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Striped Raphael Catfish
The Striped Raphael Catfish is very peaceful and thought to be the nicest of the Thorny Catfish!
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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.
HELLO, IVE THREE OF THESE FISH AND DO FIND THEM VERY PEACEFUL. THEY HAVE A LOT OF HIDING PLACES SO I DONT SEE THEM THAT OFTEN! I DID NOT KNOW THAT THESE FISH EAT EARTHWORMS UNTIL I PLACED ONE IN MY TANK THE OTHER DAY,T HE EARTHWORM WAS A GONNER! THEY GET ON VERY WELL WITH MY OTHER FISH(PLECS, CORYS, TWO VARIETIES OF SYNODONTIS, AND PLENTY OF OTHERS). THEY ARE A DELIGHT IN THE TANK.
I've had mine for over a year now and it has eaten probably $100 in other fish. It ate the corys. It ate the barbs. It ate the Gouramis. That little bugger even ate the pleco, not to mention numerous ottos. If it fits in its mouth it will disappear.
I got my striped raphael about 8 months ago. I had read a little bit about them before i choose to add one to my tank. The night i put him in the tank he was about 1.5" and swam straight to the bottom and hid in the plants. The next day when i went to feed the tank there was no sight of him. Days went by, no sight. after about 2 weeks i still hadnt seen him, so i thought he had died and was eaten (i have a 6.5" pangasius cat as well). So after 3 months i decided to move around some of the decor in the tank and he came swimming out of a small hollow ship hull that i have. I was stunned!!! that SOB was still alive and about 3" long now. No sight of him for over 3 months!! I only see him once in a while and only when the lights are out, but now i know where to look for him to check on 'em.
It has been a while since I've had a fishtank up and running. Last tank I had was a 10 gallon. Recently I decided to purchase a new tank now that I have been able to settle down in my own apartment without roomates (finally). Anyways I bought a 20 gallon tank and let it run for about 2 weeks then added 5 neon tetra's and a week and a half later I decided to get a Striped Raphael along with some gourami's. He has now been in my tank for about 3 days. He is very peaceful and so far loves hiding in the darkest spot of the tank. Everyone that has come over to visit has been amazed by his looks. I think it's everyone's favorite fish. I am very pleased on the purchase.
I to hope to watch this fish grow over the years and later on provide him with a larger home.
This is probably the best fish I will ever have. It is healthy, nice looking, and it keeps my tank clean. I had a house for it that I took out, because if for some reason if there was a freak accident and he died, I wouldnt be able to see him. I've had him for about 2 years now, and he is about 5 inches long. Greatest fish, and his name is Raoul...lol
I bought a raphael catfish for 3.49 and it is probably the best catfish I think I will ever have. It outeats any other pleco I've ever had when it comes to the algae, but then at times it just doesn't eat for a few days, then I'll see him skirming around. Great fish, had him for two years, bought him at 3/4'' and now hes about 5 inches. great fishie!