Animal Stories - Striped Raphael Catfish


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The Striped Raphael Catfish is very peaceful and thought to be the nicest of the Thorny Catfish!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:)
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Pat campeau - 2012-10-20
I've enjoyed a 6 year old Striped Raphael. Named her Princes Di...she's shy, and loves to eat fancy baby clams/baby shrimp from a can (you can put clams/shrimp in a baggie, and keep fresh in the freezer until needed.

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Diana Shallard - 2012-06-04
I've had a striped raphae for several years and all was fine until recently - came by
some nice lava rock - (used and cheap) from a pet store closing down. I also got 7
little tetras. Tetras disappeared behind big rock - there for a couple of days then gone. I blamed Raphy. Then killi fish died, looked all rotted, then next day gourami
with 'pop eye' and dead black phantom tetras. Got general fungus treatment from pet store- turn tank yellow for treatment - then Raphy all covered in fungus so new treatment of maracyn and more water changes. All levels fine, maybe nitrates a bit high. Gourami looked better on second day then died - other gourami fine, also fine is bushy nose pleco, and bumblebee gobi all fine. Now 5
days later and one day after treatment finished. Raphy still looks coated in spots
white film and bushy nose pleco is cleaning him - they both seem to enjoy this -should I repeat fungal treatment? Try a new one? Just water changes and gravel cleans? Help please

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-05
    get that rock out and do a complete clean. And treat your fish again.
  • matthew - 2012-06-08
    Diana remove that lava rock out of your tank and throw it away or see if the pet store will allow for it to be returned. The issue with the rock is that it probably has carried some type of bacteria on it when the fish store sold it to you. Best thing to do is to continue water changes and fungal treatment if necessary. I would suggest to use a python to clean your gravel as well usaully with my tanks it ends up being about a 150% water change but my fish are all very healthly and have been alive for a long time too. Also remove any ornaments you have in there and put them in a sink with just very hot water to try and clean them. Hope this helps. Matthew
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-10
    Thanks for response Mathew- raphy still alive but i wonder if his behavior is from continued stress. He rarely hides, spends a lot of time at the filter and top of the tank.even talking which i would love if i thought he was happy. yesterday was day 7 of 'maracyn' and today i debate getting another package which would give me 2 more days and the maximum antibiotic. i'm concerned on the antibiotic affect on the rest of the tank - big old giant apple snail hasn't moved in a day. Goby and bushy nose pleco seem fine - other gourami lost to something - i'm even thinking it was a parasite, yet raphy definitely had white fungal coating - can't see any on him today but i'm worried it will come back. for sure i took the rock out - boiled it - dried it in the sun and now look at it with considerable mistrust - one would think it is the perfect raphy home- what to do? diana
  • Joseph Jordan - 2012-07-16
    What is your water parameters like? I would do 10-20% water changes daily to help fight the fungal infection. Also no need to get rid of the volcanic rock, either boil it for 15 minutes, or douse it repeatively with boiling water to sterilize it. Also keep an eye on the pleco, they are notorious at sucking slime coats off other fish if they aren't getting enough to eat.
  • Diana Shallard - 2012-08-17
    Thanks for all the help and would like to add 'raphy' has recovered. What a great and personable fish. a real character - I would sure recommend this fish to anyone. We have become very close after our fight with the fungus and I hope we will have many more years together.
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Bryan - 2009-05-31
I have one striped catfish in my 10g tank and I love him to death. I have had him for about a month now and he seems to be doing pretty well. I have noticed he only comes out at night when I throw in the food right before I go to bed. Along with him I have 3 zebra danios (1 glolight), a bamboo shrimp, 1 rainbow shark, a banjo cat, a clown pleco, and a red marble bushy nose pleco. I find it rather funny because as soon as I threw him in he went straight for the ship. He has gotten along great with all of the fish especially the shark. They seem to share the ship that I have in there, which I find rather awesome. He has not harmed any other fish in the tank which enlightens me. I can't wait to get my bigger tank, hoping a 55g, so I can purchase another one. These fish are truly awesome and I thank everyone for their input on these awesome fish!

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Justin - 2009-04-08
I have 2 striped raphael catfish and they are awesome! They have very different personalities, like one hides in his shell cave and the other swims actively around the tank. They are a new addition to my 20 gallon tank with 4 guppies and soon some angelfish. they are very peaceful and shy and have a funny face when they stare at me. I would recommend that in order to keep this fish, have a large tank and have another one for company.

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Alex - 2009-09-26
I have one striped catfish in my 29g tank and I love him to death too. He is so ugly! So big paunch! I love it! This paunch. I can see my catfish only one time when he take food.
Another catfish Spotted Pimelodus. He had grown to 4 inches during 3 months... and stopped :-( it seems to me it's max size. He has huge paunch too! I like it!

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liza jo - 2012-06-28
I've a 5' stripped raphael and a 10' plec in a 4ft and they have started fighting. The plec keeps attacking my raphael. Why?? Is my tank to small for them both. Most of the time they stay apart but when I feed them the plec keeps attacking it lately and I don't know why. Can any1 help please???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-28
    Plecos can have a nasty side to them.  The tank may be a bit small for them to have their own territory.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-16
    Plecos can get territorial.  Try re-arranging the tank..
  • Joseph Jordan - 2012-07-16
    It is more likely your pleco is hungry. When they get bigger they have a nasty habit of trying to suck the slime coat off other fish. Sadly once they start doing this there is no way to break them of the habit and they will eventually kill other fish.
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