Emerald Catfish (Brochis splendens)

Photo of: Emerald Catfish (Brochis splendens)

Scientific Name(s): Brochis splendens, Callichthys splendens, Corydoras splendens


Common Name(s): Emerald Catfish, Emerald Cory, Green Catfish, Green Cory, Hi Fin Brochis


Family: Callichthyidae


Species Type: South American Catfish


Maximum Size: 3 inches


Life Span: 5 years


Natural Habitat: South American rivers


Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons


Tank Region: Bottom.


Possible Tank Mates: Other peaceful community fish.


Description: Although the Emerald Catfish is not picky, it should not be purchased as a "cleaner fish" meant solely to eat leftover food. Like other bottom feeders, this species requires its own food, of which there is a wide variety. A good staple food is bottom-feeder pellets or wafers with shrimp or fish meal as the main ingredient. Worms, brine shrimp, and other small live or frozen foods are relished. An aquarium of 20 gallons or more is recommended for this active species, with open foraging areas as well as plenty of hiding places.


Temperature Range: 72°F - 82°F



pH Range: 6 - 7.8

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Hardness Range: 5° - 30°



Breeding Information: It is difficult to induce this species to breed but once breeding begins, they are quite prolific breeders. Keep water pristine to help initiate the breeding process.


Sexing Information: Males tend to be more slender than females.


Diet: Omnivorous - does well with a varied diet including flakes, pellets, fresh green vegetables and live or frozen worms.


Temperament: Peaceful schooling fish.


Common Diseases: None specific to species.


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