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Emerald Green Catfish - Brochis splendens

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The Emerald Green Catfish (Brochis splendens) is a beautiful shade of greenish-turquoise. This fish may also have a variety of brown markings. This is the most common of the Brochis catfish and is often referred to as the "Emerald Green Cory".

The catfish from the genus Brochis are very similar to and are often groups with the Corydoras often referred to collectively as the "Cory Cats". There are currently three recognized Brochis catfish species as well as a few other unclassified species that may be considered Brochis eventually. Though closely related, Brochis catfish usually grow larger than Corydoras and are less common. Their care and requirements are much the same.

Brochis cats are schooling fish, and should be kept in groups of at least 3-5 fish or more. Temperature should be monitored closely as they get easily stressed by cooler temperatures. They are also sensitive to stress and water quality. Monitor conditions closely as improper pH or high ammonia, nitrite or nitrate levels especially can be very harmful to Brochis cats.

Brochis catfish are found in some environments with low oxygen levels. To cope with this, they have adapted to take gulps of atmospheric air, absorbing the oxygen through their intestines and discharging the rest. It is normal to see them occasionally swim to the top, take a "breath" from the surface and return to the bottom. If they are doing this very often, however, check the water quality and make sure the oxygen isn't being depleted as a result of high temperature, high ammonia or nitrites, poor circulation or another condition.

Brochis are peaceful and can be kept in most community and planted aquariums with fish like tetras, danios, rasboras, livebearers and rainbows. Provide broad-leaf plants and crevices under rocks or other ornaments for hiding places as well as some open areas for swimming room. Avoid substrate with sharp or jagged edges that can irritate and damage their undersides and barbels; fine or sandy substrates are best. They accept flake and small pellet foods as well as tablets, live or frozen worms, and brine shrimp.
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Common NameEmerald Green Catfish
Scientific NameBrochis splendens
OriginSouth America
Max Size (in inches)3
Community SafeYes
pH Range6.0-8.0
Min Tank Size (in gallons)20
Temperature Range72-80
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
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Emerald Green Cats


Emerald greens are very active and fun to watch. Very good scavenger