David Sands (1)
Daniel Blom (1) Allan James
(1) Erlend D. Bertelsen (1)
The common name of 'False Cory'
is due to its habit of schooling with Corydoras
species. This habit probably stems from the protection
of this scaleless catfish from large predators due
to the plated Corydoras where predators are
wary of the locked pectoral and dorsal spines. There
is the other scenario that states that the Brachyrhamdia
are practising a Batesian form of shoaling wheras
they take food that the Corydoras dig up
from the substrate and also they stael the eggs of
these species. They seem to do better with Corydoras
that possess a black eye stripe such as C. melanistius
rather than plain species such as C. aeneus
which tend to be nipped and driven out of the shoal.
Aquarium Care: House in aquaria (24ins/60cm
or over) with alternate sand and gravel substrate.
Provide planted area. Keep in a species tank or with
Corydoras and larger Characins or Anabantoides
in the top half as they can be predatory with small
species such as Neon Tetras. Diet:
Tablet and pellet foods. Frozen and live foods such
as bloodworm. Insect larvae. Not a fussy eater.
Caura River basin in Orinoco River drainage.
Baensch, H.A. and R.
Riehl 1985 Aquarien
atlas. Band 2. Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und
Heimtierkunde GmbH, Melle, Germany. 1216 p. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, version (05/2012). Sands, David; Catfishes of the World.
Vol. 3 Auchenipteridae & Pimelodidae. Dunure Publications
1984. Morris, J.T.; ScotCat Article:
Observation On a Spawning of Brachyrhamdia imitator,