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Corydoras are ideal aquarium fish, peaceful, active and they are also very useful at detecting uneaten food items on the substrate. Best kept in a small group. Barbatus grows much larger than most Corydoras. Barbatus Cory is found in several rivers near Rio de Janeiro in Southeastern Brazil.

Corydoras catfish are popular amongst aquarists due to their calm temperaments and unique appearance and personalities. They are great peaceful tank mates for many tropical species, are easy to breed, and helpful as a clean-up crew. 

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Features of Barbatus Corydoras:

  • Male barbatus have a gold nose stripe & females remain peppered gray
  • Short faces, armored bodies with barbels or whiskers around their mouths
  • Cory catfish are bottom-dwelling fish that spend a lot of time hiding in caves or digging in the substrate
  • Best kept in groups of 6 or more
  • Grows up to 12cm


The Best Aquarium Size for Cory Catfish:

Cory Catfish requires a tank size at least 70L. However, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size. 

Nice tank brands you can consider:

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Corydoras will feel safety in numbers, a group of six corydoras or more in same species is highly suggested. These peaceful bottom dwellers can be kept with pretty much any community fish. 


Diet :

Corydoras will eat anything small or soft enough to fit in their mouths. Feed a quality flake, granule, sinking pellet or wafer. You can feed them live blackwormsfrozen bloodwormsHikari Vibra Bites, Hikari sinking wafers, sinking pellets and Nutrafin Max bottom-feeder tablets.

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Corydoras Catfish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Corydoras

A good filtration system is necessary for a community tank, lots of oxygen and regular water changes is necessary for your corydoras to thrive. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate for your aquarium size to effective remove waste and debris.

Here are some great ones to consider:

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Aquarium Heater for Corydoras

This fish enjoy temperatures between 22 - 28° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures.  A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

Aquarium Plants for Corydoras

To mimic their natural habitat, we recommend adding live aquatic plants to your aquarium. Corydoras catfish are aquarium plant safe and will not consume plant material unless it is decaying.

Here are some great aquarium plants to try:

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Aquarium Decorations for Corydoras

catfish love driftwood and enjoy lots of hiding spots to feel safe in an aquarium environment. Other ornaments large enough to swim around and hide around such as caves and pipes are also great options.

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Aquarium Lighting for Corydoras

Corydoras catfish do not have specific lighting requirements. While, plants need sufficient light to grow LED lighting is an excellent choice to provide adjustable lighting as desired. LED lighting is also more efficient and runs cooler than traditional aquarium lights.


Aquarium sand or fine smooth gravels are a good substrate to mimic their natural environment and provide a suitable bed for aquatic plants to grow. 

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Additional Information

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