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Greenhump Catfish

greenhump catfish

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Scientific Name:   Brochis britskii      
Min. Tank Size:   50 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   72-78°F      
pH:   6.0-7.5/0-15°dGH      
Size:   5"      
Diet:   Omnivore     
Breeding:   Egglayer     


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

Greenhump Catfish

Also called Britski's Catfish, the Greenhump Catfish is named for the metallic green coloration on its back. These fish are very similar in appearance to other members of the genus Brochis, namely the Hognosed Brochis and Emerald Catfish. This species can be distinguished from other Brochis in that is has a higher number of dorsal rays (15 to 18) and its snout is slightly shorter than that of the Emerald Catfish. Greenhump Catfish may also grow larger and have larger eyes than other Brochis. The major defining characteristic of this species, however, is the bony plate covering the underside of the head which is absent in other Brochis.

Tank Set-up

These fish tend to inhabit inland waters throughout South America, particularly in the upper Paraguay River basin in Brazil. Greenhump Catfish can be found in deeper waters with minimal current and thus prefer tanks that provide plenty of open swimming space. These fish are peaceful in nature and thrive best in groups with their own species. A popular addition to the community tank, Greenhump Catfish can be kept safely with a variety of tank mates.


Greenhump Catfish are likely to eat anything they come across while combing the substrate in your tank. Offer these Corydoras a staple diet of sinking pellets or wafers, supplementing it with plenty of small live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp, tubifex worms and bloodworms. Supplement this diet with Spirunlina wafers and blanched vegetables.


Little information is available about breeding this species, but it is thought that they follow similar breeding behaviors to Corydoras Catfish. Greenhumped Catfish are thought to deposit their eggs among plant leaves or on tank walls. Following spawning, these fish will not show any parental care and should be removed from the tank to prevent them from eating their own eggs.

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