Last week I was out at the lake and caught a baby catfish less than 2 inches long and decided to keep it. I was having trouble finding something that he would actually eat until today. Regular fish flakes were not working. Today I went to the creek and caught about 10 small minnows and put them in the tank with him. I left and came back and within 4 hours there were only 8, so I took the rest out. How many should he have each day, or should it even be one a day?
Hi there bajaoffroad01,
The beauty of live food is that it won't polute your tank (by rotting), so you can keep it in there with the fish. The other thing is that he will only eat what he needs.
I'd be tempted to leave the fish in with him so he can get food as needed.
However if it gets too bothersome supplying live food all the time, the time to switch them to frozen food or pelllet or flake is when they are young.
Do this by feeding some live minnows (try some worms too..maybe?) and some dead ones, then mixing that up with dead minnows and some pellet/flake and some frozen blood worms. If it doesn't take to the pellet, try periods (days of fasting) before feeding pellet/flake.
BTW Fish can go days without eating, but conversly having a full belly (esp. when young) is a good thing too. Fish are very flexible creatures like this,you will get to know its habits/limits.
Now because your fish is from the wild, it might be a good idea to de worm it and keep on eye out for other disease. Your ;local pet store should have a good dewormer (what country are you in?). However if you are going to keep feeding it food from the wild, you risk giving it disease each time . You can get live "clean(er)" feeder fish from many pet stores.
I've taken many a fish from the wild over the years...I like big fish!!
Do you know the species BTW?
I think it is a channel cat, way too small for me to tell.. but the lake is known for channel and blues. I went to the local pet store today to find out what he will eat and they were going to sell me frozen blood worms and guppies until i told him that i had a creek just feet from my back door. He said just feed him the minnows for now if that is what he will eat. I caught these in seconds, its much faster than buying food.
If you want it to be a pet (I get attached to my fish) you would do well to get him wormed. There are loads of off the shelf stuff for that and maybe go broad spectrum and treat for bacteria and parasites too. Praziquantel and levamisole are great for this and put some metronidizole (flagyl) in the tank at the rate of 200mg/50 litres (1 gallon = 3.8 litres)...of cause it's up to you.
Like I said, you will always run the risk of infecting it with stuff like wild caught minnows. If you do treat him, then garden worms, moths, meal worms are disease free (they aren't aquatic).
Or breed your own minnows, also bred your own meal worms...just put some in a bucket of bran and they'll turn into beetles and then keep producing meal worms endlessly, so long as you freshen up the bran.
BTW Channel cat!! So you're in the US, they're illegal in Australia, I'd kill to have one. I don't know the blue cat I'll look that up on google.
I will look into treatment tomorrow. Thank you. Yes im in the U.S, that is crazy to hear they are illegal where you are.. Its one of the main cats here in these lakes. I plan on keeping this a good while. Once it gets too big I will have to pass it on or let it back into the water. I dont have room for anything bigger than a 20g tank. What other fish could i keep in the tank with him right now? I like the idea of breeding my own minnows for him.
You know I once saw a channel cat in Australia it was $1000 and, take it that day or leave it (incase I told the authorities, if I had a grand I would have bought it...LOL), but it was far too big for 20 gallons though.
I understand and respect why so many fish are illegal here, but I know I'm responsible and would never let anything like that go, so I would make an exception for myself...Hmmmm.
But one reason why we can't have things like that here is the platypus. This is actually a very sensitive aquatic mamal (that lays eggs???? how rare is that) that fish like channel cats could harm...so it's cool.
At 2" you could keep many things with it, baby perch or bass, carp, redfin (do you have redfin there?)...is it in cold water?...which state are you in, is it cold or warm?
If I live in the US I'd have alligator gars...but you always want what you can't have!!!
BTW NEVER RETURN IT TO THE WILD, YOU COULD TAKE DISEASE BACK WITH IT!!
I caught two gar about 3" the same day I caught the catfish. I don't know if they were alligator or long nose, again way to small to tell. either way they grow entirely too fast so I put them back. Soon I will try to find a friend to put in with my catfish but for now he is fine with his temporary company.
$1000 huh, that's too much money for any catfish. I understand the safety reasons to why fish are not legal though. There are a few types of fish I hope to never see around here.
I caught myself a baby catfish in 2005, he was so cute but I didn't know what to feed it either. I got him some tropical fish flakes from Walmart (the blue pkg) and he seemed to be okay with that. I upgraded him as he got bigger from a tiny betta bowl to a larger one. Then to a ten gallon tank. Later, I placed him in my 40gal. (by then he was 2 1/2 inches long) and he started eating my other fish. He was friendly and neat, always showing a bit of character. He ate dried shrimp, minnows, fish flakes, etc. He became picky and wouldn't eat live food, just kill it, maybe just being territorial. His two favorite foods were bullfrog tadpoles (he liked to pop them??) and fresh fish fillets from the market. He died tonight, I buried him just before I started reading this, but I guess you can't have a Channel Catfish in Southern Arkansas for very long.
We caught 19 baby catfish. The do great on shrimp pellets from walmart. They also go crazy over regular white bread! I've had them about 3 months and they are growing fast. I also bought a live plant for the tank and algea tablets as they need to eat organic matter. Good luck!
Yes, I have a black-bull-head catfish (Mr. Jenkins). He is over a year old now and I feed him Gambusia(minnows). When I first caught him he was 4 inches long then over a few months he ate all my fish, and he was 5 inches. Today he is 9 inches long! Eventually all the small fish I was feeding him went away for the winter. Now Mr. Jenkins eats shrimp pellits from wal mart.
Haha, just finished feeding our catfish when I came across this site while looking for breeding info. We have 9 in total between 2 tanks. Caught them last summer, all about 3-4" at the time. They are getting so big, about 7-9" now and they are eating machines! Mostly feed them Cichlid medium floating pellet food. Tried Cichlid Carnivore sticks, which they like, but makes a mess in the water faster. Many trial and errors, such a introducing a couple pollywogs, (thinking they could help clean the tank hahaha ) but one of the catfish inhaled them immediately! Yes, we did minnows too, but once again, a big mess. They do love worms too, just make sure they aren't the little skinny ones(fish worms), cause if you have rocks in the bottom of your tank, the worms get down in there and "hide" We have to clean our tanks regularly because it is required with these guys. It really is fun watching them, you can see the pellets in their bellies after eating, they swim around like synchronized swimmers, and they do tend to splash around alot, so careful what you leave under their tank! We will be taking them back to their home on our first camp/fishing trip this spring, as they are getting too big for the tanks Well, I might try to keep 2 in the large tank, a male and female hopefully
Hatchi bug-How old was yours when it died cuz I caught one that is about a half inch long and it's been eating various meats and I was just curious how long they live to
I caught 100 out of my creek about a 3rd of an inch long with one swipe! They were in what I call a fish ball. I have them in a aquarium and they are really slow at picking up what food is now that they aren't in a mudhole. I bought the Walmart shrimp pellets and I hope they work. My question is how many if this size can a 20 gallon tank support?
I went to a lake a I caught three tadpoles and four baby catfish from the lake. idk wat to feed them tho. ik that the tadpoles eat bloodworms and algea. that's wat Im feeding them right now. plz help
Well I have a baby cat fish too and it is kind of a funny story how I got him(I named him Mr.BigMoth because cat fish are known to have a big mouth) my dad went to buy minnows and he came with the minnows. Any ways I feed mine baby guppies and I feed him 2 every other day
Since your catfish is still small, you can try feeding it bottom feeder tablets.
I have a baby channel cat that i got in January and when he was around 1 or 2 inches, i would feed him broken up algae wafers and small minnows and now i feed him Hikari carnivor pellets and minnows and bloodworms