What’s up fish tank people? Fishtanktv.com. Dustin’s fish tanks bringing it to you on a Sunday. Yea, baby! It’s species Sunday! Woke up, rocking my Kirkwood hoodie because I was getting excited to go snowboarding. Talking to my boys planning out the spring trip. Excited about that. Also got the Browns playing the Steelers today and the Browns actually have a shot today even though they couldn’t close out against the Cowgirls but they’ve got a shot. No Big Ben Rothlesberger in the game today and I’m excited my dad and sister are actually up at the Browns game today. I’m excited. I’m not sure how much of it I’ll watch cause I like to stay happy on my Sundays cause watching the Browns doesn’t exactly make that happen.
Here’s what’s up. I wanted to talk about something. A fish that was all over the place in Peru. A fish that I’ve been wanting to do a species Sunday on, tried to do a species Sunday on it last week but it was just completely hidden on a tank that was a mess. I’ve got it now. Here it is! Raphael catfish. And I’m actually going to take this sucker. No, I’m going to leave him in here and tell you about him.
Alright, so these guys were everywhere when I went to Peru, in the Amazon River. I’m going to butcher the scientific name but “Platydoras armatulus” which means something with armor. Basically they have an armor on them, you like that?
I’m going to show these guys. They make a noise, I’m not sure if you guys can hear that. And they got spines. So I’m showing this fish. They were everywhere in Peru. I mean every time we pulled up the net we had tones of them. I brought home like 6 of them. I immediately put them in my dirted tank. They do not go in a dirted tank. They make a huge mess. So it’s definitely not a fish you want to put in a dirted tank because they will just dig and mess everything up. I’ve got him in here. Super, super, super hardy. My man Brian who you all know and love, he actually had these at the pet store. They would get into the driftwood that they would sell and people would say ‘Hey this catfish fell out’. So they were in a car for 20 minutes (I’m not saying do this) but he said that they would survive on a piece of driftwood for a long time out of water. Mega, mega, mega hardy.
I did a little bit of research on them and I found out they can live, some people say they can live up to 22 years, some people talk about them living to 17. Very, very hardy, hardy, hardy fish.
You can keep them with cichlids, because it’s got these armor plates on it. I’m actually going to take it out and show you that again. It’s got these armored spines on it, so no one’s going to mess with it for too long. It’s making that croaking noise. It’s got these spines here. I wouldn’t… oh. Oh boy, dropped my boy down. Armored plate, he needs it cause I’m dropping him. Super beefy fish. You can just feel him, they’re a hardy, hardy fish. Armored plates and I feel bad dropping him. Super hardy, eats anything. They tend to over eat. They are also nocturnal. He’s ticked because he’s in such a little container but I just wanted to show him to you.
Like I said, not for a dirted tank. Very long lived. Makes a squeaking noise. I wouldn’t keep these with little tetras or whatever. They get 5-7 inches. I haven’t actually seen them that big but just a really, really hardy catfish that I would recommend for beginners. I’m going to put him back in here. I’ve got another one floating in there.
I want to show you guys what I did this morning though. I got this stand out from the 75. I’ve got the one 75 that was downstairs down over here with just a bunch of stuff floating in it. And I’ve got this other one here. And what I’m going to do, and I’ve got to give myself, I did the entire stand move and drain of the other one. The other one I still got down there, but I got the entire stand out of the house without the wife noticing, so that’s a big plus. Anything you can do to get the fish tank crap out of the house always makes the wife happy. So that’s what I did. Showing you the stand. You guys looked at it last week, but it’s a bit better view since nothings on it. I think what I’m going to do is take it and put it over against this wall, slide all this back over here and then turn this 29 sideways. By the way I love this fish in here. Just chills by himself. He’s like, what’s up man. I’m just a chilled bubble eyed goldfish getting to eat all this algae. So I’m excited about that. I’m going to get one of my boys to help lug the 75 up. I’m thinking of hacking the stand down a couple of inches just to make it easier for me to get into the top of it. I’m tall, but I’m not quite tall enough to reach the bottom of the tank so that would be helpful for me. I’m thinking about putting it over here so that’s what I’m doing. I’ve got my hibiscus that has been blooming for a while. This greenhouse right now by the way is.. I want to say it’s about 40 something outside, but it’s 65 in here so that’s tight.
Yea, just having a good time. Raphael Catfish, tell me what you know about them. Sorry for dropping him on camera, but I can assure you he’s ok. I’d love to hear your stories about how long lived they are, what they eat, what you’ve seen them do. And yea, let me know. Drop some knowledge if you’ve got it about the Raphael Catfish.