SOUTH AMERICA: Guapore River Basin, Brazil. Type
Locality: Upper Rio Guapore, Vila Bela, Malto Grosso, Brazil.
Min Tank Size:
20 gallons (76 liters) or larger.
Min Shoal Size:
Best in groups of six or more.
OMNIVORE: Thrives best on a varied diet consisting
of live or frozen bloodworms, blackworms, brine shrimp, daphnia,
chopped earthworms, grindal worms, tubifex and white worm. Compliment
with algae tablets as well as tablets, granules, pellets for catfish
and other bottom-dwellers. High-quality flake food may even be
Temperature of 68 to 77°F (20 to 25°C),
pH 6.0 to 7.6, 0-11° dH
Easy to Moderate. A riverine environment can be
reproduced by choosing a substrate of either soft river sand or
very small, well-rounded gravel, onto which a few dried leaves
can be scattered. Add pieces of driftwood, dried branches stripped
of bark or roots for cover. Rock work and caves provides additional
cover. Plant densely around the sides of the tank, leaving the
center expanse open for swimming. Dim lighting is preferred. Water
should be extremely clean, very clear, well-oxygenated and have
a mild current.
A very peaceful fish ideal for either species-only
or non-aggressive community aquariums. Most confident in a shoal
of at least 6, C. spectabilis should be kept in a ratio of 1 male
to 1 female. Gentle tankmates include: anabantoids, cardinal tetras,
small characins, cyprinids, dwarf cichlids, danios, guppies, mollies,
platys, rasboras, swords, conspecifics, otos, small plecos and
other small catfish.
Good for all – Some experience required.
Discovered in late 1999, the Millennium Cory gets
it's name from being the first catfish species to be described
in a journal in the year 2000. Commonly confused with Brochis,
Scleromystax and Aspidoras, C. spectabilus has a lifespan of approximately
3 5 years.