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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chris - 2012-04-28
i purchased my raphael when i was senior in high school, i am now 36. hes great, my kids just love him (or her).
he has been threw alot, i have had him with all kinds of cichlids, and now hes with community fish in a 75 gal tank. he is about 9 inches. he eats most sinking pellets, flake food, just about anything that falls in front of his cave.
but lately he has been not acting the same, i hope his age is not a factor. i will shed a tear when he passes, i recommend them with all fish, well maybe not small fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-30
    Unfortunately it is his age. You have done an incredible job keeping it that long!
jordan - 2012-03-24
has any one ever seen one of these go brouwn the white stripes are brown but use to be white. dose that mean its sick?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-25
    Check your water conditions. Sometimes fish will change colors due to stress. Some also change depending on their moods. Certain foods can affect fish color as well. If he is acting normal, more then likely fine.
  • jordan - 2012-03-30
    Thanks I was just curious
cory - 2008-05-03
I have 2 of these Striped Raphael and I was wondering if these fish could become territorial enough to kill a Plecostomus. He gets along great with my other fish in the tank. He'll sit in his ship with my red-tail shark, but whenever the other striped Raphael comes by him he'll chase it off - by ramming its head into it and keeps pushing would be the best terms to put. I don't think he is even half the size of the other striped rapheal. He will also go after my plecos "OR what i have left". I have gone threw 1 male albino Bristlenose pleco and another reg. Bristlenose pleco with him in the tank, and when I saw my clown pleco get too close to his ship he went after him like there was no tomorrow. Lucky he couldn't catch the poor guy. I was hoping someone would have an opinion on this behavior.

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  • skyler - 2011-05-29
    My plec actually gets aggressive with my catfish sometimes. The catfish will hide for days after my plec gets after it.
  • Vannah - 2011-07-11
    Almost every pleco I've owned has been aggressive with any fish that prefers the bottom. The only fish my plecos have gotten along with is my dragonfish and that could be because he is much larger than any of them. (9 inches) and since I got the raphael I have not purchased another pleco. I do not wanna risk a battle for territory and although my tank is quite large (55 gallon) there could be, and the raphael cost much more than the plecos. I know plecos are classified as friendly which for the most part is true until I get another bottom dweller.
Tyler - 2010-01-02
One suggestion to keep with these if your looking to stay in the amazon region is cichlids, like oscars and jack dempseys, which is what I have in my tank. They don't bother each other and they just go about their business.

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  • jessica - 2011-09-13
    I have cichlids in my tank along with my Raphael. They have been together for about 3 years now. About a week ago we heard alot of noise in the middle of the night, we knew it was our catfish, the next morning his stomach was HUGE.....he ate a cichlid. Why would he do that? Is that normal?
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-06
    what type of cichlid was it?
Melanie Shepperson - 2011-05-02
I have had my Catfish for about 9 months now. He is very inactive and hides away all the time. He also doesn't seem to be growing in size. He looks to me as if he is the same size as the day I got him (5cm). Is there something I can feed him that will help him grow? I am afraid that he is not receiving enough food.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Attached is an article on your catfish by Animal World - just click on it. The thing that jumps out at me is the fact they are nocturnal. They are most active at night. The article also goes into feeding and what to feed. I think it will help a lot. OK?
    Let us know if the guy is busy at night....
  • Vannah - 2011-07-11
    Mine is a pretty slow grower as well. I bought my raphael 2 yrs ago and he has only grown about an inch. They are nocturnal so mine hides away during the day and at late night he will pop out and swim around looking for food. I feed mine blood worms and dry flakes. Leaving the light in the tank on overnight too discourages them to swim around. Plus leaving it on encourages algae to grow.
  • Hightwr - 2011-11-20
    I had a bit of trouble getting my raphael to eat at first tried a few types of go to foods for carnivores with no luck. Then I picked up a pack of hikari sinking carnivore pellets and he started eating like mad. I've had him 4 yrs now and he's about 6.5" long, and fairly fat. He eats 3-4 of the pellets every other day and is quite active around the tank. Big change from tubifex/bloodworms.
  • Katie-Fish - 2012-01-28
    I think I know why Melaine. When I bought mine the man said they only stay really small and they take quite a while to grow to theer full size of about 15cm, so, its probably just taking his time, though, as I said, they do take upto 5 years to grow to full length! Hope this helps.
Katie-Fish - 2012-01-28
I bought my Chocolate Catfish yesterday. I have a new plant growing in one corner of my tank. It loves to just lay an rest in the plant. They say its nocturnal, but, I see mine all the time! Great fish, deffinatly one to buy! They get on great in my tank!

-6Ol, 1 pleco, 2 golden sucking loach, 1 chocolate catfish, 16 neon tetras, 2 rummy-nose, 6 penguin tetras, 7 red-eye tetras, 5 guppies + a number of snails.

danyelle - 2010-05-15
We've had our cat for about 17 years, his eyes are almost totally opaque. He seems to be doing okay, but I think he's blind, we didn't "see" him often for about 2 years, now he's always out of his castle and he just stops swimming to "nap" quite a bit during a day. Should I be concerned?

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  • motasm - 2010-05-28
    Normal they stick on parts of aquarium and stay on it until it's clean so enjoy clean tank and when it's on the glass look at the tongue if it's moving the tongue it's healthy!
  • Garry - 2011-12-08
    sounds like a fungus infection to me. i lost my 8 inch bichir to similar symptoms, he went from being perfectly healthy to dead in 3 days! theses cat fish are tough raphael is flourishing since i switched to sand!
Dustin - 2011-08-05
I have two of these cats I bought several months ago. Both fish are honestly more trouble than they are worth as they have become stuck in EVERY decor item that has been in the tank forcing me to break 2 of these items JUST to get them out so they wouldn't die.(The fish having not eaten for over 2 weeks or more) So far their behavior is as follows: Find the smallest tightest place they can fit into wedge themselves in there and not move till you turn off all the lights in the room. I do NOT recommend these fish to anyone who enjoys watching fish that actually move. They have not helped to keep the tank clean and honestly do nothing but sit in a single spot ALL day and most nights as well. I've spent more money replacing things they have gotten stuck in than these two fish are worth. Also they do NOT get along with a Pleco the few times the fish would move was to chase the Pleco away from their hiding spot or chase him away from his food so they could eat it. Again I'm sure some people enjoy these fish but I do NOT recommend getting these fish unless you have 100% natural decor and don't mind not seeing the fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-06
    Glad you told me - thanks for the info.
  • Lori - 2011-10-24
    I have two Striped Raphael Cats (6 plus inches) and one Spotted Raphael Cat (4 inches), as well as a Pleco(6 plus inches) in a 55 gal tank. My Cats I have had for several years - the Striped are all over the bottom of the tank - cruising back and forth. The Spotted does hide, but I have hollowed out wood to accomodate him. The only conflict I ran into was when I rearranged the tank decor - the Cats were very unhappy at first. The pleco and the striped cats argued over territory after the move - although they eventually settled down, it did take several months. If you like bottom feeders, these are very fun to own. In my tank, the striped are very visible fish.
fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-11
How big of a tank do I need for one or two of these guys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-11
    You shoukld have a minimum of a 20 galllon tank for two of these guys. Rule of thumb is one usuable gallon for each inch your fish is going to be as an adult. They can go 8 - 8 1/2 inches so need at least 16 gallons plus gallons for plants, decorations, filter, gravel etc so aat least 20 gallons.
Mylena Aranda - 2011-09-20
My two striped raphael are awesome ! I have had them for nearly a year now and I love them. They have probably more than tripled their size since I brought them home and added them to my catfish family (I have 9 corydoras with them) they just relax and cruise through my tank... they seem to enjoy hanging upside down from ornaments or balancing on the leaves of plants. It's fun to watch my corys pile up on top of them as they all rest together. I find that there are several things to take into consideration when owning them...first make the tank catfish safe! Many catfish will wedge themselves into ornaments and not be able to get out so be sure to provide hiding places that are large enough, and as far as striped raphaels are concerned if you want to see them be active make the tank light a bit dimmer (with a floating plant or something like that) they are nocturnal and with the light dim they happily come out and join the action. I hope to keep my striped raphaels around for a long time (their average life span is around 7-8 years) and would recommend them for any catfish lover.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Hey thnaks - good to hear when all is going well and people are happy --- sounds like you have some solid experience there so stick with us. Many have some questions and only the experiences really know. OK?