Max Size: 10cm

Banded Corydoras (Scleromystax barbatus)

Banded Corydoras are active schooling fish and should be kept in schools of at least six. There is no aggression between these catfish and other fish species. While you can keep these fish safely with other temperate species in a community aquarium, they are not recommended to be kept with more aggressive Cichlids or Bottom-dwelling species.

When the fish come into spawning condition, the aggression between males can heighten, causing significant damage to each other, even leading to fatal outcomes on some occasions; therefore, it is advisable to house one male with a group of females.

Banded Corydoras grow more significant than other Corydoras species, so a larger aquarium is required. The barbels on their bodies are used for locating food particles on or in the substrate, just like those on other Corydoras.


Banded Corydoras
Banded corydoras
Banded corydoras
Banded corydoras
Banded Corydoras
Banded Corydoras
Quick Facts
Scientific NameScleromystax barbatus
Year Described1824
Other NamesCorydoras Barbatus, Bearded Catfish
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespanup to 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH2 - 25
TDS18 -215
68 - 82℉
20 - 27.8℃

Natural Habitat

Guaporé River


In the home aquarium, the Banded Corydoras will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is effortless to differentiate male from female Banded Corydoras. Males stomachs are silvery-white, and they have dark Black to yellowish-brown markings on the flanks. They display two large golden blotches on the upper side of the caudal peduncle with big, shimmering brassy spots on the upper surface of the head and the cheeks and their fins are translucent with black spots. Males also have more extended pectoral fins than females and possess a row of bristles across their cheeks.

In contrast, Females body colour is dark brown with random lighter blotches, their stomach is a creamy-white, and their head is dark brown with irregular light spots. Females also have some light brown colouring, forming faint lines in all their fins.

Other Corydoras of interest

Adolfos Catfish(Corydoras adolfoi)
Agassizs Corydoras(Corydoras agassizii)
Albino Corydoras(Corydoras aeneus)
Araguaia Corydoras(Corydoras araguaiaensis)
Armatus Corydoras(Corydoras armatus)
Axelrods Corydoras(Corydoras axelrodi)
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Date Added: 07/12/2020 - Updated: 06/09/2022 13:13:12