wierd catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL FLORIDA TALK' started by armyfisher, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. armyfisher

    armyfisher Member

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    i went down to the St. Cloud area to my cousins ranch, and we were driving down the road to grab some breakfast when we see a group of people sitting on the side of the road throwing cast nets into what looked like a drainage pool. well needless to say they were pulling up these catfish that i aint never done seen before. they were all black with armour like a gar, i guess from what i heard they are called armoured catfish. i live in Fort Gordon GA and hav't seen or heard anyone catching um, are they indigenious just the flordia area, well if ya got any insight or know if they are up in GA let me know. Thanks a lot brothers keep um lines wet and enjoy what we brothers do best FISH:smile2:
     
  2. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    There are over 50 species of armored catfish native to the streams of South America but have become established in Florida living in steams, canals and ponds. They now occur in Florida after being release from aquariums. They don't appear to be causing in trouble with any native species. These are small fish rarely growing larger than two foot long and they are members of the Callichthyidae family. Armored catfish have been known to travel over land for considerable distances! They walk by pulling themselves with the pectoral fins. They have a secondary breathing system such as lungfish, gar, or bowfin do, in which air is swallowed and the oxygen from that air is taken up by a network of fine capillary blood vessels in the wall of the intestines.Armored catfish live almost exclusively in moving water and almost never in standing water. They feed on small animals such as water fleas and small pieces of carrion. They are mostly active at night when they root around the bottom looking for food. Atleast one member of this family of catfish has a mouth that forms a sucker which is used to cling to stones and water plants. This allows the catfish to hold onto stones even in strong current while feeding on the algae from the stones surface!Very little is known about the breeding habits of the armored catfish since even in captivity none have been seen breeding. The female will deposit as many as 250 eggs on a stone where they adhere. The young hatch on one week.
     

  3. bad apple

    bad apple New Member

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    i would say that to be a plecosomous which is an algae eater...
     
  4. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    just what i was fixin to say, u beat me to it
     
  5. catgetter1

    catgetter1 New Member

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    Ditto, Had many a plecocats over the years, in my fishbowls..............:cool2:
     
  6. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    yep that is what i thought but its what showed up when i searched but the other post of armor catfish i seen is it for sure crazy looking thing
     
  7. reeftank

    reeftank New Member

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    there is 1000s of them in the silver river in ocala fl
     
  8. reeftank

    reeftank New Member

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    i have got them out of the river small like just out of egg