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Average Size: The Striped Raphael Catfish, an intriguing and captivating addition to your aquarium, typically reaches an average size of 5 to 8 inches (12.5-20 cm) when fully grown.


Tank Size Required: To provide an optimal living space for Striped Raphael Catfish, we recommend a tank of at least 30 gallons or more. A larger tank allows for a more comfortable and spacious environment for these remarkable catfish.


Temperament: Striped Raphael Catfish are known for their peaceful and nocturnal nature. They are excellent choices for community tanks and can coexist with various other fish species. They are relatively shy and prefer to come out during the night or in dimly lit environments.


Unique Traits: Recognizable by their distinctive striped pattern and prominent dorsal fin, Striped Raphael Catfish bring a touch of mystique to your aquarium. They have a unique appearance that makes them stand out in any aquatic setting.


Origin: Striped Raphael Catfish are native to South America, specifically found in the Amazon River basin and its surrounding tributaries.


Other Names: These catfish are sometimes referred to as Striped Talking Catfish due to their ability to produce a series of clicking sounds.


Ease of Care: Striped Raphael Catfish are considered "Moderate" in terms of care requirements. They are hardy and adaptable, making them suitable for aquarists with some experience. Providing them with proper conditions is key to their well-being.


Diet: These omnivorous catfish have a diverse diet. They readily consume sinking pellets, frozen or live foods like bloodworms, brine shrimp, and even vegetable matter. Offering a balanced diet is essential for their health and vitality.


Characteristics and Looks: The Striped Raphael Catfish boasts a striking striped pattern along its body, a defining feature that gives it its name. Their dark coloration and elongated shape, along with their prominent dorsal fin, make them an attractive and captivating presence in your aquarium.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.0 - 7.5
  • gH (General Hardness): 5 - 15 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 3 - 10 dKH
  • TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 150 - 400 ppm
  • Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)


Disclaimer: Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Our team of experts is available during store hours to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care for your Striped Raphael Catfish.

Striped Raphael Catfish

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