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Striped Raphael Catfish
The Striped Raphael Catfish or Chocolate Catfish has been a favorite of aquarium enthusiasts for a long time. They are very peaceful and thought to be the nicest of the Thorny Catfish!
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I have a stripped raphael catfish, I bought him with 2 large tetras and 4 small tetras. He has never eaten any of the fish. I have TONS of snails too. I think he eats some of them, but mainly he stays in the castle. He has a fat belly, so I'm guessing he has a lot to eat!
I have striped raphael...mine has a big tummy! hahahah...
I had two of these in my community tank. They came out sometimes during the day and also when I dropped pellets into the tank. They ate all of the snails, and the cherry barbs bred successfully while they were in there. The tank had numerous hiding places and lots of undergrowth and mature plants. Java moss, fern etc.
I bought one of these fish, maybe 8 years ago, and it disappeared very shortly after. I had a large fancy shell in the tank that I guess he has been hiding in for all these years. I have only seen him maybe 3 times in all these years. He might be dead I have no clue. So my opinion is that these fish aren't the best. They'll eat your little fish if they get the chance and I guess they only come out at night.
I have a 2-inch chocolate cat in my aqaurium. They're such interesting fish because they're very shy. My fish keeps hiding during the day, and I get to see them only during dark hours. Even during feeding time when it's still daytime, it doesn't care, it doesn't come out from the rocks. That's why I get to see it only at nighttime. One time, it was more than a week I wasn't able to see it. I thought it died or was eaten by bigger cats in the aquarium. I couldn't even find it under the rocks...even during feeding time. So, I'd sneaked out at night to check and there it is, probably bored from hiding. It ate all the sinking fish food it could find. It really is a fun fish to keep. All catfish actually. That's why my favorite aquarium fishes are cats. To name, I have one red-tailed catfish, 3 plecos (am not sure if they're the same species), a Synodontis angelicus, an armored cat, a shovel-nosed cat, 1 big head cat, and 3 albino walking catfishes. All fun to look at and each has its own unique character. HOORAY FOR THE CATS!
I have just recently bought a chocolate catfish and he is getting on great. He is a little lazy at times but he likes his food so always comes out for that. I also have a clown loach, an albino red fin shark, a pleco, and a very hyperactive figure of eight puffer. The choco catfish, who i have named colin by the way, is a much loved member of my tank.
Hi i have 5 spotted rafaels and they are really cool catfish. They would hide in my castle and they would never come out, so i took the the castle out because i wanted to see them and so they could eat.
After seeing all the comments on this cat I needed to add my experience. I also experienced the small fish vanishing along with smaller cats. They would make it until the lights out, then gone. I have had my cat for about 12 years now. He had a habit of getting stuck in a rock and not moving for years at a time. During a move once, I lifted the rock with the cat in it and when he hit open air he barked like a frog...LOUD. Now I know any time he hits the air he yells out. I introduced a 7" ghost fish 6 years ago. At first I thought they were at odds, but I soon realized it was true love. The ghost would bring shrimp pellets to the cat to eat so he would not need to leave his hole. Sometimes I must try to shake him out to be sure he does not grow to become stuck in there.
I got a Striped raphael catfish, and within 2 weeks i bought another striped raphael cat. i also have a shovelnose catfish, a betta, an iridescent shark and 2 plecos, and they all get along great. Tank size is 30 gallons, with nice rock/plant layout, mini plastic bonsai tree... catfish love to hang out in the bonsai tree and its roots. These fish Love Hikari sinking carnivore pellets, all of the fish do in fact! also, Do not put in smaller fish with these cats, They will eat them at night.... I buy small feeder fish at 10 cents/Pc. 2 days ago i had 12, yesterday i had 5 and this afternoon i have 2... All the cats have fat bellies, and the betta ate one too!
I have a pair of Striped doras, which i bought as adults in 1974 yes 32 years ago. they have looked pretty old for the last 20 years!! they hardly move except for a few hours at night. one of them (10 years ago)had been trapped in a tube for several weeks. when i found it, it had lost its colour and looked dead. it's tail had rotted away. it lay at the bottom of the tank for days without moving but as it was still breathing. i left it and dropped bloodworm etc so that it didn't need to work hard to find food. to my amazement it recovered. i wonder if they will ever die, not that i want them to.