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The Chocolate Talking Catfish Striped Raphael Catfish Platydoras armatulus has been a favorite of aquarium enthusiasts for a very long time. These are very pretty catfish with broad black and white stripes that run the length of their body.

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Chocolate Talking Catfish

The Chocolate Talking Catfish Striped Raphael Catfish Platydoras armatulus has been a favorite of aquarium enthusiasts for a very long time. These are very pretty catfish with broad black and white stripes that run the length of their body. The pattern is especially striking when young, though as they mature the striping is not quite as strong. They also get pretty big as in the wild, generally growing to about 7.9 inches (20 cm) in length, yet in the aquarium they are usually closer to about 6 inches (15.25 cm).

Chocolate Talking Catfish These are really fun fish to watch as they have a curious nature. They are nocturnal, but once they are comfortable in their environment they will often spend many daytime hours exploring the aquarium. They are very peaceful and hardy. An excellent choice for the beginning aquarist, or any catfish enthusiasts that wants to keep a moderately large community tank. 

This fish is a member of the Doradidae family, commonly known as Thorny Catfish. This is actually very appropriate as they are tough skinned catfish with a well-developed nuchal shield in front of the dorsal fin and bony lumps running along the lateral line that form thorny scutes. A curious fact about the Striped Raphael Catfish is that these bony lumps become tiny curved spines that offer great protection. This group is also called “talking catfish due to their ability to vocalize. They produces sounds, croaks, clicks, or squeaks, by rubbing their pectoral fins across grooves in the shoulder, which is amplified by the swim bladder. Thus this fish is commonly called the Striped Talking Catfish. Other common names it is known by are Humbug Catfish, Chocolate Catfish, Striped Dora, and Southern Striped Raphael Catfish.

The Striped Raphael Catfish are very hardy and tolerant of most water conditions. Although they are naturally nocturnal, they have a typical feline curiosity, and once comfortable in their home they will often venture out to explore during the day. They like to burrow in the soft river bottom so be sure to provide a corner of fine gravel or sand. They also like some plant cover to help keep their tank dimly lit and hiding places like the hollows of roots or driftwood, clay flowerpots, or pieces of plastic piping. Plant are appreciated but not essential.

These are very peaceful and a great catfish choice for a beginning aquarist. They do well in a community aquarium and make an excellent companion with most other medium to large fish, only very small fish may get snacked on. With its armored thorny protection it can even be kept with more aggressive tankmates.

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