This is a beautifully marked species in which the base chocolate (or almost black) color of the body contrasts sharply with the white or creamy bands. Its only significant drawback for many aquaria is its eventual size. The Striped Raphael Catfish has tiny curved spines running along the length of its body for protection, so it is best handled with care.
Doradids are usually called talking catfishes due to the noise they can make, but they are not the only catfishes to employ noise as a form of communication. Doradids achieve this in two main ways. One method is to stridulate the pectoral fin joint by partially locking it while moving the fin spine. This movement need not be great to make a lot of noise.