Animal Stories - Spotted Raphael Catfish


Animal-World Information about: Spotted Raphael Catfish

The Spotted Raphael Catfish makes a croaking or clicking noise when you take it out of the aquarium!
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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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Ann-marie Fyfe - 2011-04-01
My baby spotted raphael catfish is upside down, but moving around like that. I am not sure what's wrong with it because it was fine before today?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-01
    The Spotted Raphael Catfish (scientific name Synodontis nigriventris) is also called the Upside Down Catfish. It will swim upside down and it is frequently the normal behavior for this fun, decorative catfish.
    Sometimes they swim right side up and sometimes upside down. I would imagine it would be a little frightening to see. Normally when a fish is upside down there is something seriously wrong. Your case, he is probably just hanging out.
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Trinity - 2010-02-28
I live in Oregon and my aunt has a male and female chocolate catfish in her tank. Among other fish, and have never had a problem with losing other fish due to the catfish. They swim like they are a pair. The female chocolate catfish is pg, she is ready to have baby's soon. If she does this will be a first. I have not found any one that has been sucessful on the internet or local fish stores, I will keep you updated if we are proud parents. If anyone else has some input, please let me know. thank you.

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jbg 0910 - 2009-12-20
I also have a Spotted Raphael catfish but unfortunatley dont see much of him. Ive only had 3 fish die since I had him. They disapeared so i believe the spotted ate them... but other than that he is quite peaceful fish.

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gb - 2009-06-28
We have had our spotted 8 years, and has survived two tanks, and three moves. He is truly a survivor, outlasting eight other fish in the house. He probably ate a few baby guppies and a few other tank mates along the way, but also had a few nips out of his fins taken as well. We do see him in the evenings, even when the lights are on. He seems to not mind the family room lights at all.

Most of the larger objects in the tank are no match to his nightly search and eat missions. The filter tube is always off the glass, the plastic plants are never in the same spot and our little diver is lucky to be standing up. Tank is RARELY maintained and he doesn't seem to mind. Very hardy dude.

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Freddie Picciano - 2008-12-21
I've had my spotted for about 4 years and this guy is a real soldier. Only thing I don't like about him is the only time I see him is when I syphon gravel and have to remove the fake hollow rock he hides in. One time when I moved I took the decor out and left it at the old house forgeting he was in their, well about 6 hours later I went back to the old house to grab the rest of my stuff and heard him croaking and wiggling around in the decoration. Brought him to the new house and put him back in the tank, he swam around as if nothing ever happened. No ick, nothing, and that was about 2 years ago.

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bernard - 2008-01-16
I have had my Striped for about 8 or 9 months. I found the best way for them to come out is to use a black light. I will usually turn it on as soon as the sun goes down. About an hour or two later he will start swimming around the tank.

I just bought a Spotted (my second one) and I can seem to keep them alive longer than a month.

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Dan - 2008-01-04
I've kept both spotted and striped varieties of raphaels for years. They are a hardy fish, can tolerate a lot of abuse and poor water conditions. I'll add, that they are a generally peaceful community fish, but they are opportunistic and will eat small fish like neons and guppy feeders.

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Tracy - 2007-12-23
I have had my spotted for 12 years...his nickname is the warrior because he has lasted through 4 different aquariums and outlasted dozens of fish. He has had most of his fins and tail pecked off but he still keeps on kicking. My spotted likes to hang out by the filter tube in this new tank. I didn't see him for years because he hid in a fake cave prior to that. Over the years I have suspected him of eating my fish but I can't prove it. VERY hearty fish. Be prepared for a long term commitment.

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