Can You Keep Catfish In Aquariums?
Will catfish survive or grow and reproduce in large aquariums?
I have no idea, but am intrigued by the question. There's a big difference in the breeds of catfish, I do know; however, as far as I've ever known even the 'clean' (type often farm-raised) will keep growing unless killed. Why would anyone want to keep one in an aquarium? Guess we'll both find out!
Catfish are very popular aquarium pets, but they're specific species. Of course you'll see plecos (sucker fish) in every pet store you go to and you might see corydoras, and if it's a really fancy place you might even find things like salt and pepper catfish. Loaches like clown loaches aren't technically catfish but they are related. If you mean can you go out and catch a baby blue catfish or something and keep it in an aquarium that's a whole different question. Although technically you could I wouldn't recommend it, most American catfish continuously grow... not the best idea. Plus I don't know if there would be legal issues involved with that as they are technically wildlife.
A friend of my dads caught a very small catfish and took it home and put it in a large aquarium. They fed it hamburger. They will not outgrow their environment. They will not mate because there is not enough room generally for more than one.
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