Striped Raphael Catfish
Not a Beginners Fish
I have owned striped Rafis for many years. My current one is over 12 years old and maybe 5 inches long.
He has lived in a 55 gal community tank with tetras incl. neons, guppies and everything in between.
Rafaels are bottom dwellers and very lazy. I have driftwood in my tank and one larger vertical piece has an overhang, like a suspended tree stump. The Rafael has made that overhang his home. That's where he hangs out, upside down. Luckily, due to this setup I can easily see him. He comes down during feeding time.
They are territorial and will quarrel if others try and invade their "home'. Mine tends to get into it sometimes when the large pleco tries to make himself at home under the stump# =)
If you have really small fish, there is a chance some of those become dinner, esp# if they swim by a hideout# This fish is not blind, they do see very well# =)
They are pretty hearty fish. About 10 years ago, I've accidentally removed mine from the tank not realizing he was inside a shell I was taking out to clean. Once out of the water, he started "talking" and I quickly put him back. LOL If I ever have to remove him for any reason, I use a plastic container or calendar to scoop him up as his thorny fins become entangled in a net and can cause injury to him and his handler.
With that said, I don't recommend this fish to beginners as they tend to like "busy" fish that can be observed without much effort and easily netted. Seasoned aquarists tend to like this gentle, laid back cat with tons of personality.
September 3, 2014
I've had this fish for over 5 years now. I got him when he was about 2 inches long, now he's about 5 inches. I hear they usually grow quick and in my 55 gallon tank I would have thought he would be bigger, but he is perfect how he is now. He is notural and wont come out when the lights are on in the house. I walk into the room to turn on the light and he scurries back to his castle I got for him. I knew I would hardly see this fish since I did some research before purchasing. Every now and then he will gladly swim around and grace me with his presents. This fish is for more of a experience handler. Not really meant for a beginner. Its just him, a ghost catfish, and a goldfish in my 55 gallon tank for now. Looking to add just a couple more top dwellers soon.
August 18, 2014
waste of money
its a very timid fish, never comes out i cant see it ever even if i keep my lights off. i think it or my black ghost knife fish ate my tetras. in a tank you want to see you pets to make sure they are doing fine, enjoy their activities, this one never comes out i took it out once to make sure its doing ok otherwise it just hides inside the cave
June 28, 2014
These fish are fun to keep and they are also called Talking Catfish because they can make a croaking noise. Although shy they are more for the fish keepers that have experience.
March 8, 2014