Above: In this picture is a nice young Emerald Green Catfish, swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: These are wonderful armored dwarf catfish that you rarely see in live fish stores. We can sometime carry the wild ones when available.
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Origin: These catfish are originally from the Amazon Rainforest in South America.
Emerald Green Catfish are armored dwarf catfish and are wonderful pet fish that are now found living in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, Emerald Green Cats can grow to be about 3.5" long, including their tails, sometimes larger, but these are dwarf catfish, so they don't get too big.
Behaviors: They like to swim across the bottom using the barbels around their mouths to find tidbits of food.
Then they'll stop to relax for a while, but every once in a while they swim quickly up to the surface of the water for a gulp of air.
Emerald Green Catfish are not aggressive to other fish.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, small Tetras like Neon Tetras, small Rasboras, Plecostomus Catfish, Honey Gouramis, and other small fish.
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Temperature: Emerald Green Catfish can live pretty well from about 70 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable from about 75 to 78 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes.
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Water Conditions: Like their close relatives, the Corydoras, Emerald Green Catfish seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions.
Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8.
We ship them in this water.
Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 20-gallon tank, but a bigger aquarium is always better.
Keep a least 2-gallons per Emerald Green Catfish, when they're small, and 3 or 4-gallons per Cory, when they are full grown.
Decor: these catfish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants: are beautiful, improve the water quality, and are enjoyed by these catfish.
Water Sprite and Java Ferns are very good plants.
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Non-toxic driftwood is also very good.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel filters are highly recommended.
A Penguin 150B Filter in an aquarium with 20-gallons of water is ideal, and a Penguin 200B Filter is the right size for a 20 to 30-gallon aquarium.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range.
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Life Span: this catfish can live for a few years, maybe several years with excellent care, including excellent water and premium fish foods.
Gender: As they mature, the females will fill with eggs and get plumper. But it's usually not easy to see.
Breeding: Cooler water may trigger spawning, and the females release eggs that hatch in a few days, and some may grow up in an aquarium, if there are not too many hungry small fish that try to eat them.
Popularity: For a long-long time Emerald Green Catfish have been popular aquarium fish.
Names: This species scientific name is Corydoras splendens.
For a long time it was Brochis splendens.
Variations: This species lives across a wide area of the Amazon Rainforest, and there are variations from place to place.
So it may be that there are really more than one closely related species, which all have the scientific name Corydoras splendens now.
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