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K. Kowal (Kama Lethar) - 2007-08-24
The spotted raphael is quite nocturnal and likes to be left alone. He greatly voices this if you pick him up or net him for transport by raking armor plating along his underarm along the side of his body. Be careful when handling a raphael as they don't like the company quite the same as a banjo catfish. If they thrash in your hand they can hurt you via the points on their body armor or with use of the long...really long spike under each arm. The raphael can cram its body into seemingly impossibly small spaces. Once they're in place they puff up their large round belly to fill up the voids in the cavity. All a predator sees is a spotted black wall of spikes. This can also make it difficult to get them moved into a new tank. They will remain wedged in their spot even when pulled from the water so be careful when cleaning your tanks/caves/plastic-decor. Other than that...just about the coolest looking fish out there. I'll be investing in a moonlight fixture so I can see him more often. Finally, since the group move from a few 10 ga.s and a 20 ga. into a 55 ga. I've lost two fish to mysterious attack. A marthae marbled hatchet (belly ripped out) and a rummynose (decapitated). These appear to be ambush attacks. I'm still working on the appropriate volume of food for this new 55 ga. so whomsoever (probably Raph) killed them did so out of hunger. Just keep them well fed and make sure they get their own food by feeding a little extra after the lights go out.

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  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-24
    Yes these fish can be predatory ( my spotted raphael is going to be the smallest fish in my 55 gallon long with 6 dojo loaches,1 pleco and 2 african brown knife fish).And about the spine thing... I will have to be careful of that (my favorite method of catching fish is to stick my hand into the bag and picking them up)Oh and about my banjo cat... he LOVES to be picked up and interacted with.Overall the Raphael cats are a LOT like banjo cats. Knife Fish Lover-
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Simone Konieczny - 2013-02-16
My Spotted Raphael Catfish are, as of October 2012, 27 years old. The next one is 24 and the youngest one is now 19 years old. I find most web sites say 'your lucky if they live past 7 years'. Apparently that cannot be normal except if the fish aren't well looked after. I got all 3 fish from different sources at less than one inch in size so it cannot just be a fluke that mine are the ages they are. If anyone else has the same breed and older than 20 years (the fish), I'd love to hear about them. Thanks. Simone­čÉč

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-16
    Wow, those are really long-lived fish! I don't have any personal experience keeping them, but I would like to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience.
  • Riley Krout - 2013-09-02
    I have one in my 5 Gallon Grow out tank, it`s like 1.9-2 inchs. He wont leave the rocks... I`ve only seen him out once one night. I have a question though, can someone tell me how to get it active?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-02
    Those are some long lived catfish Simone. We have an upside down cat that has been living with a peacock eel for about 17 years, so it must be if they're well kept, they live long. And Riley, these guys are nocturnal, so nighttime activity is what they mostly do. Maybe get a red bulb (from the reptile section of a pet store) to watch your tank at night.
  • Geoff - 2013-09-12
    I purschased my spotted catfish in 1994 - and he is still going strong!
  • Gary Wolz - 2013-12-15
    My husband has a spotted cat that is 23 years old. He moved across town with us in the aquarium in about an inch of water 22 years ago. Cloaking the whole time. He is now as round as he is long. He has outgrown his hiding place several times over the years and my husband has to rearrange the rocks to fit him. People don't believe us when we tell them he is older than our daughter.
  • Jade Rose - 2013-12-23
    Hello, we have a catfish, spotted Raphael, she's around 34 years old, my dad has had her since he was a young teen, she hardly comes out of her log, unless its for food,  she's around 5-6 inches long and around 2inches or so wide
  • Tony - 2014-06-29
    My Spotted Raphael Catfish is almost 19 years old now. His name is Clod because of the way he bubbles around. Just like everyone else has said, he really comes out of his cave. That is till today. I bought a few new fish to replace one's that live past their normal expectancy. One of those fish is a small pleco. Clod didn't seem happy when his cave was invaded and swam out to settle on top. To my amazement the pleco started cleaning Clod. When he was done and swam away Clod scurried right back into his cave.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-24
    Riley,These are not active fish.But you might be able to by feeding him in the day.Hope this helps ;). Knife Fish Lover-
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-24
Hey guys,Knife Fish Lover here ;).So,can u guys give me info on these catfish (i would really like to add them to my 55).

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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-23
Can i keep a banjo catfish in a 10 gallon aquarium without tankmates?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-24
    See the Setup section above, it has tanks size as well as other necessary tank parameters.
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Anonymous - 2012-01-05
WHERE CAN I GET ONE?!?!?! every online store I go to is sold out or don't have them and I don't know any pet stores near fairfax county that have them. Can you give me a website or address?

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  • bassmasterpro - 2012-10-28
    i have a bud that owns a HUGE aquarium store and i can get yall one half off
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-23
    Ebay,that's where i got mine (who is happily living in his own 10 gallon).
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-22
Can one of these live in a 55 gallon long,with:6 weather loaches,2 african brown knife fish,and a spotted raphael catish?Liveaquaria says 50 gallon min. but this sight says 125 gallon,who should i belive??????

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  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-22
    Ok,thanks.But do you know of any spiny eels that can live in a 55?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-22
    Did you read the description of this fish above, these bad boys reach 27.6 inches (70.00 cm)! There are many variables with fish, and one of them is the size it is when you purchase it from a supplier and the size it is as an adult. Suppliers are usually selling juveniles and will talk to you about their needs at the time of purchase. But of course, we all plan on keeping our pets for their entire lives... so Animal-World talks about the care of an animal over its lifetime. Btw, Liveaquaria is a fine resource and I have purchased many aquatics from them, as well as visited one of their sites.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-24
    We kept a Tire Track Eel in a 40 gallon for quite awhile, then moved him into 125 gallon as he got bigger.
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-22
How big of a tank do these guys need?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-22
    For the tank size, see the Aquarium Setup section above. It not only has the tank size, but describes all the tank parameters!
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-18
Hey guys Knife Fish Lover here ;),do you guys think i could keep one of these bad boys in my 55 with:2 african brown knife fish,1 featherfin squeaker,6 dojo loaches,and a trinidad pleco?Thanks Knife Fish Lover-

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-20
    Size-wise and temperament-wise, these fish should be okay together. However, you are heavily stocking the tank, so issues may be overcrowding.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-22
    Ok,thanks,my Barracuda will love my 55 long ;) :D!
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Samuel - 2005-07-01
I came home one day and my Pleco was bleeding from the mouth. My only other fish is my arowana...he is loyal and lets me pet him! I love my fish and will stay a loyal arowana owner!

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  • Tina - 2014-10-22
    Hi everyone! I just had to share my story with other Arowana enthusiasts. I'm discovering mine is letting me 'pet' it. Yes...I did say pet it! It's AMAZING! I have a pretty big tank 55 gal...with other beautiful freshwater fish. They all live in harmony & I call it my 'Happy Tank'. I love them all...they're my family! BUT...I must say...I'm smitten w/ my Wana...whose about 14-15 inches now. It started about a couple of weeks ago. I just slightly & lightly would take my forefinger & middle finger @ let it 'slide' through my fingers. What an incredible feeling! Lately...it's letting me hand glide its body. It doesn't freak out & keeps turning back for more! Anyone else have such a great experience? And...who says fish can't be great pets?!? :-)))
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Bruce - 2014-02-12
I have a 300mm BGK which I have grown 35mm youngster I bought at the local pet store. I have had him just over two years now living in an comfortably in an Aqua-One 980 (about 230 litres) tank with Phantom glass catfish, Black Widow Tetra's and bristle-nose catfish. He is a fantastic fish spending a lot of time upside in his 100mm diameter clear plastic tube hiding in full view from the world.

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