Animal Stories - Spotted Raphael Catfish


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The Spotted Raphael Catfish makes a croaking or clicking noise when you take it out of the aquarium!
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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.
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Candy - 2009-06-05
I had a similar experience as Freddie - My husband and I were moving and I cleaned out the fish tank and put all of my fish into a huge tote to transport them to our new house. I had a pyramid in my tank at the time and I forgot about my spotted (I never saw him eat EVER and I would only see him if i had the tank light off - he would come out of hiding.) I put all of my decorations into a garbage bag and my grandparents drve everything to my new house in their van. I started setting up the tank and had it filled aobut half way and I was cleaning off the plants a bit. I moved my plants and in the bottom of the bag was my spotted! I panicked a little bit but he had enough water in the bottom of the bag he survived and is at his 3rd home now! (I moved across the country and had to leave my fish with my parents) LOL! It was a crazy story I had to share!

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  • Anonymous - 2014-02-05
    That's awesome
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Don - 2003-11-09
The Spotted Raphael is one of the heartiest fish I have ever owned next to my cichlids ( jack dempseys).. in the sense of survival.. other than that very friendly... gets along fine with two fiddler crabs they mind one anothers business... and not picky when it comes to finding food... good strong fish for a community... ( bit of a cave dweller )

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  • Kathy Keegan - 2013-11-13
    I had raphaels for years. I can remember having a real monster tank, 5 oscars, an armatus spiny eel, at least 2 feet long, a clown knife, about 14 inches, an 18 inch black ghost, 2 6 inch striped raphaels, 2 5 inch spotted raphaels, a 12 inch tiger shovelnose catfish, a couple of 10 inch plecos, 5 spotted silver dollars, and, for some reason, 1 5 inch swordtail female that managed to survive by being so mean nothing went near her. She was supposed to be a feeder, but even the shovelnose was scared of her, and that is saying something. Everything in a 110 gallon with rockwork for everything to dodge around when the occasional argument broke out. The raphaels came out at night and at feeding time. I fed feeders, algae tablets, meat tablets and scalded spinach. I grew the oscars from 1 inch size to 2 breeder 10 inch pairs and a 12 inch single. I actually found that armatus eel at a Woolworth store. He was about 5 inches at the time, really just a baby. He would come up and rub against a finger by the time he got big.
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Brittany - 2013-03-06
I have had my Rapheal catfish for two years now and I am still bewildered to why he likes to swim the tank upside down and not right side up. Can anyone tell me why he prefers to swim upside down?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-06
    That is pretty common for them to do.  Many swim sideways, upside down and of course right side up.
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tom - 2012-08-05
i just bought my spotted catfish and for two weeks hes been hiding. ive read that is normal...i would just like to see what i paid for. thanks for all the imfo from everyone it really helps!

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  • David Brough - 2012-08-05
    I've had a similar experience with an upside-down catfish, he always hides under a log during the day but comes out at night. Night lights, like moon lights for reef aquariums work well to see him but you have to do it after the regular lights are out.
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Key Monroe - 2012-06-19
Does any body know where I can get a good sorce of live food for my Raphael?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-20
    Pet shop normally, but make sure to quaranteen any feeder fish for atleast 7 days.
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Key Monroe - 2012-05-07
I just bought a spotted raphael catfish about 12 inches for my back yard pound. I also purchased 4 blue catfish about 4 inches 7 Plecostomus about 4 inches and 24 goldfish. The gold fish where to be eaten but not the others. My question is will the Raphael eat all of them in 2 weeks???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-08
    I would not think so. Normally aren't fast enough to catch other fish.
  • jiri - 2012-05-15
    My raphael talking catfish is just sitting in its hole all day and all night and I never saw him eat anything. I have him in a 55 gallon community tank with synodontis zebra hybrid, long fin serpea, tetra, african butterfly fish, archer fish, rope fish. Is there somthing wrong with its health or lonely because he is the only raphael in the tank and I have him already a year?
  • Key Monroe - 2012-06-19
    My raphael is doing well I thinknk he is still alive. I have been feeding him earth worms every so offten.I drop them in at dusk he and will eat just as fast as I can serve them to him Am I feeding him enought?
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Fran - 2012-05-15
14 years ago, thinking my talking catfish was dead, I drained my aquarium and for one whole year this fish lived in the gravel without food or water until I heard it and retrieved it. I have had my talking catfish for about 15 years now in a tank with guppies. I have only fed this fish guppy food. Since you say it needs protein to live is he eating guppies that I am not aware of? I always have an abundance of them.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-16
    Could be. There is protein in fish food too.
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steph - 2007-11-04
I got my raph about 9 months ago from a friend who had him for about 2 years. When my friend had him he never ever saw him, because he stayed hidden inside his hollow log the entire time he had him.
when he gave him to me and I put him in my 50 gallon tank, we literally had to break the log to get him out. In my tank he lived happily in a hole he had dug behind some large rocks. Strange thing though is that NOBODY has ever seen him eat, EVER. Everytime i feed my fish he never moved, even with the food sinking and landing on his body. At night sometimes i would hear rocks hitting the glass as if he was digging his hole deeper but thats about it. Nobody has ever witnessed him eat, not even at night.....
Unfortunately he died last night for some reason and I have no idea what caused it. 2 days ago I noticed him on the wall of the tank which was rare and he was still breathing. Last night however, I did a head count (as i always do to make sure my ghost fish didn't eat any of the smaller fish) and I noticed my Raph upside down floating at the top of the tank. For a little while i could still see him breathing, but eventually his breathing stopped. The other fish are doing fine so i am left mind boggled as to why my Raph suddenly died.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    These fish are nocturnal, and are best fed at night, with the lights off. It is quite plausible to suggest that the diurnal fish in the aquarium consumed all of the food before he was able to eat. If you ever find yourself obtaining another, try feeding the fish, when the lights in the aquarium are off.
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yomi420 - 2011-11-12
Hi I have 2 spotted raphael catfish I just want to know what are some of the things they like to eat?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-13
    The Spotted Raphael Catfish (Agamyxis pectinifrons) is a carnivore, so try to feed them protein-based foods. They especially like live foods such as bloodworms, tubifex and earthworms. But often frozen foods will work just as well. Also try foods that float to the bottom, including flakes and tablets meant for bottom feeders.
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