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Spotted Raphael Catfish

Spotted Raphael Catfish (Agamyxis pectinifrons)

Photo of: Spotted Raphael Catfish (Agamyxis pectinifrons)

Scientific Name(s): Agamyxis pectinifrons, Doras flavopictus, Doras pectinifrons


Common Name(s): Spotted Raphael Catfish, Raphael Catfish, Talking Catfish


Family: Doradidae


Species Type: South American Catfish


Maximum Size: 8 inches


Life Span: 9 years


Natural Habitat: South American Rivers


Minimum Tank Size: 29 gallons


Tank Region: Bottom.


Possible Tank Mates: Other community fish but can also work in new world cichlid tanks.



The Spotted Raphael Catfish is also called the "Talking Catfish". This is because it seems to 'talk' when you take it out of the aquarium! (Actually it 'croaks' or 'clicks' faintly when it 'talks'.)


This fish is peaceful and does well in a community aquarium. Being nocturnal, the Spotted Raphael Catfish or Talking Catfish is a bit shy and will look for a nice comfortable hiding place during the day.


The Spotted Raphael Catfish, like the Striped Raphael, likes to burrow in the soft river bottom so provide a corner of fine gravel or sand. They also like some plant cover and hiding places like the hollows of roots. They will not harm plants.


It is best to catch the Spotted Raphael Catfish or Talking Catfish with a glass rather than a net as they are prone to sticking out their side spines in a very rigid manner when they are stressed. They can easily get caught in a net. Not only is it difficult on both the fish and you when you try to get them untangled, it is also a bit dangerous. A prick from the spines of this fish is quite painful!


Temperature Range: 68°F - 78°F



pH Range: 5.8 - 7.6

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Hardness Range: 1° - 20°



Breeding Information: No known way to breed in captivity.


Sexing Information: No known way to sex visually.


Diet: Omnivorous - does well with sinking pellets and worms.


Temperament: Peaceful community fish.


Common Diseases: None specific to species.


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South American Catfish


Keith Pardee

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