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& associated species 07/04/2002
Genera : Corydoras, Aspidoras, Brochis
Family : Callichthyidae
Geographic Origin : South America
Common Names : Bronze, Peppered, Panda Corydoras; Hog-nosed Brochis
Compatibility : May be kept with most species of fish. Non-aggressive,
Minimum aquarium size : The small species of Aspidoras and Corydoras can be
kept in tanks as small as 450 x 250 x 250mm
(18" x 10" x 10") but will generally thrive better
in larger tanks.
Temperature : Ideal temperature is around 750F but will tolerate both higher
and lower temperatures. Water temperature is often lowered
quite drastically (using cold water at a partial water change) to
promote the onset of breeding.
Habitat : Likes a well planted community tank with a gravel substrate.
Some aquarists use a fairly coarse gravel, others use fine sand-like
gravel on the principle that it lessens 'wear and tear' on the fishes'
barbels, although this may be due to bacteria in the substrate
rather than to particle size (or 'sharpness') of the substrate.
Water Parameters : Although these fish are generally found in soft water,
they very readily adapt to hard water to such an extent,
that they will happily breed in hard water.
Health : Generally do not suffer with health problems. The nose of the fish
is sometimes accidentally damaged and may need treatment.
Treatment should be done in a separate tank.
If the community tank needs to be treated for White Spot (on other
fish), ideally, the catfish should be removed before treatment as they
may be allergic to the particular chosen treatment.
Diet : Catfish, should not only be used for cleaning up uneaten food after
other fish have had their fill, but should also be fed separately.
This is best achieved by adding food for them just before the lights are
turned off at night. They are omnivorous in their diet and particularly
enjoy frozen bloodworm.
Plants : All species of tropical plants are acceptable. Not plant eaters.
Breeding Notes : Corydoras are egg-depositors, the female carrying the eggs
between her pelvic fins to the chosen spawning site.
Availability : There is always a very wide selection available.
Research your selection and then check with shops.
Show Class : F.B.A.S. Show Class H Corydoras, Aspidoras
Class Ha Brochis
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