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PostSubject: Banjo Cat   Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:50 pm

Could'nt stand Deb making such a good find. Went to Richmond Aquarium two weeks ago and found 3 which they had just got in. Here's some pics of one. Rare to see them as they love to bury in the sand during the day.



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PostSubject: Re: Banjo Cat   Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:12 pm

Wow!!
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PostSubject: Re: Banjo Cat   Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:15 pm

very nice
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PostSubject: Re: Banjo Cat   Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:05 am

Nice! ThumbsUp I checked them out on Planet Catfish and most likely you have a different species than I do. Yours are most likely Bunocephalus coracoideus. (If you recall, mine were B. colombianus.) Very closely related at any rate. I think mine are only found in Colombia.

Now that you have these catfish, you will have to be careful about grooming your sand. Do it carefully, just a heads-up. Smoothing the surface will be okay, but if you need to go deeper use only your fingers and go slowly! Yesterday, while going after a particularly fast trumpet snail, I reached into the sand only to come up with one of my banjos! He laid there stock still, petrified. They do that. Not to worry! Just set them back down gently and they will immediately bury again. Great fish, even if you hardly see them. *lol*

If you can post a pic with a straight down (dorsal) view, that would be great. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Banjo Cat   Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:47 pm

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Nice! ThumbsUp I checked them out on Planet Catfish and most likely you have a different species than I do. Yours are most likely Bunocephalus coracoideus. (If you recall, mine were B. colombianus.) Very closely related at any rate. I think mine are only found in Colombia.

Now that you have these catfish, you will have to be careful about grooming your sand. Do it carefully, just a heads-up. Smoothing the surface will be okay, but if you need to go deeper use only your fingers and go slowly! Yesterday, while going after a particularly fast trumpet snail, I reached into the sand only to come up with one of my banjos! He laid there stock still, petrified. They do that. Not to worry! Just set them back down gently and they will immediately bury again. Great fish, even if you hardly see them. *lol*

If you can post a pic with a straight down (dorsal) view, that would be great. Very Happy

Thanks for the info. They are really weird about letting you pick up. The girl that helped me at Richmond AQ was trying to net then just sifted carefully in the sand and scooped up in her palm. I am careful using vac as afraid to injur one. I'll try to get a photo of dorsal if I can. They are not easy to find let alone photgraph.

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PostSubject: Re: Banjo Cat   Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:08 pm

An old thread but IMO worth resurrecting as the Catfish Convention just ended and these are really cool little fish when you can see them. Usually about once every 2 or 3 months as they stay buried in the sand or under driftwood. Very rare to see in the day time.
BUNOCEPHALUS CORACOIDEUS naturally are found in the Peru Amazon Basin. They can tolerate water PH from 5.8 to 7.8 and Hardness between 2 and 20°dGH so they adapt well to our local water supplies. Temp. range can be 68-80.6°F and they make great Community dwellers and can be kept singly or in groups. They do prefer sand although if your décor has flat rocks raised about 1/2" for them to get under they will do quite well. In Nature they are found several inches below sand or under leaf litter found in streams. Mine have survived well in both Black Beauty Blasting sand as well as Pool Filter Sand.
Feeding quite simple as they find most prepared food that finds its way to the substrate, however bloodworm and sinking catfish pellets are best.









What looks like a little stick or debris ( in foreground) is usually the only way to spot these guys. Normally they are completely under the sand and you have to carefully sift for them.




I think I still have 2 of the original 3 I purchased (1 sadly succumbed to Bloat). Last I saw them was about a month ago

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PostSubject: Re: Banjo Cat   Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:27 pm

PAW had a few of these yesterday for sale.
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PostSubject: Re: Banjo Cat   Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:41 pm

Great photos, Ron! ThumbsUp
This thread is now linked to our article, here:
http://cvas.forumotion.com/t1206-banjo-catfishes#14968

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PostSubject: Re: Banjo Cat   Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:34 am

Cool thread. I once own several Banjo Catfish. I enjoyed keeping them even though they do hide a lot. Trying to find them in the tank was part of the fun... Smile

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