Aquarium spotted catfish close-up

look at the info at Pet Information: Spotted Raphael Catfish if you need info. : )
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It is not very difficult to keep the Spotted Catfish. () The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The pH levels shouldn't be outside of 8.0 - 8.3 since most marine fish are used to the mentioned range of pH values.
Ictalurus is Greek and punctatus is Latin, meaning “fish cat” and “spotted”.
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CHARACTERISTICS: The smallest of the Ameiurus species in Alabama, the spotted bullhead is the only one marked with small gray-white spots on a dark gray or tan body. Endemic to the Chattahoochee River system, the spotted bullhead and snail bullhead, A. brunneus, are the only two catfish species in Alabama that have prominent black margins along the edges of their lighter dorsal, anal, and caudal fins. The rounded anal fin on the spotted bullhead contains 19 to 23 rays. The caudal fin margin is essentially straight or slightly notched. Each pectoral spine has 15 to 18 large teeth along its posterior edge. Just wanted to let you know my spotted Raphael catfish I have had for 15 years. Very nice website.
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catfish are bottom dwellers and get their name from the cat-like "whiskers," called "barbels," on their snouts that help them feel and taste things. They are also like felines because they rest in the day and prowl at night. Catfish are dark-colored fish and like secluded spots where they can be camouflaged like rock dams, deep pools, and under submerged logs. Flatheads even get into "cat" fights like tomcats do. SPOTTED BULLHEAD
(Yerger & Relyea 1968)

Identification: The Spotted Bullhead is gray or blue-black above with a yellow-gold cast, gray to white below, and covered with gray-white spots. The fins are edged in black, and there is a large dark blotch at the base of the dorsal fin. The pectoral spine has 15-20 sawlike teeth on its rear edge. The anal fin is short and rounded with 20-23 rays. The first gill arch has 12-14 rakers. To 10 3/4 in. (28 cm) total length.

Range: Spotted Bullheads live in streams on the Gulf Coastal Plain in the Suwannee, St. Marks, Ochlockonee, Apalachicola, and St. Andrews Bay drainages of northern Florida, southern Georgia, and southeastern Alabama. The Spotted Bullhead is uncommon.

Habitat: Most Spotted Bullheads are found in current in deep rock- or sand-bottomed pools of small to medium swift rivers. The species is also found in impoundments.

Similar species: The Spotted Bullhead is the only North American catfish with light round spots on a dark body. There are 2 types of bumblebee catfish, the South American and the Asian. The South American can be identified by the spot at the base of the caudal fish. This spot is almost like a square in the South American and a triangle with the tip towards the head for the Asian.Description: The body of the Spotted shovel- nosed catfish is often confused with other catfish when they are young. The top side of their smooth, brownish bodies are covered with vertical bars and rows of black “spots” that become larger and more circular as they age. This “whiskered” catfish has a shovel-like head with small eyes and long barbels.In the home aquarium, they generally grow to a maximum size of 5 inches, though there is a rarely seen small spotted variant that can grow even larger. Most of the commonly available pictus catfish in the aquarium hobby are the large spotted variant.I have one of these spotted raphael catfish. I never knew what he was until this evening after searching online. I've had him for ten or more years. We've always called him the screamer because he would screw when taken out of the water. Anyway, this guy, or girl?, has literally lived it's entire life inside a ceramic hide. It would grow too fat to get out, we'd break it out eventually and it would go into another one. It's never swam around. The other dy we broke him out again and made sure there wasn't anything else for him to get stuck in. I'm interested to see if he starts to swim around finally. He is currently snug between some rocks. He can definitely get out though if he wants.