Striped Raphael Catfish

Striped Raphael Catfish (Platydoras Armatulus): Care Guide

Striped Raphael Catfish have a more rounded body shape with pointed heads and tails. They have beautiful striped silver and black bodies with flat bellies. Striped Catfish have 3 sets of barbels on their mouths. One set of barbels is located on the top lip, and the other 2 sets are located on the bottom. Barbels act like taste buds and help them find their food in murky waters. Striped Raphael Catfish also have spines on their backs, and sharp fins. The spines serve them as a form of defense against predators.

Bumblebee Catfish

Bumblebee Catfish (Microglanis iheringi): Care Guide

Bumblebee Catfish (Microglanis iheringi) is a freshwater fish species that are native to the waters of South America, specifically Columbia and Venezuela. They get their name from their yellow and black stripes, similar to that of a bumblebee.

Their hardy nature makes them easy to care for, along with their exciting colors and small size, which have made them a popular choice in the aquarium hobby. Unlike other species of catfish, such as redtail catfish, bumblebee catfish don’t grow nearly as large, usually maxing out at only 3 inches. They are nocturnal, meaning you may not see them very often during the day.

Red Tail Catfish (Phractocephalus Hemioliopterus)

Red Tail Catfish (Phractocephalus Hemioliopterus): Care Guide

Red tail catfish are one of the most challenging species to keep in any tank. They grow to such extreme lengths, and their aggression makes them a questionable choice for a novice. Just the tank size required for them makes you genuinely consider whether they’re worth it. If you genuinely want to keep a redtail catfish, you have to ask yourself a few questions beforehand. Are you prepared for their rapid growth and needs? Do you have the room required for their massive tanks? But most importantly, can you give them the best life possible? If you answered no to any of those questions, then you aren’t fit to own and care for a redtail catfish.