Animal Stories - Striped Raphael Catfish

Animal-World Information about: Striped Raphael Catfish

The Striped Raphael Catfish is very peaceful and thought to be the nicest of the Thorny Catfish!
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Hannah - 2014-01-23
Hi me and my dad own a tank and my dad in particular is very fond of catfish and has owned many types over the years. After our chocolate talking cat fish died we bought another baby and after some time in the tank he got his fin caught in the wood. His left fin was ripped off completely including bone. After a little while he managed to rip his stump that was left off as all you could see was clearly bone and over 3 or 4 months he grew it back. He now has two complete working fins. Has anyone heard of this before as i cant find any thing on them growing back their fins and iv asked many people. It was amazing i must say as we watched week by week the fin growing back

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    That is a really cool story. I know fins can grow back, but usually they will only do so if the soft tissues are affected, this is the first time I ever heard of regrowing after the bone is damaged too/ Very cool and I wish you guys and your tank all the best!
Lisa - 2013-12-30
i have a Striped Raphael Catfish and just lately its seems to have white stuff coming off him, could this be his protective slime? He still seems active and eating is normal. I've asked a few aquariums and they don't know what it is, has anyone got any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It sounds like it could be shedding mucus. This is indicative that something may be wrong with your water. Do a water change, also check that your ph and Hardness levels are within the right ranges for this species (ph Range: 5.8-7.0 and Hardness Range: 4 - 18 dGH).
Lisa - 2013-11-22
We got a tank bout 2 weeks ago and went to the local fish supplier and brought 1 striped rapheal catfish, 1 silver tipped shark, 1 silver catfish, 3 tinfoil barbs and a elephant-nose fish, they all seem to get on well but the problem is with both the catfish, the silver catfish keeps swimming at the top of the tank and today I noticed one of the tentacles at the front is now shorter then the other one, will this harm the fish? The other is the rapheal fish keepes moving stuff around the tank if it doesnt seem to like where it is and can seem to get really moody. Does anyone know why this is?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm thinking the size of your tank may be too small for the number of catfish you have, which is causing the Raphael Catfish to try and 'fix' things. The shorter tentacle could very likely be the result of a quarrel, another sign that there may be too many fish in the tank.
corna - 2013-10-22
I have three striped catfish. I have put them into a larger tank yesterday. They were all over the place last night and one of my catfish swims underneath the other two. It seems to be rubbing its head underneath the others mouths. It was still doing it by the time I went to bed, so I don't know how long it lasted. But it started just after dark and I went to bed around half past 11. Is this normal? They all fed really well, and are tucked in today. I can't find any info on what my fish is doing.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I haven't found any info on this 'rubbing' type of behavior with catfish. But strange behaviors can increase when these fish are stressed (possibly the new tank) and catfish can become more aggressive and territorial towards other catfish as they mature. Hopefully they have settled in and all is well. If it continues I would watch our for disease, as scratching is often indicative of that. Good luck.
joe - 2011-01-22
I need help my raphael catfish is sick! He has been in the same tank for months, and has been doing just fine. One day I came home and his white stripes have turned a redish pink color and he has stopped floating. I don't know what to do, any advice to provide me would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    Red streaks could indicate fin rot or red pest diseases. See here and here for those.

    Swimming problems could be due to swim bladder problems, which usually indicates other problems. See here for swim bladder disease.
  • Daniel Holloway - 2013-09-10
    Try a dose of kanaplex should clear it up
Simon - 2013-05-14
I have a Chocolate Catfish who is roughly 9 years old now. When he was small he liked to live in a coral rock we had and 1 day we realised he'd got stuck in it due to his spines. We tried various methods of getting him free, including carrying the rock outside and banging it on the floor! He must have been out the water for nearly 30 mins as we tried to free him (we kept dipping him back in obviously) and in the end i got a hammer and chisel and chipped away part of the rock. He looked a bit bruised and we weren't sure he'd last the night but he's still going strong

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    Wow, what an interesting experience. I'm glad he's still going strong... they are pretty tough dudes:)
Anthony Pollock - 2013-01-28
I have a striped catfish to say he is a character is an understatement. His friends in the tank with him are 2 white oscars, a piranah, and a largish plec they all happily get along but would love a mate for it, he has lots of places to hide but prefers to get out and about with his friends. Any ideas how I can tell if it's male or female def. want to get a partner for it :)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-30
    Adult females are wider when viewed from above.  Difficult if you do not have others to compare to it.
Karen - 2012-11-28
I just got two Raphaels and one has a huge belly. The other one stays with this one constantly. I have read that they are hard to breed. If they are going to spawn, is there anything that I need to do:separate the two from the other fish, etc.? Thanx!

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  • Jerry Cloutier - 2012-12-30
    I have two striped Raphaels, one of whom is going on 15 yrs old and the other whos is 7 yrs old. Both have huge bellies as you describe. They are both healthy and from what I have seen, the huge belly is simply a characteristic of this fish once it becomes an adult. I doubt your Raphies are spawning.....I'd guess they are simply being the fish that they are.
Tawny Ross - 2012-12-15
Can anyone tell me if the Raphael will help control algae at all? I have lost yet another Pleco and don't want to spend another $50 to get the size I need for one to survive my Oscars. I stumbled upon the Raphael as a good tank mate for Oscars. I have very aggressive Oscars so I need a fish that can clean my tank that they can't harm. I have started feeding live fish and that has helped a ton. They didn't kill my last Pleco, I lost him to low water temps. Winter hit and my heater had trouble keeping up, so I have added a second heater to my tank.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    Unfortunatly they will not do the job of a pleco.  An algae magnet on the tank will do a nice job leaving the algae to be easily vacuumed.
Angie - 2012-03-07
I got 2 of them a couple weeks ago, didn't see them for almost a week. I thought for sure they were dead somewhere in the tank so I moved a few things around looking for them and still couldn't find them. The next morning when I fed the fish I saw one pop its head out and when he saw the food he came right out and started feeding. Now it seems they have learned the feeding routine and when they hear the lid they both come out and swim around eating. they are beautiful and dont bother any of the other fish. I did notice that one hasnt changed in size and the other almost looks pregnant and its color is much darker than the other. they were the same size a couple weeks ago and now they are about a cm different. All the info i can find just says they are not easily bred in captivity but is it possible mine came to me pregnant? Are they live bearers or do they lay eggs?

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  • Angie - 2012-04-09
    Well its been a few months since I got my 2 and they have doubled in size!
  • questions online - 2012-05-12
    This helped me as well
  • talking to - 2012-06-10
    this helped me as well
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    They are egg layers. Hard to say if you have a female bearing eggs though. If you do... how exciting:)