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Auckland, New Zealand
Species group: Corydoras
Other name: Giant Brochis
Scientific name: Brochis britskii
Country / place of origin: Brazil, Paraguay
AppearanceDetails: The Britski's Catfish possesses a large number of dorsal fin rays (15-18) as compared to the Corydoras species, which have about seven. Its shorter snout and larger eye distinguishes it from the other Brochis species. A bony plate or shield covers the white part of the underside of the head.
Size: up to 4 inches
Gender: There is not much information about differences between the sexes. Apparently, the female is larger and fuller when it is carrying the eggs.
Temperature: 68 - 75°F
pH balance: 6.5 - 7.5
Aquarium specifications: These fish come from reed-choked waters; hence, the water current in the tank should be minimal. The fish prefer deep water. The tank should have open spaces of substrate. Rock or wood refuges can be slightly elevated to provide shade for the fish to rest under.
Water hardness: 110 - 280 mg/L
Temperament: Being gregarious by nature, Britski's Brochis are good shoaling fish for the larger community tank. They are rarely inactive. They get along with most fish. However, Loaches make better tank mates than Corydoras as they are of similar size and this helps when competing for food. They can be kept with more dynamic species due to their boisterousness.