NANFA-L-- Re: Flathead catfish

Mark (
Mon, 3 Apr 2006 16:15:20 -0400

At 1:34 PM -0400 4/2/06, wrote:
>Does anyone know what might cause a flathead catfish to stop eating
>completely? I've had one since the convention in Columbia, SC but
>recently it has gotten very skinny and will not eat. I have been
>feeding it mostly earth worms and small crayfish. I am worried it is
>on the verge of dying. I've never had a catfish that wouldn't eat
>live food so I am stumped on this.
>Michael Hissom


Is that the fish I gave you? You better not kill that thing :) How
big is the fish? How big is the tank? I have seen them stop eating.
Seems like sometimes it's seasonal. Sometimes they are unhappy.
Definitely go with the clean water thing. If you are feeding
crayish, and they are not being eaten, then they should still be
hanging out in the tank. Those and live minnows would be a good
choice to keep in the tank, so if they don't get eaten, they won't
rot and you'll know what has happened to them... as long as the tank
is covered tightly. Live grass shrimp would be good too. What kind
of filtration is on the tank? Let me guess -- all natural? :)

Conejo Creek drainage
California USA


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