- Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
- Maximum size: 8"
- Water temperature: 72-82° F
- Swimming level: Bottom
- Experience level: Intermediate
- Tank Setup: 29+ gallons
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Catfish typically prefer to be in groups of three or more. However, larger species can be kept individually. Some species of catfish are useful in keeping the aquarium clean and free from algae. As omnivores, catfish eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. If you must handle your catfish be aware that they have stiff, sharp spines on their fins that can inflict painful wounds.
Learn about the Striped Rafael Catfish
Other Common Names
Talking Catfish, Striped Talking Catfish
8-8 1/2 inches
Fresh algae, zucchini and spinach. Prefers small live foods such as brine shrimp, blood worms, glass worms and tubifex worms. Frozen brine shrimp, plankton, beef heart, glass worms and blood worms. Freeze dried, pellet and tablet food will be accepted on occasion.
A peaceful fish that tolerates their own kind and other catfish species. May eat smaller fish.
Peru: Moderately decorate with live plants, rocks and driftwood.
They are very active in the evening which is the best time to feed them. They may make audible clicking noises in the evenings.
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