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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

Should I get rid of snails? Snails in the aquarium can be very useful. Many fishkeepers tend to overfeed a little, and this extra food sinks to the bottom and decays, polluting the aquarium water. Snails will happily come and eat up the left overs though - if you have an outbreak of snails you are most likely overfeeding your fish! If you really do want to remove snails, fish like the clown loach, and several puffers will eat them - but do make sure they are compatible with the other fish in your tank


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