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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Bryan - 2005-10-12
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.

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JoeBaka - 2005-07-21
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

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JoeBaka - 2005-07-21
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!

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Jeramy Wilson - 2005-07-14
Buying my Raphael was a great experience for me. I noticed it in the pet store and I had it confused with an algae eater. I thought it was a different type of algae eater. Getting home and putting it in the tank I stopped and pranced at it. I noticed the long whiskers, the tail, and as well as the mouth. I asked myself several questions and wondered why wasnt it sucking up anything from the ground or moving. Finally, I noticed that it was just a peaceful Raphael Catfish. It does not harm anybody and it allows the other fish to be around it and move it and etc. I have only had it for a week and i hope to keep it as long as the rest of the stories i've read. Its a great fish to have and to have experiences with.

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MARIONNA - 2005-04-28
I JUST BOUGHT MY RAPHAEL. HE IS VERY PRIVATE I SHOULD SAY. I HAVE HAD HIM NOW FOR A WEEK AND ALL HE DOES IS CHILL IN ONE OF MY ORNAMENTS. HE WILL ONLY COME OUT WHEN ALL THE LIGHTS ARE OFF. SO ONLY TIME WILL TELL IF HE WILL BE ONE OF YOUR ALL WONDERFUL STORIES.

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E & T - 2005-04-27
We have two of them, the 1st one we got last year was a real baby about 1/2 inch long. About a week later it had a growth spree,it got to be a inch. We then went and got our 2nd one, it too was a baby. we have strange water where we live (we think)because within 2 full months one of them reached 2 1/2inches and the other wasnt too far behind in length. for a bit there, my husband and I thought that the big one was dead several times cause he wouldnt move or anything for several days. We came to learn that was normal for them. we have had these 2 now for a little over a year. the 1 first one is over 5 inches long and during its growth we suspect it was the S.O.B that ate our rosey barbs & cherry barbs, as a means of a late night snack attack! the 2nd one is just chilling on the growth thing for now we think! We have a 50 gal bow front with a wide vareity of fish in it(3 bala sharks, 1 tinfoil barb, 2 cory cats, 1 pictus cat, 1 8"upside down cat (named pete: he is all black, no dots or anything, never seen one like pete before, and we have a pleco, lacydontus, and 2 shubunkins. they all enjoy themselves and get along nicely.

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Anonymous - 2005-02-05
I bought one of these Raphael. There is no doubt that he loves cover/coves. Mine does not ever eat. it is in a tank with a pictus and they get along great. this fish is very interesting

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chris howard - 2005-01-27
thanks for the info from all who have posted. I have recently bought my chocolate catfish and thought that it was poorly because of its bizarre patterns. There have been a number of times I thought it was dead! I worried that it didn`t seem to eat too well but you have allied my fears. I hope mine will last as long as some of the stories ive read

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Tanya - 2005-01-12
I bought my Raphael just over five years ago. He was about 3" then and is now nearly 7" long. I have him in a thirty gallon tank with a pictus cat and 6 large cichlids. Everyone gets along famously!

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Rick - 2004-04-07
I bought my Striped Raphael when he was only about 1-1/2 inches long. I have now had this fish for 12 years. He is now 8-1/2 inches long, not counting his whiskers. He is extremely inactive, except at feeding time. His favorite food is the Hikari Tropical Sinking Wafers. He cannot wait for them to sink, though. He comes to the top of the tank and catches them on the way down. He will even take them from my fingers. His eating habits are often very irregular. Sometimes he will go for two weeks without eating anything, but occasionally he will eat 8 wafers in one evening. He also sleeps in very strange positions. More than once I have thought he was dead because he would be floating upside down and motionless under something in the tank. Lately, he sleeps standing on his tail between the heater and the corner of the tank. He has been a great fish and never bothered the other fish in the tank. For 10 years his best friend was a very active Angelicus Catfish, who recently passed away. They seemed to have opposite personalities, but they always stayed together.


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