Species spotlight- Aspidoras spilotus “C125”
Originating in Brazil, this petite catfish is a cousin to Corydoras and shares very similar behaviors. It reaches about 1.75″, and has the typical wiggly behavior of most cories. They are differentiated from cories in that their head is generally slightly longer in relation to its body length than a cory and that they have twin fontanelle (openings in the skull) and relatively smaller eyes. As with most catfish of the type, they are a very social fish doing best in groups to see them exhibit their best behaviors. Females are larger and broader than males, and they are readily bred.
They generally prefer water in the temperature range of 71-78, which has a hardness of 8-12 dkh. They are easy to feed, readily accepting frozen or pelleted meaty foods. I think they are absolutely adorable and a good alternative to the dwarf species of cories, namely C. habrosus and C. pygmaeus, that many of my customers covet. They have a beautiful green iridescence to their gill plate and subtle coloration that makes them an active and exciting addition to an aquarium.