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Scientific NameCorydoras cochui  Myers & Weitzman, 1954
Common NamesBarredtail Cory
Cochu's Catfish, Skakbrætpansermalle (Denmark)
Type LocalityRio Araguay, Santa Maria Nova, Goyaz, Brazil.
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - COCK oo eye
EtymologyCory = helmet, doras = skin. In this case it was incorrectly used to mean armour (cuirasse) instead of skin in allusion to the dual rows of plates that run along the flanks of this genus. This species is named in honour of Mr Fred Cochu.
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Size 35mm or 1.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationCorydoras are identified by their twin rows of armour plates along the flanks and by having fewer than 10 dorsal fin rays. They are most commonly confused with the other genera in the sub-family, namely Brochis, Scleromystax and Aspidoras.
SexingThe males tend to be more slender than the females.
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DistributionSouth America: Upper Araguaia River basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins, Lower Tocantins, Araguaia, Upper Araguaia (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.2
Temperature23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters2-25°dGH
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FeedingReadily accepts a mixed and varied diet which includes granular foods, frozen bloodworm and good quality flake to name but a few.
FurniturePlenty of hiding places amongst bogwood and rocks. The ideal aquarium substrate to use with these catfish is aquarium sand.
Suggested TankmatesWherever possible I would recommend that the aquarist keep these catfish in a community aquarium in small groups of six or more, but as the absolute minimum I would suggest three specimens assuming that they are available in these numbers. In their natural habitat Corydoras cochui would be found in relatively large shoals.
BreedingThere are documented reports of aquarium spawnings of Corydoras cochui, adopting the typical ?T shape? breeding clinch. The spawning activity follows on from a period of conditioning with foods such as Daphnia and bloodworm, and a partial water change using cooler water.
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ReferencesAquarium J.v. 25 (no. 4) - pp93 - Fig.
Registered Keepers(1) loach, (2) thelivelylady, (3) briggadane (k: 12), (4) miravns (k: 2), (5) marangmic, (6) Coryman, (7) Lars Jamne (k: 28), (8) Mark Panaque, (9) syno321 (p: 2).

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Breeding Reports(1) Lars Jamne (b: 33), (2) Coryman (b: 1).
Article - CotM 2007 February
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Last Update2014 Feb 26 21:22 (species record created: 2006 May 14 00:00)