Every tropical tank needs a catfish! They help keep the tank clean by eating algae and, as they are bottom feeders, will also eat any food particles that have remained un-eaten by the other fish in the tank. They originate from all around the world, with many of the more popular species coming from South America. Catfish are generally tolerant of a wide variety of water quality conditions and are easy to feed with sinking type feeds, but also benefit from feeding with partially boiled vegetables like pumpkin and zucchini.
Smaller species such as Sucking Catfish, Corydoras and Bristlenose are ideal in community tanks. However many larger species may be predatory, particularly at night and may not be suited to community tanks with small types of fish. Many of the smaller species such as Corydoras, are schooling by nature and are best kept in groups of 5 or more. They also look fantastic swimming around an aquarium in a group!
The following are Care Sheets for some of the key fish in this group
Catfish General Overview
Albino Bronze Corydoras
L number Catfish
Phantom Glass Catfish
Catfish Upside Down