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Scleromystax barbatus (Bearded Corydoras, Corydoras barbatus)

A large, robust species similar to Corydoras in most ways but better suited to fairly large aquaria where they will have adequate swimming space and preferably soft sand for burrowing into. Scleromystax barbatus is sexually dimorphic. Males have more complex markings, a golden stripe along the snout, and bristles on the cheeks.

Tropical Fish 2 Your Door stock

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Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 2-3cm, Price: £19.95 View shop
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Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Scleromystax barbatus is similar to typical Corydoras in most ways, but it is a subtropical fish and prefers lower temperatures. It naturally inhabits coastal creeks with very soft (<3dH), slightly acidic (~pH 6) water and requires similar conditions for breeding. Otherwise adaptable and not difficult to care for. Feeding and breeding is essentially similar to that of Corydoras. Choose peaceful tankmates that will do well at the slightly lower than normal temperatures required, for example danios and subtropical barbs.

Family Group: Corydoras
Distribution Brazil
Temperature 16-20C
Size Around 10 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-8.0

Useful sources of information:

Corydoras benefit from being among the most written about catfish, and there are lots of excellent books to choose from, including:
- Aqualog - All Corydoras
- Aqualog - Corydoras All C Numbers - Brand New
- Breeding Corydoradinae Catfish
- Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish


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Lee Valley Aquatics Essex EN9 2PA View shop
Aquatic Design Centre London SW12 0PS View shop
Wholesale Tropicals London E2 0AA View shop

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