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Scientific Name Brochis splendens  (Castelnau, 1855)
Common Names Emerald Catfish
Brochis-Panzerwels (Germany), Common Brochis, Emerald Brochis, Green Catfish, Smaragdpansermalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Rio Tocantins, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Brochis coeruleus, Brochis dipterus, Callichthys splendens, Callichthys taiosh, Chaenothorax bicarinatus, Chaenothorax eigenmanni, Corydoras semiscutatus
Pronunciation BROK iss - SPLEN denz
Etymology Brochis: From the Greek brochis, meaning inkhorn; in reference to the resemblance of the fish to one. This specific epithet means "to shine" (splendes=shine).
Articles
Article - CotM 2004 January
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Breeding Brochis splendens
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Size 99mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus Brochis can be distinguished from other corydoradine species by the fact that Brochis have more than 10 rays in the dorsal fin, whilst all other members of the Corydoradinae have 7 rays.

B. splendens has fewer rays (10 - 12) in its dorsal fin than the other two species of Brochis
Sexing Mature females are larger and more fuller. Sexing immature fish is very inaccurate.
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Distribution South America: Ecuador, Peru, Brazil
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 5.8 - 8.0
Temperature 22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Will adapt to most conditions providing the water is of reasonable quality. Is happier than most fish in low-oxygen conditions. Larger fish prefer deeper water, but this species is less unsettled by life in shallower water.
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Feeding A fish that likes to dig around for food, but will eat all prepared foods that find their way to the substrate. Live bloodworms or tubifex are especially relished - be careful with the tubifex. It can be difficult to feed carefully and if it starts living in the tank water conditions can quickly deteriorate. This can, at least in part, be controlled by offering tubifex in a shallow ceramic bowl.
Furniture Open spaces of substrate, and rock or wood refuges, slightly elevated to provide the shade these fish like to rest under, in rare moments of inactivity.
Compatibility An ideal community tank resident, keep in shoals.
Suggested Tankmates Can be kept with most fish. More suitable for keeping with loaches than Corydoras as their larger size helps them compete better for food. Boisterous enough to be kept in more dynamic aquaria. Perfect for an Amazon River biotope.
Breeding See catfish of the month link below.
Breeding Reports There are 6 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References Exped. Amer. Sud.v. 2 - pp39 - Pl. 18 (fig. 3)
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Last Update 2017 Oct 30 13:49 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)