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Brochis splendens (Castelnau, 1855)

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Danny Blundell (7) Charles Gibbons (4) Ian Fuller (1) Julian Dignall (1) Craig (1) Graham Ramsay (1) Allan James (1) Adrian Taylor (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Brochis splendens has a 12 dorsal ray count compared to B. britskii (15) and B. multiradiatus (17) and it has a far shorter snout than B. multiradiatus and does not posses the head shield of B.britskii. Aquarium Care: Keeping Brochis splendens in the aquarium does not present too much of a problem as long as you provide good water conditions and a few good hiding places to make them feel more secure in their surroundings. You are also better keeping at least 6 of this species as they are never very happy kept as individuals. A planted tank can also enhance their well being. Diet: The usual fare for adult Corydoras, a good quality flake food, tablet food, frozen bloodworm, grindal worm and whiteworm used sparingly.

Common Name:

Emerald Catfish 


Brochis coeruleus, Brochis dipterus, Callichthys splendens, Chaenothorax bicarinatus, Chaenothorax  semiscutatus.




South America: Brazil: Rio Tocantins, Peru: Upper Amazon near Iquitos, Rio Ambyiacu, Rio  Orosa. Ecuador: Rio Napo. Type locality: Rio Tocantins, Brazil.


8cm (3¼ins)


22-27°C (72-81°F)




ScotCat Factsheet no. 55. Jan 2001.



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