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post #21 of 45 Old 07-08-2010, 12:38 PM
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Does anyone know what type of catfish he is?
Actually, kinda hard to tell from that pic. The fish has the markings, bit not the vibrant coloration of C. rabauti. That could either be from poor conditioning, stress or the photography/lighting. C. raubiti is generally an intensely colored fish.

A better image would help. - Frank

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post #22 of 45 Old 07-08-2010, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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I've tried to get another pic but a can't get close, he keeps hiding!

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post #23 of 45 Old 07-08-2010, 04:15 PM
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I've tried to get another pic but a can't get close, he keeps hiding!
Patience and practice are required. Keep at it. Frank


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post #24 of 45 Old 07-10-2010, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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These are the best pics I could get, he is very camera shy!

All the fish are still alive and well
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post #25 of 45 Old 07-10-2010, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Could he be a Corydoras zygatus? I found this website http://www.scotcat.com/articles/article114.htm and I think he looks more like the Corydoras zygatus than the Corydoras rabauti in his face and eyes and colourings?
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post #26 of 45 Old 07-10-2010, 09:24 AM
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Both those are possibilities. As you have the fish, you might be able to settle this difference anyway. The stripe on C. rabauti does not extend across the nape (upper dorsal ridge behind the head and in front of the dorsal fin) while on C. zygatus it connects up on both sides. There is also the caudal fin; on C. rabauti the stripe extends across the caudal peduncle and faintly into the lower lobe of the fin, whereas on C. zygatus the caudal fin is clear.

Of course, this could also be one of the dozens of recently discovered fish that bears a "C" number awaiting description. I haven't checked into those. Planet Catfish is a good (free) site for all Corydoras species, as is Corydoras World but that is subscription.

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post #27 of 45 Old 07-10-2010, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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His stripe runs from the top of his head and forks down both sides of his body.

He is a lovely catfish but I don't know how I managed to get him, I've not seen another one like him in the pet shops since. The only ones I've seen recently are the emerald catfish, peppered catfish and some albino ones (I've no idea what type they were). I want to get him a few more friends but I don't think I'll find the same type...
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post #28 of 45 Old 07-10-2010, 10:50 AM
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That is C. zygatus, the body stripe connects on the nape. The caudal fin check should match.

Depending upon your local fish store, species like these may appear once in a lifetime (almost). The standard species that are commercially raised are less expensive and sell faster. Most of the rarer species will be wild-caught, or bred by a local aquarist. There are a lot of hobbyists who would never consider paying upwards of $20 for one of these speciality species, and when you consider they must be in a group... you can see why they don't sell.

Other corys will get along, and species usually shoal together esp in the absence of conspecifics. Definitely find him some companions; a lone fish (or did I see two in one of the photos?) can be stressed by being on its own.

The "Emerald Catfish" is most likely Brochis splendens. Check the profile here, this fellow is fine but gets larger than the near-identical Corydoras aneus so in especially smaller tanks that has to be considered.

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post #29 of 45 Old 07-10-2010, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your post He is the only catfish in my tank, unfortunately. I originally had 2 which I bought in August 2008 from a local pet shop. One died about a year later: he lost an eye (I don't know what caused it to happen) but he survived for another couple of weeks, then I found him dead, missing the other eye..... So my little catfish has been on his own ever since. That's why I got the peppered catfish last weekend, but sadly for him, he didn't last more than 3 days Its a shame I can't find another few that are C. zygatus. I'm going to have a look round another larger pet store tomorrow and hopefully find him some suitable companions!
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post #30 of 45 Old 07-11-2010, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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All the fish are well and my cory now has some new friends! Today I got him 3 bronze catfish for company so hopefully they will all get on nicely. They have been in the tank for about 6 hours now and I've seen him swimming with them. I've also got four new tetras and they are so tiny they make the other tetras in my tank look huge!

I just hope they survive, I'm really paranoid about losing them. I've tested the water, and its as it always is: nitrate 0, GH 4, KH 3, pH 6.4, chlorine 0. Is my water too soft?
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