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November 22, 2011


Lions! Tigers! And catfishes! Oh my!

Wait… That’s not right? Oh well, there may just be a monster hidden under the driftwood of your aquarium. Perhaps, I should recommend watching episode 2 of season one, “River Monsters” on Animal Planet. You’ll find my favorite TV host, Jeremy Wade, angle in a giant Bagarius yalleri- or as locals like to call it, The Goonch. This fish measured 5’7” long and weighed over 160 pounds. Now that’s what I call a monster for all you loving large fish people.

This week, The Wet Spot was able to acquire Bagarius bagarius “Indian Devil Cat”. According to, and I’m not sure if I fully believe it, but, this species only reaches a maximum size of 8”- far from the man-eating ghoul that it’s cousin grows to be. Now don’t worry, you won’t have to feed your beloved ones to your pet. These guys will feed on just about everything from black worms to pellets. I would suggest keeping the pH around neutral and the water very clean. There are only a handful available, so be sure to “hook” them right up, and perhaps with time you’ll be raising a monster…

Bagarius bagarius

Is it a sturgeon? Or is it a catfish? You’ll be amazed to find out that Triplophysa siluroides is actually a loach - one of the largest in the family Balitoridae. Commonly known as the Royal Tibet Loach, these fish inhabit fast flowing, highly oxygenated waters in the mountains. This import is a very first for The Wet Spot, and all of our staff was eager to see this unusual creature feeding on its first meal. Much care is recommended as the Royal Tibet Loach grows to nearly 16”! Young fish can be fed a variety of prepared foods like high quality flake and frozen brine. I will warn you here, adults can potentially eat small fish. I wouldn’t keep them with your beloved Sawbwa resplendens “Naked Rummynose Rasbora”. Chances are they could become a meal later on!

Triplophysa siluroides

Now you know you’ve always wanted to own a dragon. How about adding Tachysurus fulvidraco “Tawny Dragon Cat”? This water dweller may not breathe fire, but it can live outside during the summer months. These wonderful cats can take temperatures as low as 60 degrees. Reaching up to 14”, I don’t think it would be a great idea to keep them with your slow moving koi though. They may not be able to eat them, but they will certainly nibble the fins and chew off scales. It is believed that the juices and meats of these large fish are a great medicinal tonic. Perhaps, this is why the Chinese simmer them into their stews! As a fish keeper I could never eat something I raised!

Tachysurus fulvidraco

This concludes the notes for the week. I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We will return to our regular shipment schedule on Monday. If any of you have any questions or concerns, please ask. I would like to thank Animal Planet for being awesome and continuing our education. Have a great weekend!

Anthony Perry
Sales Manager