Banded Corydoras (Scleromystax barbatus) Species Profile & Care Guide
Banded Corydoras are an active schooling fish and should be kept in schools of at least six. These catfish are entirely peaceable towards other fish species. They can be kept safely alongside other temperate species in the community aquarium, but it is not recommended to combine these fish with more aggressive Cichlids or Bottom-dwelling Cichlids.
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.
The Banded Corydoras get more extensive than most Corydoras species so therefore require a bigger aquarium than usual. Just like other Corydoras, they have barbels that are used to find food particles in or on the substrate.
|Scientific Name||Scleromystax barbatus|
|Other Names||Corydoras Barbatus, Bearded Catfish|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||up to 5 years|
|Temperature||68 - 82 ℉ (20 - 27.8 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||2 - 25|
Natural Habitat of the Banded Corydoras
Banded Corydoras are endemic to tributaries of the Capivari, Inbomirim and the coastal Rios Guapi in south-eastern Brazil, between Santa Catarina and Rio de Janeiro in South America. They inhabit slow-flowing almost still coastal drainages, ponds and streams with a substrate of fine pebbles or sand often covered by mud.
Other Corydoras of interest
Banded Corydoras are scavenging omnivores and will accept high quality dried foods such as sinking pellets or wafers. They will also happily eat small live and frozen foods such as bloodworm, Tubifex, daphnia and suchlike.
Providing these Corydoras with a varied diet will ensure the fish are in optimum health and condition.
Even though these fish are foragers, it is not acceptable to expect them to survive on the left-overs from other fish inhabitants of the aquarium, nor be relied on to clean the aquarium of algae.
Breeding the Banded Corydoras
you can breed banded Corydoras similarly to many Corydoras species. However, The fry is not the easiest to raise, requiring excellent water quality.
Place a single male and female together to avoid rival males concentrating on each other, and when the female is noticeably full of eggs perform a large 50-70 per cent water change with slightly colder water, and increase the flow and oxygenation in the tank. Repeat this every day until the fish spawn.
The Banded Corydoras will deposit their eggs on the aquarium glass, amongst fine-leaved plants or spawning mops, with the spawning mop being prefered by breeders since they facilitate easy removal of eggs.
Once spawning has concluded, it would be better if you removed the eggs. You can usually roll the eggs gently up the glass with a finger. Place the eggs into a separate grow out tank containing the same water and oxygenation. Most breeders add a few drops of methylene blue, or a couple of alder cones at this point to prevent the eggs from developing fungus.
Incubation usually takes 3-4 days, and once the fry has fully-absorbed their yolk sacs, can accept small live foods such as artemia nauplii, microworm and suchlike.