Non-aggressive though adult individuals may consume very small fishes. It makes an excellent addition to a medium-to-large-sized community of Amazonian species alongside peaceful characins, cichlids and other catfishes, for example. It’s gregarious by nature so will display more natural behaviour when kept in a group of 4 or more specimens, though can be maintained individually if you wish, and it will also group together with similarly-looking relatives such as Platydoras armatulus, Acanthodoras spinosissimus, and Amblydoras hancockii.
This species, which may also be referred to by the alternative vernacular names ‘spotted raphael’, ‘white-spotted’ or ‘white-barred’ catfish, is very common in the trade and despite its adult size is recommended to beginners and experienced aquarists alike since it is hardy, attractive and relatively-long-lived. The light body markings are highly variable in terms of exact placement and may be either white or pale to darkish yellow in colour.
It is very similar in appearance to the congener A. albomaculatus with the most useful distinguishing character seemingly represented by collection locality since the latter is known only from the Río Orinoco drainage in Venezuela. Both species are probably sold under the same trade names.