The common name of 'False Adolfoi'
is due to its habit of schooling with this species
of Corydoras (C. adolfoi) 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 and the orange head
blotch such as C. davidsandsi, C. adolfoi, C.
melini and other species from the upper Rio Negro
rather than plain species such as C. aeneus
which tend to be nipped and driven out of the shoal.
Reported to be a bit more harder to keep than the
other Brachyrhamdia such as B.
marthaeso a good aquarium husbandry
is a must. 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. Remarks: Not often
seen in imports.
Unini River basin in upper Negro River drainage, Brazil.
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,