? This article introduces a Brazilian option for the budding aqua-tourist looking further much further afield than their LFS.

Keeping Catfish With Large Cichlids by Chris Ralph (20318 hits)
We are often asked what catfish that can be kept with the larger cichlids, herein lies a few suggestions.

Water Chemistry and the Catfish by Rupert Collins (19840 hits)
A look into the terms often used in aquatic conversations, but sometimes without as much understanding as this article seeks to provide.

Hydroelectric dam constructions in Amazonas by Janne Ekström (17852 hits)
A conservation piece looking at the impact of proposed dam constructions in the Amazon basin that suggests what the hobbyist might do about it.

The Colours of Corydoras by Don Kinyon (17590 hits)
Analysis and comparison of the various colour forms of 'Corydoras aeneus' available.

Fishkeeping Basics by Rupert Collins (16980 hits)
New to keeping aquariums? Start here! An entry level guide for new hobbyists.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 6 • Filtration by Shane Linder (14934 hits)
Each type of filtration has distinct advantages and disadvantages to the catfish hobbyist and this article explains how to choose the best type of filtration for specific type of catfish.

Corydoras 101 by Julian Dignall (13795 hits)
Some common <em>Corydoras</em> to consider as good starter species for anyone interested in starting out with these evergreen, omnipresent and hugely popular catfish.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 5 • The Families of the Order Siluriformes by Shane Linder (12985 hits)
An overview using the latest review of the classification of all catfish families. This article (in contrast to the previous) is a serious must for all catfish fans looking to the wider picture and setting out on gaining some appreciation of the diversity of catfishes worldwide. If you're OK with this article then you're no longer a catfish newbie.

L's Belles - Loricariid Analysis by Mats Petersson (12367 hits)
Graphical analysis of the introduction rate of l-number plecos from inception to mid 2010.

List of original l-numbers by Julian Dignall (12181 hits)
A list of links to PDF format documents of all L-numbers as hosted on the DATZ magazine website.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 9 • An Attempt to Spawn On Demand by Adrian Taylor (10767 hits)
Selecting the Peppered Cory, Corydoras paleatus, as an example, the author discusses the basics of captive spawning attempts and his results with a commonly bred "entry level" species.

The Proper Way To Condition Plecos by Larry Vires (10694 hits)
It's not all cucumber and lettuce you know - the lowdown on what to feed your Plecos.

Catfish Legends & Lore
Pt 1 • How the catfish got a flat head by Heok Hee Ng (10244 hits)
This is a series on folklore and legends from around the world that feature catfishes as their main characters. People usually do not think that catfishes are not prominent (or interesting) enough animals to be featured in folklore, but a careful search reveals that there are still some interesting stories, as the first of this series will show.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 7 • Selection, Acclimatization, and Quarantine by Shane Linder (9464 hits)
OK, so you've seen the fish in a book, you've seen the fish at your LFS. Read this before you make your next move.

Getting into a sticky situation: methods of adhesion in catfishes by Heok Hee Ng (8431 hits)
This fascinating article describes the various devices employed by fast water catfishes to stay put.

On Cephalosilurus nigricaudus and C. apurensis by Wolfgang Ros (8105 hits)
In which the author describes the differences that can be used by the aquarist to identify the former species.

The Catfish Basics Series
Pt 4 • How to spot a catfish geek! by Shane Linder (7774 hits)
We've talked about how to spot your catfish, now follows a lighthearted 'intermission' in the series where Shane (with a little help from others) observes what it means to be well on the way to being a true catfish geek (or, for UK readers, a catfish anorak).

Remote photography of catfish by Håvard Støre Andresen (7586 hits)
A unique "How-to" article on catfish photography from an author whos photographs speak for themselves.

Pimelodid Crosses by Lee Finley (7200 hits)
List of all known hybrids amongst these large amazon predators.

List of original C-numbers by Julian Dignall (3590 hits)
A list of links to PDF format documents of all C-numbers as hosted on the DATZ magazine website.