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Marbled raphael catfish - Amblydoras hancockii

Marbled raphael catfish - Amblydoras hancockii

Scientific name: Amblydoras hancockii

Common name: Marbled raphael catfish

Family: Doradidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 14 - 16 cm (5.51 - 6.3 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 21°N (125 - 375ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Marbled raphael catfish will accept all foods offered, but when adults will not be so active in the daytime as juveniles. To ensure they get their fair share of food, provide a meal after lights out. Use pellets or algae wafers and treats of blood worms.


South America; Amblydoras hancockii are found in the waterways of Brazil, Guyana, Peru, and Bolivia.


If viewed from above, the males will have a more slender body shape. The females will have a white belly, while the males will have a freckled belly.


As of yet, there are no reported cases of these fish breeding in the aquarium, it is believed in the wild to be a bubble nest builder with the male performing the parental care.


The expected life span for Marbled raphael catfish is 8-12 years.

Short description

Provide hiding places in the tank with rocks or wood as these fish like to hide away in the daytime. They will not harm plants and are classed as a peaceful species.Also known as the Blue eye catfish.


Bought by from raphael catfish, picture 1 Marbled raphael catfish, picture 2

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