EMERALD BROCHIS (Corydoras splendens)– I am sure many of you have walked into a fish store and come across a catfish the resembles an oversized bronze corydora. That is the Emerald Brochis. These gentle giants can grow to twice the size of most corydoras species but retain the fun, playful attitude of their smaller cousins. Like their cousins, the should be kept in a school of 6 or more. An appropriately sized tank is therefore needed with the minimum size being 115 liters/ 30 gallons. They don’t seem to notice their size differences and will often school with other cory species particularly when young. But because they are bigger and higher than other corydoras, you can safely keep them with some large but peaceful South American cichlids.
Origin: Peru, Columbia, Brazil, Ecuador
Size: 8 cm/ 3 inches
Temperature: 20-28°C/ 68-82°F
Feeding: Like all corydoras, they are easy to feed. They will eat any sinking food and they relish bloodworms.
Habitat: Provide a substrate of sand or rounded gravel that will not cause injury to their whiskers as they root through it for food. If you are using gravel, be sure to vacuum it weekly to prevent bacterial buildup beneath the surface that could cause infections if their mouths become injured. An airstone in the tank will lessen the number of times corydoras have to surface for air and a long tank that provides swimming space is better than a deep tank of the same water volume.
Breeding: Lays eggs like most corys on the walls of the aquarium. The emerald brochix tend to lay their eggs closer to the surface of the water.
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