I bought a fairly large spotted Raphael Catfish last Friday. I bought 2 striped ones at the same time (see avatar).
We have moved all the ornaments around since then and cannot find him. I rooted around in the substrate too. Searched around the outside of the tank (though it is sealed pretty tight). Even went through the garbage to make sure he made it out of the bag. (I knew he did, he was huge and I KNOW he made it into the tank)
But I am totally perplexed. I have looked under and in ornaments, lifted them right out of the water.
I guess I should name him Houdini, though it seems pointless to name him at this point.
The striped raphaels never come out, but I know which ornament they are in, and I can see them through the holes. I lifted it up and looked in the bottom, and the spotted one is not in there with them.
They're a fair size. I am at a loss as to how he could have completely vanished.
It's only a 55 so there are only so many places he could be.