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I’m getting ready to get an order of catfish to quarantine. Since my systems can handle the minimum order and the 300 gallon system will be able to handle quarantine of a fairly large number of small fish I am offering to get a larger order than I need so I can share out to others once they have been isolated for for 3-6 weeks.
Now for stocking catfish, I wouldn’t really push them on anyone with much smaller than a 300 gallon fish tank and I’ve also heard of situations where very small numbers of channel catfish can become aggressive to each other especially if there is already a big guy in the tank and smaller fish get added, the big guy may chase the others to the point that they jump out of the tank.
In a 300 gallon tank with 300-600 gallons of media beds, 30 fish is a reasonable number if you like to grow catfish big (how big will depend on the amount of media beds.) I have grown more in a 300 gallon tank before but as they got big it really seemed over crowded to me and without some form of backup aeration they wouldn’t have survived long with a power out.
Anyway, I’m gonna start collecting orders but probably won’t actually get the fish till early March (I don’t want to freeze the new fish if I can help it.)
Please let me know how many you would like, figure they will be available last week of March or first Week of April for those who don’t feel too much need for quarantine or Later in April (as schedules allow) or even May. For the service of getting the fish, quarantining and providing them in small numbers, I’ll charge $1 per fish just to keep the numbers easy.
If you get them from the farm, they cost less but you have to get a hold of them when they happen to have fish available, they won’t go into the pond for a small order. You also have to talk them into bagging the fish for you, they don’t like to do that with catfish anymore apparently. The minimum order for the smaller fingerlings was 100 fish last I knew or 50 of the larger ones.
Anyway, let me know either here or by message how many catfish you want. (I think aggression may be less if there are at least 15-20 fish in a tank but I haven’t really gotten to experiment with that too much.)