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Scleromystax barbatus
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.

Have you bred Scleromystax barbatus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Scleromystax barbatus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Give your fish a treat! Flaked fish foods are excellent nutritionally, but most fish really enjoy tucking into live, or frozen live foods. Insect larvae such as bloodworms can be collected in summertime from your water barrel, but it is also very worthwhile to attempt to culture Daphnia or white worms for a free food source absolutely relished by aquarium fish. Frozen bloodworm are almost as good and are widely available, though freeze dried live foods tend not to go down as well. See more on feeding fish


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