The Corydoras Catfish
There are many different species of Corydoras available, all of which have great a character and make a fascinating addition to any tropical community aquarium. They originate from the river basins of South America, although most are now captive bred.
They are a fish that naturally swims in schools and therefore, are best kept in groups three is a good number. They are bottom dwellers and will happily spend their time keeping the bottom of the aquarium clean while they search for food. Corydoras are very peaceful and undemanding.
There are many types available which vary greatly in size, from the tiny Corydoras pygmaeus at 2.5cm to the much larger Corydoras barbatus which reaches 12cm. Although many of the more commonly kept species such as the bronze catfish C.aeneus, or peppered catfish C.paleatus typically reach a size of approx 7cm.
A natural aquarium set up with a silver sand or fine gravel substrate, a few plants and some bogwood would be ideal for these cheerful little fish. They will accept most foodstuffs, although be sure to include some sinking catfish pellets or bloodworm in their diet.
The Bosemani Rainbow
The Bosemani Rainbow fish makes a stunning addition to a community tropical aquarium.
The males will exhibit a striking colour of half purple and half orange, which certainly makes them stand out from the crowd! Although it may take up to twelve months for their full splendid colouration to develop.
They are a peaceful and active schooling fish. They will grow to 8-10 cm and require a tank size of at least 90 cm Ideal water conditions would be a ph of 7 and a gh of 8-15 degrees.
Tropical flake food is widely accepted, although they will benefit from the addition of live food. Tetra Pro Colour will also enhance their vivid colour.
A planted aquarium with open areas of swimming space will create a spectacular effect.
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The Cherry Barb
This stunning little fish is often over looked because it belongs to the Barb family – and Barbs have a reputation for being fin nippers. This is very true of the Tiger Barb but most of the rest of the family make good community fish.
The Cherry Barb is a superb example of why this Barb should be included in any community aquarium.
It is a very colourful red fish with the male being much brighter red than the female, she is much more of an orange colour the photo shows the difference.
The male is a showy chap with his fins extended whenever a female is present, and he will spend all day trying to attract a mate.
Five or more make a good shoal but the more the better.
Cherry Barbs will eat almost any type of food; dry flakes, live foods like daphnia or blood worm and frozen foods of the same.
An easy to care for fish which makes no demands on water conditions – but it does require a mature aquarium that has had fish in for more than three weeks.
So why not include some in your aquarium?