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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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.

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.
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!

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.

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!

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.
chris - 2012-04-28
i purchased my raphael when i was senior in high school, i am now 36. hes great, my kids just love him (or her).
he has been threw alot, i have had him with all kinds of cichlids, and now hes with community fish in a 75 gal tank. he is about 9 inches. he eats most sinking pellets, flake food, just about anything that falls in front of his cave.
but lately he has been not acting the same, i hope his age is not a factor. i will shed a tear when he passes, i recommend them with all fish, well maybe not small fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-30
    Unfortunately it is his age. You have done an incredible job keeping it that long!
jordan - 2012-03-24
has any one ever seen one of these go brouwn the white stripes are brown but use to be white. dose that mean its sick?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-25
    Check your water conditions. Sometimes fish will change colors due to stress. Some also change depending on their moods. Certain foods can affect fish color as well. If he is acting normal, more then likely fine.
  • jordan - 2012-03-30
    Thanks I was just curious
cory - 2008-05-03
I have 2 of these Striped Raphael and I was wondering if these fish could become territorial enough to kill a Plecostomus. He gets along great with my other fish in the tank. He'll sit in his ship with my red-tail shark, but whenever the other striped Raphael comes by him he'll chase it off - by ramming its head into it and keeps pushing would be the best terms to put. I don't think he is even half the size of the other striped rapheal. He will also go after my plecos "OR what i have left". I have gone threw 1 male albino Bristlenose pleco and another reg. Bristlenose pleco with him in the tank, and when I saw my clown pleco get too close to his ship he went after him like there was no tomorrow. Lucky he couldn't catch the poor guy. I was hoping someone would have an opinion on this behavior.

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  • skyler - 2011-05-29
    My plec actually gets aggressive with my catfish sometimes. The catfish will hide for days after my plec gets after it.
  • Vannah - 2011-07-11
    Almost every pleco I've owned has been aggressive with any fish that prefers the bottom. The only fish my plecos have gotten along with is my dragonfish and that could be because he is much larger than any of them. (9 inches) and since I got the raphael I have not purchased another pleco. I do not wanna risk a battle for territory and although my tank is quite large (55 gallon) there could be, and the raphael cost much more than the plecos. I know plecos are classified as friendly which for the most part is true until I get another bottom dweller.
Tyler - 2010-01-02
One suggestion to keep with these if your looking to stay in the amazon region is cichlids, like oscars and jack dempseys, which is what I have in my tank. They don't bother each other and they just go about their business.

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  • jessica - 2011-09-13
    I have cichlids in my tank along with my Raphael. They have been together for about 3 years now. About a week ago we heard alot of noise in the middle of the night, we knew it was our catfish, the next morning his stomach was HUGE.....he ate a cichlid. Why would he do that? Is that normal?
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-06
    what type of cichlid was it?