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Agamyxis pectinifrons
Spotted Raphael Catfish, Spotted Talking Catfish, Whitebarred Catfish

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Name: Agamyxis pectinifrons
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Amazon River basin
15 cm 100 L 7.0 25°C


I have two of these little guys and they are by far my favorite fish. I have them in a tank with a gourami couple, two dwarf cockatoo cichlids, and a pleco. They are extremely nocturnal, I haven't ever seen them swim except when I first let them out of their bags. I had no idea if they survived, so I went hunting around with a flashlight one night and violá...they both share the same hole in one of the driftwood pieces, and they wiggle their tales about with any extra lights. Highly recommend them, even if you hardly see them, it's still worth it :)

Contributed by Sarah

I have had my little spotty now for 3 years. He was in a 75 cm tank with various other fish, but now lives in my new 120 cm, 260 L bow front tank with mainly cichlids, bristlenose plec and a cuckoo catfish. We too do not see him for months on end, so I turn all the lights off at night and watch him with a camcorder set on night mode. Great fish.

Contributed by Shane

I have 2 of these little guys in my 380 L tank along with 4 ropefish, a delhezi bichir, and a senegal bichir. They eat any type of food you throw into the tank, very easy fish to care for. They really like to hide a lot in the cracks of a large rock I have in the tank. They come out at night to feed and I have even caught them stealing food out of the delhezi bichir's mouth, and he's almost three times the size of them! All in all a great fish with an equally great personality that I would highly recommend to people who don't keep small fish like neons, because they are likely to be eaten as the catfish gets larger.

Contributed by Quintin Golka

I have had my talking catfish for ten years now, he has reached maximum size. He shares his home with a lot of community fish and a few other bottom feeders. He eats mainly bloodworm and algae tablets, if aimed at his cave.

Contributed by Ryan

I have these guys in my fish shop. When I started they were just an interesting find and kept my customers and me entertained. They love being in groups and should NOT be kept alone. They do come out during the day or rather, late afternoon, when I feed them as they feel safer in groups (I'm specifically referring to my show tank at the shop). My friends, customers and I joke that these fish along with the featherfin squeaker, curse us every time we net one! The sounds they make are truly amazing and it shows where the name comes from. I recommend this fish to anyone who is truly aware of keeping fish rather than just having them!

Contributed by Zohar Kiaav

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