Painted Talking Catfish (Acanthodoras cataphractus)

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Painted Talking Catfish

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Painted Talking Catfish

Acanthodoras cataphractus

Moderate

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 7.4

[[Minimum temperature::71 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::78 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

6-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years

Family

Doradidae



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Additional names

Chocolate Raphael, Chocolate Talking Catfish, Milky Catfish, Spiny Catfish

Additional scientific names

Callichthys asper, Cataphractus americanus, Doras blochii, Silurus cataphractus


Origin

Sexing

Mature females are larger than males and fuller in the mid-section.

Tank compatibility

A generally peaceful fish provided it's kept with larger tank mates, may eat smaller tank mates. Should tolerate it's own kind and conspecifics.

Diet

In the aquarium they will eat most prepared foods and any live foods that will fit into it's mouth (including other small aquarium inhabitants).

Feeding regime

Prefers to be fed after lights out. Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

In the aquarium they need smooth sand or gravel to prevent damage to their barbels. The tank should be large and well-filtered with plenty of hiding places in bogwood and rocks.

Behaviour

Active at night preferring to hide during the day. Likes to be kept in groups of 4 or more.

Identification

This catfish's body is dark brown, with a creamy brown lie of thorny spines running from the shoulder to the tail. Other rows of spines share the body colour. All fins are cream with dark speckling. There are three pairs of barbels. Can be confused with Acanthodoras spinosissimus, but A. cataphractus has blotchy markings on the tail while A. spinosissimus has a vertical band.

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