These fish are very nocturnal. You have to have plenty of cover for them to scavage during the day time if you hope to see them in action. I'll drop blood worms in the tank for my banjo and he'll spend a few minutes swimming around feeding. Very cool fish and dont be fooled, they get pretty big. I feed mine ghost shrimp, carnivor pellets, blood worms and even algae waffers. Hes growing fast. Hes doubled in size in jus a few short months and isnt slowing down. Very docile fish and safe on plants to.
I adopted one of these guys a few weeks ago from someone experiencing some general tank problems and decided to tear down. I have seen it once since then, when I tore down the tank to rehome everything to the nice big tank I recieved from the same woman who gave me the fish. I had to take everything else out and carefully observe the sand bed for gill action. My specimen will also tense up and sit still when disturbed; so, no nets necessary and no rediculous fish chase...
I loved my banjos, but I noticed no one has said this... They will become predatory on very small fish when they get to be large. They are usually small, skinny, and docile when you buy them, but mine tripled in size in a couple months, and I noticed they would "hunt" in packs at night. They were mostly satisfied with eating my ghost shrimp and algae pellets, but I noticed they ate a small cardinal tetra from time to time. Just be wary of this if you are thinking of adding banjos to your tank. I recommend that you get multiples (3 ), as they tend to borrow in the general vicinity of each other during the day and feed together at night. I noticed a positive difference in their nocturnal behavior when I increased to 6 from my initial 2.
Just got one of these after toying with the idea of having one. They are like everyone says VERY reclusive so if you're hoping to see them out a lot, it probably won't be the fish for you. They like sandy substrates to bury themselves in. They also do "play dead" sometimes when startled. So watch for small movement before deciding if it has passed or not. However this makes catching them a snap once you find them. You can literally let them sit in the palm of your hand in the water and they won't move. Really interesting catfish overall.
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