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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Melanie Shepperson - 2011-05-02
I have had my Catfish for about 9 months now. He is very inactive and hides away all the time. He also doesn't seem to be growing in size. He looks to me as if he is the same size as the day I got him (5cm). Is there something I can feed him that will help him grow? I am afraid that he is not receiving enough food.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Attached is an article on your catfish by Animal World - just click on it. The thing that jumps out at me is the fact they are nocturnal. They are most active at night. The article also goes into feeding and what to feed. I think it will help a lot. OK?
    Let us know if the guy is busy at night....
  • Vannah - 2011-07-11
    Mine is a pretty slow grower as well. I bought my raphael 2 yrs ago and he has only grown about an inch. They are nocturnal so mine hides away during the day and at late night he will pop out and swim around looking for food. I feed mine blood worms and dry flakes. Leaving the light in the tank on overnight too discourages them to swim around. Plus leaving it on encourages algae to grow.
  • Hightwr - 2011-11-20
    I had a bit of trouble getting my raphael to eat at first tried a few types of go to foods for carnivores with no luck. Then I picked up a pack of hikari sinking carnivore pellets and he started eating like mad. I've had him 4 yrs now and he's about 6.5" long, and fairly fat. He eats 3-4 of the pellets every other day and is quite active around the tank. Big change from tubifex/bloodworms.
  • Katie-Fish - 2012-01-28
    I think I know why Melaine. When I bought mine the man said they only stay really small and they take quite a while to grow to theer full size of about 15cm, so, its probably just taking his time, though, as I said, they do take upto 5 years to grow to full length! Hope this helps.
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Katie-Fish - 2012-01-28
I bought my Chocolate Catfish yesterday. I have a new plant growing in one corner of my tank. It loves to just lay an rest in the plant. They say its nocturnal, but, I see mine all the time! Great fish, deffinatly one to buy! They get on great in my tank!

-6Ol, 1 pleco, 2 golden sucking loach, 1 chocolate catfish, 16 neon tetras, 2 rummy-nose, 6 penguin tetras, 7 red-eye tetras, 5 guppies + a number of snails.

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danyelle - 2010-05-15
We've had our cat for about 17 years, his eyes are almost totally opaque. He seems to be doing okay, but I think he's blind, we didn't "see" him often for about 2 years, now he's always out of his castle and he just stops swimming to "nap" quite a bit during a day. Should I be concerned?

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  • motasm - 2010-05-28
    Normal they stick on parts of aquarium and stay on it until it's clean so enjoy clean tank and when it's on the glass look at the tongue if it's moving the tongue it's healthy!
  • Garry - 2011-12-08
    sounds like a fungus infection to me. i lost my 8 inch bichir to similar symptoms, he went from being perfectly healthy to dead in 3 days! theses cat fish are tough though........my raphael is flourishing since i switched to sand!
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Dustin - 2011-08-05
I have two of these cats I bought several months ago. Both fish are honestly more trouble than they are worth as they have become stuck in EVERY decor item that has been in the tank forcing me to break 2 of these items JUST to get them out so they wouldn't die.(The fish having not eaten for over 2 weeks or more) So far their behavior is as follows: Find the smallest tightest place they can fit into wedge themselves in there and not move till you turn off all the lights in the room. I do NOT recommend these fish to anyone who enjoys watching fish that actually move. They have not helped to keep the tank clean and honestly do nothing but sit in a single spot ALL day and most nights as well. I've spent more money replacing things they have gotten stuck in than these two fish are worth. Also they do NOT get along with a Pleco the few times the fish would move was to chase the Pleco away from their hiding spot or chase him away from his food so they could eat it. Again I'm sure some people enjoy these fish but I do NOT recommend getting these fish unless you have 100% natural decor and don't mind not seeing the fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-06
    Glad you told me - thanks for the info.
  • Lori - 2011-10-24
    I have two Striped Raphael Cats (6 plus inches) and one Spotted Raphael Cat (4 inches), as well as a Pleco(6 plus inches) in a 55 gal tank. My Cats I have had for several years - the Striped are all over the bottom of the tank - cruising back and forth. The Spotted does hide, but I have hollowed out wood to accomodate him. The only conflict I ran into was when I rearranged the tank decor - the Cats were very unhappy at first. The pleco and the striped cats argued over territory after the move - although they eventually settled down, it did take several months. If you like bottom feeders, these are very fun to own. In my tank, the striped are very visible fish.
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fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-11
How big of a tank do I need for one or two of these guys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-11
    You shoukld have a minimum of a 20 galllon tank for two of these guys. Rule of thumb is one usuable gallon for each inch your fish is going to be as an adult. They can go 8 - 8 1/2 inches so need at least 16 gallons plus gallons for plants, decorations, filter, gravel etc so aat least 20 gallons.
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Mylena Aranda - 2011-09-20
My two striped raphael are awesome ! I have had them for nearly a year now and I love them. They have probably more than tripled their size since I brought them home and added them to my catfish family (I have 9 corydoras with them) they just relax and cruise through my tank... they seem to enjoy hanging upside down from ornaments or balancing on the leaves of plants. It's fun to watch my corys pile up on top of them as they all rest together. I find that there are several things to take into consideration when owning them...first make the tank catfish safe! Many catfish will wedge themselves into ornaments and not be able to get out so be sure to provide hiding places that are large enough, and as far as striped raphaels are concerned if you want to see them be active make the tank light a bit dimmer (with a floating plant or something like that) they are nocturnal and with the light dim they happily come out and join the action. I hope to keep my striped raphaels around for a long time (their average life span is around 7-8 years) and would recommend them for any catfish lover.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Hey thnaks - good to hear when all is going well and people are happy --- sounds like you have some solid experience there so stick with us. Many have some questions and only the experiences really know. OK?
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Vannah - 2011-07-11
All right, So I was wondering the lifespan of the catfish? I know I've had mine for over 2 yrs. Is that fairly common? Or do they live longer? I have no idea. but then again I've always had great luck with fish. I won a goldfish at a carnival and he lived for 6 yrs.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Consensus seems to say between 9 and 13 years. Plenty of time.
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Pat Ryan - 2009-11-12
I just read that these catfish have never been bred in captivity? I was given a pair of them a few weeks ago and lo and behold, there are now 3 Striped Raphael Catfish! The little one hides itself in 2 spots in my tank and I have only seen it's face once. Has this happened for anyone else?

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  • Dan Powell - 2011-01-12
    Pat,
    You said your Striped Raphael Catfish had bred successfully in your aquarium. What was the setup (aquarium, basic decor strategy, pH if you keep track, etc), if you don't mind me asking?

    Dan
  • candlechick - 2011-03-25
    When I first got my tank It had 2 striped and one spotted Raphael in it. About 6 months later I noticed that I had the 2 striped and 2 spotted, one being significantly smaller than the other. I have no idea which the parents were. I never saw any eggs or fry.
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Andrew Kreklow - 2010-09-04
I just got 2 of them today and when I'm watching them the hardly move, but once I would turn off the lights and walk out of the room and come back, they are swimming all around. But now a couple hours later one of them won't even move and I'm really concerned.

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Brian - 2010-07-08
I have 2 in my tank. They were about 2 inches long when I bought them about 9 month ago. Now they are 3.5 and 4 inches long. I feed them shrimp pellets and Hikari algae wafers. They like the shrimp pellets the best. I love watching them swim and snagging up food. The curled spines on their body make them an interesting conversation piece. Great non-aggressive fish.

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