Striped Raphael Catfish

The Striped Raphael Catfish is a medium to large sized catfish that is very active. Being nocturnal, they come out mostly at night, though they are known for getting adjusted to daylight. They are native to the northern amazon rivers, and have not been known for breeding in the home aquarium.

Platydoras armatulus Platydoras armatulus on driftwood


Their tough skin lets them tolerate a variety of peaceful, and agressive fish, including some cichlids. Be careful whenever handling them. They have serrated fins that "pinch" whenever they are stressed. They must be handled with either glass or a plastic cup, because their serrated fins get caught up on the net, making it difficult for them to release themselves after.

They are also known as the "Talking Catfish" because while feeding they make a croaking sound. Whenever holding them, you can feel the vibration of the hum they are creating.

on rock near substrate side view on driftwood

Striped Raphael Catfish Care

Scientific Name: Platydoras armatulus

Common Names: Talking Catfish

Care level: Medium (due to their spiky fins)

Size: 6 - 9 inches

pH: 6.5 - 7.6

Temperature: 75F - 80F

Temperament: The Raphael gets along with most fish, do not put him with anything that can fit in it's mouth.

Lifespan: Average of 10 years though some have been known for living more than 15 years

Breeding: Difficult to breed in the home aquarium

Tank Size: More than 30 gallons, preferably 55 gallons

Compatible Tank Mates: Many due to their peaceful nature, however, do not put him with small fish that may fit into his mouth.

Catfish Disease: They have been known for being delicate towards ICH treatments, so dose carefully

Diet/Fish Food: Will accept most food such as sinking catfish pellets, blood worms, flakes, etc.

Tank Region: They are bottom dwelling and need a few caves and PVC pipes to keep them entertained

Gender: Some say the males are not as fat as the females. Females have very round bellies since they are carrying eggs. Another way to tell them apart( for the striped raphael's) is the males tend to be more darker in color. The females are more of a cream color between the stripes, while the males have a yellowish tan color.

Profile Author: Tony G.

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