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Old 12-26-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Anyone have experience with spotted raphael catfish

I am planning to adopt a spotted raphael from my uncle which was formally my grans as he does not have the size of tank to keep it, i was just wondering if anybody has much experience with them?
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dont keep them with smaller fish if you want to keep the smaller fish.
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no small fish. but with your cichlids and gourami he'll be just fine
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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I just got one today. I previously had a striped one that got rather large. He was in a tank with pristella tetras, otos, tiny bristlenose and hatchets. He only came out of hiding at night and I don't recall missing any fish. They are known to eat whatever fits in their mouths but aren't that fast. I put my spotted on a tank with a bunch of green fire tetras and corys and some bristlenose. I'm sure they'll be fine.
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I am planning to adopt a spotted raphael from my uncle which was formally my grans as he does not have the size of tank to keep it, i was just wondering if anybody has much experience with them?
What size tank does he have? These guys stay real small.. 4.5" tops I think?

Mine rarely come out. You can lean a piece of slate against the glass to trick them into hiding in the open.
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Spotted raphaels are very similar to striped raphaels. They both get 8"+ and will eat anything that fits in their mouths. They can live a very long time. I have one that's about 8.5" and at least 15 years old.
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What size tank does he have? These guys stay real small.. 4.5" tops I think?

Mine rarely come out. You can lean a piece of slate against the glass to trick them into hiding in the open.

I'm not sure what size tank my uncle has but even if he did have a large enough tank he wouldn't be able to keep it as he has small fish such as guppies and neon tetras
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I'm not sure what size tank my uncle has but even if he did have a large enough tank he wouldn't be able to keep it as he has small fish such as guppies and neon tetras
Ok, good reason then.
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