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Title Wait, that's not a cory! Aspidoras poecilus

Sara Waller

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A brief description of Aspidoras poecilus.

Aspidoras poecilus is a small catfish found in South America in the Upper Xingu, Araguaia, and Tocantins River basins in Brazil.  This small catfish grows to an adult size of 1.8 inches long.  Mature females are likely more full bodied than males.

Aspidoras poecilus is a member of the Callichthyidae family of catfishes.  Other members include corydoras, brochis and hoplosternum.

Aspidoras catfish look very similar to their corydoras relatives, but may be distinguished by having smaller eyes, smaller and thinner heads, and overall smaller bodies,

Aspidoras poecilus should be maintained in an aquarium of 20 gallons or larger.  A soft sand substrate (CS7581) is ideal.  It can be very secretive during the day but is certainly happier and more active if the aquarium is furnished with hiding places such as driftwood (ZM2001) or rockwork. 


Aspidoras poecilus prefers a temperature of 72°F to 75°F and pH of 6.5 to 7.2.  It requires clean water with low nitrate levels.

Aspidoras poecilus is an excellent addition to any peaceful community aquarium.  Good tank mates include smaller tetras, peaceful dwarf cichlids, small rasboras, Corydoras sp. and smaller Loricariids.  It is not generally aggressive towards conspecifics and prefers to be kept in a group of 6 or more.

Aspidoras poecilus will accept live and frozen foods such as blood worms (SF4792) and black worms, as well as sinking dried foods (AL166).  For maximum growth and health, provide these fish with a probiotic (AL169) in addition to a balanced diet.


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