Chocolate Catfish (Acanthodoras spinosissimus)

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Chocolate Catfish

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Chocolate Catfish

Acanthodoras spinosissimus





6.4 - 7.4

[[Minimum temperature::71 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::78 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

6-12 °d

1:1 M:F

8-19 years


Additional names

Spiny Catfish, Chocolate Talking Catfish, Chocolate Raphael

Additional scientific names

Doras brunnescens, Doras spinosissimus


Found in South America in the Amazon and Essequibo River basins.


Difficult to visually sex. Mature females should appear more plump than males.

Tank compatibility

A generally peaceful fish provided it's kept with larger tank mates, may eat smaller tank mates. Should tolerate it's own kind and conspecifics.


Should accept most sinking foods including catfish pellets, bloodworm and shrimp.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Provide this fish with a large and well-filtered tank with plenty of hiding places in bogwood and rocks.


A generally peaceful bottom-dwelling fish.


This catfish's body is dark brown, with a creamy brown lie of thorny spines running from the shoulder to the tail. Other rows of spines share the body colour. All fins are cream with dark speckling. There are three pairs of barbels. Can be confused with Acanthodoras cataphractus, but A. cataphractus has blotch markings on the tail while A. spinosissimus has a vertical band.


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