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Hognosed Brochis

hognosed brochis

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Scientific Name:  Brochis multiradiatus    
Min. Tank Size:   40 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   68-75°F      
pH:   6.0-7.0/1-15°dGH     
Size:   4"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Well suited to the community tank; Characins, Cyprinids, Anabantids, Dwarf Cichlids and other Catfish.

Hognosed Brochis

Hognosed Brochis are native to the western portion of the Amazon River basin in Ecuador and Peru. Although fairly rare in the aquarium trade, Hognosed Brochis are of commercial importance in the hobby aquarium industry. These fish have a longer snout than others in the genus - which is how they earned the name Hognosed Brochis. The genus Brochis belongs to the same sub-family as Corydoras and, while many hobbyists argue that Brochis should be synonymized with Corydoras, they currently remain separate. Hognose Brochis are similar in appearance to their relatives the Emerald Brochis which have a metallic green or blue-green coloration on the upper parts of the body and a pale belly.

Tank Set-up

These fish tend to inhabit the warm, inland waters of the Amazon River and would benefit from an Amazon biotope set-up. Care for this species is very similar to that of the Brochis splendens, or Emerald Brochis. Hognosed Brochis prefer tanks decorated with sandy substrate and are best kept in groups with six or more of their own species. Generally peaceful in nature, these fish are well suited to the community tank but should not be kept with larger, more aggressive species.


These fish are likely to eat any food they come across while combing the substrate in your tank. Offer your Hognosed Brochis a varied diet of sinking pellets or wafers along with live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp, tubifex worms and bloodworms. Supplement this diet with Spirunlina wafers and blanched vegetables. Feed a regular varied diet to promote the best health and coloration.


Breeding Hognosed Brochis is fairly easy in the home aquarium. These fish tend to deposit their eggs among plant leaves and do not care for the eggs after spawning. In order to raise the largest number of fry possible, remove adults of this species from the breeding tank following spawning.

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