Cat-eLog Right Arrow Heptapteridae Right Arrow Brachyrhamdia

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Scientific NameBrachyrhamdia imitator  Myers, 1927
Common NamesFalse Cory
False Corydoras
Type LocalityCaño de Quiribana near Caicara, Venezuela.
Synonym(s)Pimelodella imitator
Pronunciationbra key ram dee ah - im it ate or
EtymologyGreek, brachys, -eia = shor + Brazilian vernacular name, Nhamdia/Jamdia. imitator = alluding to the fact that this species shares, identically, the patterning of Corydoras melanistus.
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Size 75mm or 3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationOnly potentially confused with the aforementioned species of Corydoras. Anything more than a quick glance reveals the long barbels and naked flanks.
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DistributionVenezuela and Colombia
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Caura (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.0 - 7.5
Temperature20.0-24.0°C or 68-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersHardness up to 18°dGH.
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FeedingWill eat most foods to the point of bursting. Care must be taken not too overfeed especially with foods that expand once inside the fish. Live foods are relished but best used for acclimatizing or conditioning individuals.
FurnitureAn open expanse of gravel for this fish to interact with its conspecifics or Corydoras is necessary to see it at its best. Floating plants will diffuse overhead light and thus allow the fish a greater sense of security when out in the open. The swimming area should be bordered with suitable sized hiding places structured to allow this fast swimming fish both quick entry and exit.
CompatibilityA peaceful fish both with its own species and with Corydoras. The only drawback is that it will eat small tetras and young fish. Fish larger than 1'' are too large to eat and will not otherwise be molested.
Suggested TankmatesMost small to medium sized community fish are ideal. Tetras, Rasboras and Rainbowfish would all do well. The mimic nature of this fish suggests that you should keep similarly marked Corydoras species with this fish. The exact purpose of this is as yet unknown and the insight of aquarists are important in unravelling this mysterious fish.
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ReferencesBull. Mus. Comp. Zool.v. 68 (no. 3) - pp123
Registered Keepers(1) daniel60 (k: 3), (2) Jeffww (k: 6), who also notes: "Being kept with C. brevirostris, formerly a subspecies of Corydoras melanistus, B. imitator's target species.", (3) monkiecat (k: 2), (4) Mol_PMB, (5) dmcat (k: 4), (6) flipperfeet.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 1998 May
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