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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Tawny Ross - 2012-12-15
Can anyone tell me if the Raphael will help control algae at all? I have lost yet another Pleco and don't want to spend another $50 to get the size I need for one to survive my Oscars. I stumbled upon the Raphael as a good tank mate for Oscars. I have very aggressive Oscars so I need a fish that can clean my tank that they can't harm. I have started feeding live fish and that has helped a ton. They didn't kill my last Pleco, I lost him to low water temps. Winter hit and my heater had trouble keeping up, so I have added a second heater to my tank.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    Unfortunatly they will not do the job of a pleco.  An algae magnet on the tank will do a nice job leaving the algae to be easily vacuumed.
  • Noddy - 2014-10-31
    Hi, Raphs are excellent bottom cleaners, but will not do a very good job on cleaning windows or decoraton, for they miss the necsesary suckermouth to stick to objects by their vacuum system. btw i've had way over 10 genus of pleco, but they were all lazy bastards. The only exceptions are in my case the smaller Ancistrus species and the pleco that gave its name to the while family, the Hypostomus plecostamus.
Hannah - 2014-01-23
Hi me and my dad own a tank and my dad in particular is very fond of catfish and has owned many types over the years. After our chocolate talking cat fish died we bought another baby and after some time in the tank he got his fin caught in the wood. His left fin was ripped off completely including bone. After a little while he managed to rip his stump that was left off as all you could see was clearly bone and over 3 or 4 months he grew it back. He now has two complete working fins. Has anyone heard of this before as i cant find any thing on them growing back their fins and iv asked many people. It was amazing i must say as we watched week by week the fin growing back

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    That is a really cool story. I know fins can grow back, but usually they will only do so if the soft tissues are affected, this is the first time I ever heard of regrowing after the bone is damaged too/ Very cool and I wish you guys and your tank all the best!
  • Noddy - 2014-10-31
    Hi, I have been studying catfish for over 7 years and have kept species from many families.Now i own my first Doradidae, but i have seen the same thing happen to my Pseudacanthicus pleco. He lost his thickest tailspine, thicker than 2 matches and after worrying some time i saw the fin spine growing back. It grew back to be even larger than before, only the colouration of the spine pattern took some time to turn from white to yellowish. Catfish amaze me time and time again.
Caroline - 2014-09-07
I have two Striped Dora catfish and one spotted talking catfish in my tank. I got them when they were all very small, only about an inch long. My two striped catfish are now 6-7 inches in length (one is slightly bigger than the other). My spotted catfish is about 5 inches, it is also quite noisy. I have had all three of them now for going on 12 years. I was so worried about moving them when I moved house 4 years ago, but they are still going strong. I have not had any issues with any of them eating smaller fish, in fact I have a group of Pygmy Corydoras (my favourite catfish) that they get along fine with.

Anonymous - 2014-08-12
I got a Beautiful Striped Rapheal Catfish, and 24 hours late one of my Green Tiger Barbs is completely... Did he eat him???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    It could be that the barb was a snack, unusual but it could happen.
  • Toni-Ann Mistretra - 2014-08-26
    Definitely eats other fish. We have had our striped Raphael catfish for around 17 years. He/she has gone through a variety of expensive feeder fish including barbs, neons, cichlids, and a ghost fish! Feeding it shrimp pellets and other high protein foods along with algae pellets or discs will help, but no guarantees. We renamed ours Cano ;)
natalie g - 2014-05-08
I purchased two striped raphael catfish around 8 months ago, they were both doing fine and still seem to be fine but as I was cleaning my tank... I noticed that my two fish are turning a rusty orange color where the white normally is, can you please help me figure out what I could do for them? If it's normal I've looked up pictures on the internet and they all seem black and white.

Jay Levy - 2014-04-22
I have a Rafael catfish that we purchased 1 year prior to my daughter being born. She is about to turn 19 years old, which makes my catfish about 20 years old. :-)

Lisa - 2013-12-30
i have a Striped Raphael Catfish and just lately its seems to have white stuff coming off him, could this be his protective slime? He still seems active and eating is normal. I've asked a few aquariums and they don't know what it is, has anyone got any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It sounds like it could be shedding mucus. This is indicative that something may be wrong with your water. Do a water change, also check that your ph and Hardness levels are within the right ranges for this species (ph Range: 5.8-7.0 and Hardness Range: 4 - 18 dGH).
Lisa - 2013-11-22
We got a tank bout 2 weeks ago and went to the local fish supplier and brought 1 striped rapheal catfish, 1 silver tipped shark, 1 silver catfish, 3 tinfoil barbs and a elephant-nose fish, they all seem to get on well but the problem is with both the catfish, the silver catfish keeps swimming at the top of the tank and today I noticed one of the tentacles at the front is now shorter then the other one, will this harm the fish? The other is the rapheal fish keepes moving stuff around the tank if it doesnt seem to like where it is and can seem to get really moody. Does anyone know why this is?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm thinking the size of your tank may be too small for the number of catfish you have, which is causing the Raphael Catfish to try and 'fix' things. The shorter tentacle could very likely be the result of a quarrel, another sign that there may be too many fish in the tank.
corna - 2013-10-22
I have three striped catfish. I have put them into a larger tank yesterday. They were all over the place last night and one of my catfish swims underneath the other two. It seems to be rubbing its head underneath the others mouths. It was still doing it by the time I went to bed, so I don't know how long it lasted. But it started just after dark and I went to bed around half past 11. Is this normal? They all fed really well, and are tucked in today. I can't find any info on what my fish is doing.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I haven't found any info on this 'rubbing' type of behavior with catfish. But strange behaviors can increase when these fish are stressed (possibly the new tank) and catfish can become more aggressive and territorial towards other catfish as they mature. Hopefully they have settled in and all is well. If it continues I would watch our for disease, as scratching is often indicative of that. Good luck.
joe - 2011-01-22
I need help my raphael catfish is sick! He has been in the same tank for months, and has been doing just fine. One day I came home and his white stripes have turned a redish pink color and he has stopped floating. I don't know what to do, any advice to provide me would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    Red streaks could indicate fin rot or red pest diseases. See here and here for those.

    Swimming problems could be due to swim bladder problems, which usually indicates other problems. See here for swim bladder disease.
  • Daniel Holloway - 2013-09-10
    Try a dose of kanaplex should clear it up