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Catfish / Callichthyidae / Reticulated Catfish

Reticulated Catfish, Network Catfish
Corydoras reticulatus


Synonyms: None
Physical description: The body is stocky and deep, with an arched back. Two rows of bony plates make up each side of the fish. The upper has 21-23 plates, while the lower 19-21. Two pairs are located on the upper jaw. The body color is tan or gray while the belly is white. The body is dotted with dark spots that are brown or black in color. The fins are the tan to bronze in color, also covered with spots. There are several similar Corydoras species that are often confused and sold as this fish.
Size/Length: To 2.8" (7 cm)
Similar species: Evelyn's Cory ( Corydoras elelynae ), Mini Cory (Corydoras nanus ), Napo Cory ( Corydoras napoensis ), Network or False Network Catfish (C. sodalis )
H: Along banks of slow-moving rivers. South America; exported from Iquitos, Peru
A: bottom
Aquarium: 20" (60 cm) or 10 gallons (38 L). As for other Corydoras species. See genus description
Water chemistry: pH 5.8-7.8 (7.0), 2-20 dH (8), 73-82°F (23-28°C)
Social behavior: A peaceful, undemanding fish, ideal for community tanks and beginning aquariasts. See Genus description for more information.
Social behavior: Smaller tetras, Discus, Dwarf Cichlids, Livebearers, Gouramis, Barbs, Danios, Killifish
FOOD: Live; aquatic insects, white worms, Tubifex , Brine Shrimp, insect larvae; tablets; flake
Suggested companions: The females are larger and plumper behind their pectoral fins, and less colorful. Easier to sex when viewed from above.
Breeding techniques: As for other Corydoras species. See genus description
Breeding potential: 8. The Reticulated Catfish is more difficult to breed than other Corydoras species.
Difficulty of care: 2. A hardy fish recommended for most community tanks.


By Rhett Butler   Mongabay.com