Striped Raphael Catfish - Platydoras costatus

SKU: 213410
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: F90 0022 0314

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The Striped Raphael Catfish (Platydoras costatus) is an attractive catfish, having a black body and horizontal, creamy stripes. A stripe passes from the middle of the tail forward on each side of the body to the center of the forehead where they meet. Another stripe passes from the tip of each pectoral fin forward to join at the tip of the snout, and a fifth stripe lines the base of the dorsal fin. The Striped Raphael is also called a "talking catfish" because of its ability to make buzzing and clicking sounds by rubbing its spines together.

This catfish is nocturnal, and needs a dark hiding place in which to take refuge during the day. It is a scavenger and will eat most foods that it finds at the bottom of the tank. It is a peaceful fish and can be kept with most community species. It is also tolerant of its own kind and can be kept in small groups or singly.

Due to its protective "armor", the Striped Raphael Catfish can also be kept with small to medium sized more aggressive fish including many types of cichlids. Despite its passive nature, it may eat very tiny fish, such as young fry.


F90 0022 0314
That Fish Place
Common NameStriped Raphael Catfish
Scientific NamePlatydoras costatus
OriginSouth America
Max Size (in inches)6
Community SafeYes
pH Range6.0-7.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
Temperature Range72-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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Good old fat catfish!



Our fish lived for 12 years. I thought that was amazing. He was an amazing little fish. Would hide out most of the time, but was a real treat to see him when he did come out. He did spend two or three days out before he died. Guess he was telling us good-bye :'( RIP Wally

Striped Raphael Catfish


Bought mine at TFP in 2005 It is now 8 inches long ,Really a cool looking fish comes out at feeding time ,Warning It will eat smaller fish<BR><b><i>
</i></b><BR><b><i>That Fish Place: Great job keeping this for so long, Eric!</i></b>

2005 fish


As of 2020 he is almost 10 inches now... and still as playful as when I bought him at TFP in 2005

old man of the tank


I've had one in my tank since 1996! That's right 26 years! Bought him at That Pet Place before I moved from Lancaster. He burrowed into the gravel during the move and re-emerged after I set up the tank at my new residence and is still kicking.