Scientific name: Aspidoras taurus
Common name: N/A
Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.8 - 7.3
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 15°N (107.14 - 267.86ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 77°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Although Aspidoras taurus will accept sinking pellets, they do much better on meals of live or frozen foods. Daphnia, blood worms, brine shrimp and white worms are ideal.
South America; Aspidoras taurus are found in the waterways of Brazil.
Females will have a stockier body shape; this is more noticeable when they are carrying eggs.
As of yet there are no reported cases of Aspidoras taurus breeding in the aquarium, in the wild they are believed to be egg scatterers.
The expected life span for Aspidoras taurus is 3-5 years.
Aspidoras taurus are often mistaken for Corydoras but the shape of the head skeleton is different, Aspidoras species tend to have a wider skull, they are also more sensitive to poor water quality. This species was only discovered in 2000 and are still quite difficult to obtain for the aquarium. Never keep these with aggressive species and always keep them in small groups of at least 6 specimens.
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