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Emerald Green Cory Cat
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Brochis splendens

Emerald Green Cory Cat

Quick Stats:   Emerald Green Cory Cat

Family: Callichthyidae
Range: South America
Size: Up to 3½ inches
Diet: Omnivore
Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood
Tank Conditions: 68-72°F; pH 6.8-7.2; dH 8-10
Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons
Light: Medium
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: Bottom
Care Level: Easy
Reproduction: Egg Layer

Also known as the Green Catfish or Emerald Brochis, the Emerald Green Cory Cat comes from the regions of South America in the Amazon River basin. It inhabits waters with high vegetation and neutral pH.

A minimum of a 30-gallon tank, highly planted, with plenty of driftwood will help mirror the natural habitat of this catfish. Maintain a pH close to neutral, with good filtration to ensure proper health.

In the aquarium, females will collect the eggs in a pelvic fin basket and deposit them individually on plants, rocks, driftwood and other objects. Pairs have been known to produce 900-1100 eggs.

The Emerald Green Cory Cat is a bottom feeding fish that will help keep the left over food that falls to the bottom of the tank under control. Supplemental foods such as bloodworms, tubifex, flake food, or sinking carnivore pellets should be fed to provide the proper nutrition.

Ideal tank mates include:

 
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