I think they are really cool looking, I used to have one, and he was one of my favorite fish. I dont trust them in my dwarf tank though, so I dont have one anymore.
If you dont see them, then you are not staying up late enough They come out at night, so if you want to see them, turn the lights off an hour or so earlier. In my experience, they like to come out almost immediatly after the lights come out. Most nocturnal animals prefer this time period too, at the first sign of darkness they come out, instead of waiting until the middle of the night.
I don't mind keeping fish I hardly ever see. Makes the few times I do ever see them all that more exciting - if only a little short-lived.
I have midnight catfish, a brown bullhead, a tadpole madtom, a sun catfish and two mustache catfish that I hardly ever see.
When I do catch a glimpse it's like an automatic stop in everything I do and watch as I realize that the fish I forgot I had who's swimming from under one piece of rock or wood to another has gotten really big since I've last seen it. :lol:
I had raphaels on two different occasions, but got rid of them because I never saw them. Plus, I think he was eating my cardinals at night. Anyhow, I have a clown pleco that I never see. For all I know, it may be dead. No more raphaels for me. Funny, how they don't seem to hide at the stores, but as soon as you drop them in your tank, they are gone.
I had one and I NeVeR saw it so I traded it in and got a $40 cichlid free!
I <3 my LFS!
But he grew inches between sightings! I have too admit I stopped everything when I saw it and just the few seconds made my day that much better!
My LFS has a 2" shovelnose and I want him SOO bad but my tank isnt big enough! IDK if i would even see him even if I did get a huge tank ( a 400gall would be nice, Wow I could see my moms face if I brought that home :lol: )
I must be really lucky the cuz I just got a stripped and he has been out in the open feeding for about 15min, maybe he was just hungary. My dickfeldi do NOT like him lol will they harm him? They are about the same size 1.25"