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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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blake - 2014-10-20
My pleco, despite being in a tank, has been recently burrowing around in the sand.(wriggling side to side) sooo is he/she showing breeding behavior or what is this? lol its making my tank a mess lol

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-20
    Well, it is normal for most plecos to dig in sand and under objects. Because yours has never done it before, it could be related to breeding behavior, as these fish excavated deep burrows in riverbanks for their nest. But it's nothing to worry about, except the mess:)
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Leon - 2014-10-16
I got my new red tail about 4 days before. it doesn't eat any food.very sluggish. is this normal behavior or not...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    It sounds like he's not too comfortable with the environment, and it may be that he is just acclimating as you've only had him for 4 days. But if his behavior doesn't change in time, you will want to look at his home. For example, is it big enough for him, and does it have enough places for him to hide, and make sure the water parameters are good and you are offering foods he will accept.
  • Leon - 2014-10-17
    May be he is acclimating slowly.. and this fish has only 1 eye.I didn't notice it wen I'm buy the fish..anyway I can't change the fish again.that fish seller wudnt accept it.. I think my tank size and, temprature is ok to it.. its 4 inch of size.. 1 day I seen its belly is flat next itz bit full that previous day..but I dnt know what was it ate..
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-17
    My tank is a small one. He is 5 inch of size.. I think its size ok for it... 2nd day I saw its belly was flat.then next day I saw its belly bit full.. but it hasn't ate any fish I offered t it .. n I hv kept tha tank in a place where it could get tha direct sunlight in the morning time for 2.or 3 hours.. I don't think my tank is too cold cz of that..
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-18
    These fish are good eaters and feeding them is usually not a problem. They will usually start eating within a short period of time, and with a swollen belly  it does sound like he's found some type of food.
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-18
    Thank u for the replies...today I got another RTc as a tank mate to my old one.I'm really love this catfish variety.. now my old one getting his food slowly.so I brought a new one.unfortunatly my old one started to bite the new one.what is the reason for this.this both not much difference of their size.old one is 5inch n new one is 4inch..
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Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-15
Can i keep a 3 inch crayfish with:1 featherfin squeaker,2 african brown knife fish,2 spotted raphael catfish,2 farrowella twig catfish,1 baby whale,1 female rainbow shark,1 male betta,1 peppered loach,i kuhli loach,1 yoyo loach,1 peppered corydoras catfish,1 green corydoras,1 BN pleco,and aquatic plants(hornwort,cabomba,duckweed)?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-17
    I would be cautious about adding a crayfish. They have one desire... eating, and you have several bottom dwellers that will be easy snacks. Maybe keep the crayfish in its own tank.
  • Catfish Lover \"The Expert In Anything Catfish\" - 2014-10-17
    Ok,Thanks.
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Kim - 2014-10-09
I have a male peppered cory catfish that has been breeding with all my females. I watch the male chase the female if his choice, and they successfully breed. After the females places the eggs on the tank walls, I carefully remove them and place them in a well circulated container. After about two days the eggs show no signs of life and grow fungus. Is it possible to have A sterile male? If not, what could I be doing wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Hard to say what's going on, it could be possible the male is sterile. If the eggs are firm, then they are probably not dead. Fungus grows on dead eggs. The best fungicide for eggs is methalyne blue. Some people also add Red Cherry shrimp to help keep things clean in the grow out tank. Also to help prevent its growth make sure the tank water isn't stagnant (has adequate aeration). 
  • Kim healey - 2014-10-12
    I know my tank is clean and the water temp. Is ware it should be and the PH levels are also correct. I have a standard filter outside the tank, with oxygen, and I also have a slow but constant currant in the tank. My Corey's are happy and healthy enough to breed constantly. Every other day I wake up to multiple egg clusters all over the tank. But after 2 days they stay that white clear color, from what I've read means there not fertile and then the fungus grows:/...
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Tan Hui Chun - 2010-12-29
Can I keep my shark with mini lobster? Thanks.

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  • Thiven - 2014-10-12
    Yes. The shark swims in the middle of the tank and the lobster hides most of the day. I have them in the same tank and haven't had a single problem. They get along perfectly fine.
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