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How to look after
Bearded catfish, Banded cory, Giant cory
Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
(Other members of the genus Scleromystax)
ADULT SIZE: 10 cm
WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 20-25 C
FOOD: Feed Scleromystax barbatus live and dried foods
DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil
AQUARIUM CARE: This larger cory-type cat can reach sizes of almost four inches. Although often referred to as Corydoras barbatus, it has recently been moved to the genus Scleromystax. Best kept in a shoal of at least six individuals. An ideal tank will have a fine substrate, and slightly cooler, well-oxygenated water.
BREEDING: Like many other similar catfish species, spawning in S. barbatus can be induced by heavy feeding of livefoods, followed by large water changes of cooler water.