Platydoras Costatus 4-6cm


Raphael - talking catfish .

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Scientific Name Striped Dora
Country of Origin South America: Negro, Essequibo, Demerara, and upper Orinoco basins. Essequibo River basins and coastal drainages in French Guiana and Suriname to Argentina
Max Size 24.0cm (9½ins)
Aquarium Level Middle - Bottom
Water Type Freshwater
pH 6.0-7.5
Temperature 24-30ºC (75-87ºF)

These fish's colour is brown with vanilla-coloured stripes. Often confused with Platydoras costatus. They have bony plates covering their body with rear-facing hooks. This feature makes fish hard to handle and can easily become tangled in fish nets. Also looks similar in appearance to Orinocodorus eigenmanni which has more longer snout. The Striped Raphael Catfish are generally peaceful fish although should not be kept with very small fish or fry. They will accept a wide range of foods including sinking pellets and flake as well as live/frozen foods. Must be provided with hiding places such as caves or pipes and dim lighting. Be careful with exposed heaters as this fish can try and hide behind them and get burnt. Some floating plants are good because they provide fish with shady area. Sand or gravel substrate are good choices. Consider adding a couple pieces of bogwood to create hiding places for fish.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the following before you place an order.

Shipping Policy

We ship our fish with DX, the only courier in the United Kingdom who are licensed to ship fish and other livestock by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

We can guarantee next-day delivery for £32 between Monday and Thursday for orders placed before 1pm and for boxes up to 25kg.

We are able to ship on Friday for a Saturday arrival, but this service will cost £45.

Please note that we will not send a fish that day if overnight temperatures are due to be lower than 6 degrees Celsius.

Some of the fish we stock can be sexed and are sold in a pair of 1 male and 1 female. Please bear in mind, however, that we attempt to match them correctly to the best of our anatomic knowledge but there can be some mistakes, as it is not always guaranteed that the fish will be oppositely sexed.

All our fish are packed in double thickness bags for their safety and security.

The bags are then packed into a polystyrene box with a 40h heat pack and a cardboard outer.

After a shipping date is agreed upon, it is the responsibility of the buyer to be at home when the package arrives.

Once the fish arrive it is your responsibility to acclimatise and then quarantine them using the dripping method. All fish leave our care in good health.

International Shipping

On account of stringent regulations and certificates surrounding the shipping of live fish reintroduced following the United Kingdom’s (UK) exit from the European Union (EU) in 2016, Aquarium-Fish Ltd are no longer able to ship to the EU.

However, we are able to ship anywhere else in the world. Please get in touch if you reside outside the UK and are interested in making a purchase to discuss shipping costs and times.



Dead on Arrival (DOA)

Policy In the unfortunate but unlikely event of your livestock arriving dead we offer a fairly standard common-sense DOA policy, standard for the tropical fishkeeping hobby.

In the event that a fish is DOA, you should contact us within 2 hours of arrival. Failure to meet this timeline will void the warranty with no exceptions.

When contacting us following a DOA, please ensure you send us a video and 3 photos of the fish in the unopened sealed bag it was originally packaged in.

Please take the time to ensure that you send us clear photos. Following a DOA, we will apply the credit of the fish (Excluding shipping) towards a future purchase.

If you pay the shipping again then we can discuss sending you a replacement, or hold the total credit for a future purchase.

If you need further clarification on any of above or have any questions about out range of tropical fish for sale, please contact us via the booking form.



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