Got a thread topic idea from a post I just made in the flattie forum about the little 8 incher. I've usually off and on kept 10-15 diff species of catfish to the point a room looks like a pet store fish dept. I always wanted a flattie but was never able to get one. Wondered if anyone had much experiences with keeping one for a pet. I had several very beautiful channel cats, looking for another for our pond actually right now, and I also had 3 black bullheads I caught when they where no bigger than a crappie minnow, i finally released them into a buddies pond at 11" those things were viscious and would give my little map turtle's arms and legs heck. I also had a mean little channel i appropriately named Jaws, i had at one point kept a pickerel frog in the 29 gallon with him, he was about 5.5-6" long at the time, frog was a healthy adult, the channel cat grabbed him by the leg, drug him under and into his little catfish cave and drown the frog, he'd try to bite the crap out of you when handfeeding and wasnt the least bit afraid. But i love them for pets too, everything from the goofy upside down catfish to dwarf catfish. When I get a new home and more room I am planning on getting me a South American redtail cat finally, my buddy who had the petshop below my house had a nice big female that he sold when she was at about 40lbs. I bet a baby blue might even be fun.