Striped Raphael Catfish

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Striped Raphael Catfish -- platydoras costatusSee more aquarium fish pictures.
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Scientific name: Platydoras costatus

The Striped Raphael Catfish will grow to eight inches and should be kept in a tank with larger community fish. They are active at night, hiding during the day. When the tank light is turned off and a night light in the room is on, these active fish can be observed along with any other catfish in the tank.


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The Striped Raphael Catfish does best at a water temperature between 74º and 86º Fahrenheit and a pH in the range of 5.8 to 7.5 with moderately soft to somewhat hard water. All flake and freeze-dried foods are taken, although larger specimens will benefit from pellet foods.

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