No doubt: this cory from the south of Brazil, where it inhabits cool blackwater brooks near the coast, is among the most beautiful species of cory at all. Sadly it is not exported from Brazil currently. Keeping this fish is usually problem-free, but breeding is due to the high demands (cool, very clean water with a low pH) not that easy. Who is able to supply the fish 16-18°C in living rooms? Even the professional breeders from Southeast Asia cannot supply S. barbatus in a great amount. But of course there do exist breeders who know what to do. So we can offer quite regulary this wonderful fish, but always in limited numbers. Currently we have very nice young adults in stock. They are 5-6 cm long, but for sure they will grow 2-3 cm longer.
For our customers: the fish have code 224014 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer