Talking Catfish (Amblydoras hancocki)

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Talking Catfish

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Talking Catfish

Amblydoras hancocki





5.8 - 7.6

[[Minimum temperature::73 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::82 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

5-19 °d

1:1 M:F

8-12 years


Additional names

Talking Catfish, Blue-Eye Catfish, Marbled Raphael Catfish, Marbled Talking Catfish

Additional scientific names

Amblydoras hancockii, Doras hancockii, Platydoras hancockii


Found in freshwater coastal swamps and flood prone areas of rivers in South America, primarily Guyana and eastern Brazil to Peru and Bolivia.


Males are more slender than females. The females underside is creamy white whereas the males is speckled.

Tank compatibility

An excellent community fish that should not bother other tank residents. Do not keep with aggressive fish.


This fish has a ferocious appetite and will gorge themselves at feeding time to the point they are fit to burst. Take care not to overfeed this fish, they will scavenge.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Will not harm plants, and requires a place to hide. Will wedge themselves into small gaps so take care with exposed heaters or filter arrangements.


A peaceful scavenger most active at night. Younger fish will be more active during the day.


Marbled brown in colour, this catfish has three sets of long barbels and a wide head.


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