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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

Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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