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Striped Raphael Catfish



Platydoras costatus

anyone have any experience with these?

i feel like the fish profile is rather vague.
 

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I had one for awhile. Liked to hide, nocturnal, a real hoover machine when it comes to eating...ate anything. Fast grower. What did you need to know?
 

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schooling? Solitary?

How big do they get?

Have kept both the striped Raphael and the spotted Raphael.
As mentioned,,they are nocturnal, and are seldom seen during the day if proper hiding/resting spots are available.(caves,wood,etc)
Solitary would be good description for these fish prefer to keep to themselves, but I wonder if a shoal of these in large enough tank, with smooth riverstones ,sand substrate,and large pieces of driftwoood with some leaf litter along the bottom wouldn't be an interesting scene?
Perhaps in a group, they would be out and about more often?
The two species (spotted,striped) I have kept,grow /grew,, to around five inches from two inches inside a year.
They will eat most anything but Chopped Frozen Krill, and Earthworms were favorites.
A good carnivore pellet food or bottom feeder food would be good too.
Would not expect to see a lot of this fish, and would not expect to see many smaller fish in the tank as this species matures.
 

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Neon Tetras i have already probably go bye bye?
These fish are very active at night, and could slip up on smaller fish while they are resting.
I have a light that I wear on ball cap while fishing at night, and this light has red Led bulb as well as a couple white bulbs.
The red bulb does not seem to spook the fishes and I sometimes use this light (hand held) to view the fishes at night cory's,plecos for this is when they are most active.
the raphael's I kept were all over the tank,up and down the glass,exploring floating plant's, in search of I suppose, anything they could eat.
I really liked them, so I placed them with larger clown loaches and plecos to lessen chances of them eating smaller fishes.
 

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These are very peaceful fish also called the talking catfish min tank size is 30 gals they will fit nicely into a community tank. When you net them which is not a good idea they make noises hence talking catfish. They eat anything but a balanced diet should be fed. I found they do like to have others around if you have 2 or 3 they will all bunch up and lay on each other . They like to burrow in mud or sand and there should be wood or caves in the tank. Live span is around 9 years .Temp should be 70 to 78 .Max size 8 ins
 

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Santaclaws, I love your avatar. lol:-D
 

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what kind of fish is in yours its very cool looking:-D
Thanks. That's Spook, my Ctenopoma Acutirostre (a.k.a. African Leaf Fish, Spotted Climbing Perch).
 
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