Scientific Name: Platydoras armatulus Common Names: Talking Catfish Care level: Medium (due to their spiky fins) Size: 6 - 9 inches pH: 6.5 - 7.6 Temperature: 75F - 80F Temperament: The Raphael gets along with most fish, do not put him with anything that can fit in it's mouth. Lifespan: Average of 10 years though some have been known for living more than 15 years Breeding: Difficult to breed in the home aquarium Tank Size: More than 30 gallons, preferably 55 gallons Compatible Tank Mates: Many due to their peaceful nature, however, do not put him with small fish that may fit into his mouth. Catfish Disease: They have been known for being delicate towards ICH treatments, so dose carefully Diet/Fish Food: Will accept most food such as sinking catfish pellets, blood worms, flakes, etc. Tank Region: They are bottom dwelling and need a few caves and PVC pipes to keep them entertained Gender: Some say the males are not as fat as the females. Females have very round bellies since they are carrying eggs. Another way to tell them apart( for the striped raphael's) is the males tend to be more darker in color. The females are more of a cream color between the stripes, while the males have a yellowish tan color.