Of Catfish, Bully Bettas, and Vacation
See this picture? It may look like the 4" Krusty Krab, but there are 2 3-inch Synodontis ocellifer catfish in there. I have 2 others hiding in the back of the tank. The point is, the ocellifers are bigger than the bettas, but the girls (the 6 fish left in my 29-gallon) harrass the heck out of them! Two of the girls (HELLO Mist and Shade- the 2 most troublesome girls) find where they're hiding and hover around them all day. The catfish are terrified.
Since the cats are nocturnal, I position carnivore bottom-feeder pellets where I think I see barbels, then shut the lights out. After checking, (turning the lights back on 10 min. later)I discovered that the girls are gobbling up the pellets (HELLO again, Mist and Shade!) leaving the cats in hiding.
I'm thinking of buying some small terracotta pots to serve the pellets in. The cats will dart into a cave immediately, but a betta MAY hesitate.
1. Does anyone else have this problem?
2. I'm going away for 5 days next week. How to I keep my oto algae eaters from starving, my ocellifers fed, and keep the bettas from killing themselves eating the others' food?
I fell in love w/ the ocellifers when I saw their pictures & got 4 juveniles. I wish I could enjoy these; I only see the flash of a fin or barbel when they dart into hiding places. They associate me with food, but they won't appear with the bettas around! (And to think I was worried they would gore the bettas w/ their barbs!)
4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.