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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 just found this site looking for info on my raphael cat. I have had my cat since 1992. When I moved him to a new tank he made a barking like sound. He's been in my 56 gal tank for ten years know. We call him rapy. He will eat anything that goes to the bottom of the tank and he loves algae discs, shrimp pellets, and beefheart. He's 8 inches long and 2 inches wide. He has out lived all of my other fish.
I have 2 very fat 4 inch Raphaels in my tank. I've had them for about 2 months along with 2 Hoplos, 5 Arulius barbs, 2 Golden Wonder Killifish, 1 Angel, 1 Blind Cave Tetra, 1 reg. Pleco and 1 Bristlenose Pleco. My Hoplos died yesterday, both of them. One had half of its face either eaten away or cut away and the other just had half its tail fin missing, but still died. I don't know if the Raphaels were the culprits or the Barbs. I do know that it wasn't a disease, it happened in a 24 hour timeframe. Wonder if anyone had any input.
I have two chocolate talkers, one (4") is very active and explores every inch of the tank. However the other(6 1/2") does nothing! I only see it when I'm doing water changes, loves small fish though!
I have had my stripped raphael catfish for about nine months now and I love this fish! He can be shy, he hides most of the day as he is nocturnal. I think that it took him awhile to get used to us but he comes out at night even people are around now. I don't think that he likes the aquarium light though. He gets along fine with other fish, he seems to look a lot more hard core than he is. He is also the only fish out of a handful of fish that has survived my very aggressive blue gourami. He's so fun to watch, he often goes from still and almost lifeless to crazily swimming all over the tank. He is growing is starting to have a really cute fat little belly too.
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.