Striped Talking Catfish
Behaviour Peaceful
Typical size 15cm
Max size 20cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 80cm
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 30℃
Feeding Sinking, pellet, frozen, live foods
pH Range 5.5-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Striped Talking Catfish Platydoras costatus
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Striped Talking Catfish

Platydoras costatus

This attractive and comical fish can grow to 20cm, and may eat little fish so it is best kept in larger aquaria with medium sized fish. The Striped Talking Catfish is a peaceful fish which will scavenge amongst the substrate. Provide a few hiding areas, and if possible, a sandy substrate. The fish is omnivorous and should be provided with a variety of foods. The name comes from the fishes ability to make 'grinding' noises. Do not catch these fish with a normal net, as they are covered in tiny spines which will become trapped and result in damage to the fish.

Family Doradidae (Thorny Catfishes) | Synonyms Silurus costatus, Mystus ascita, Cataphractus costatus, Doras costatus | Other names Talking Catfish, Striped Dora, Chocolate Catfish, Raphael Catfish, Striped Raphael Catfish | Origin South America | Natural Water Conditions pH 5.5-7.5, very soft to hard | Natural Habitat Sandy or sediment rich waters

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