Aquarium Catfish – A Comprehensive List

Here at Son’s Fish we’ve spent months coming up with this ultimate list. Our goal is to include every single Freshwater Aquarium Catfish you can keep on this list. We include information about each fish to help you understand your choices when moving forward with an aquarium setup.

Note: This article is seperate from our Suckermouth Catfish (Plecos) Comprehensive list. Both of these articles are separate from our Long Whiskered Catfish Article. Catfish considered suckermouth or long-whiskered (usually catfishes in this class are at least a foot long) won’t be included in this article.

Every type of aquarium catfish

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Brown-point shield skin longirostris

Tan in color, these catfish can grow up to 1.5in in size. They prefer a water temperature of 72 – 77 °F. It feeds on worms, benthic crustaceans, insects, and plant matter.

Britski’s catfish

These grey catfish with an orangish-tan belly grow up to 3.5in large. These Catfish are known for their big eyes, high number of dorsal fin rays, shorter snout, and large protective shield. These fish prefer temperatures of 68-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Loach catfish

The Loach Catfish are native to Brazil and can grow up to 1.5 inches in length. This fish prefers 70-77 degree F water and a pH of 6.0-7.5. It lays eggs in dense vegetation and adults do not guard the eggs.

Sixray corydoras, false corydoras

These black and grey speckled catfish live in 72-77 deg F water and a pH of 6.0 to 7.2. The Sixray corydoras is natively found in is found in the upper Araguaia River basin in Brazil. They will grow up to 1.1 inches and are common in the aquarium industry.

Emerald Catfish

The Emerald Catfish has appeared on a stamp in Brazil. It swims in waters of around 72 – 82 deg F and a pH of 5.8-8.0. It prefers vegetation dense waters and can grow up to a length of 3 inches.

The Emerald Catfish is peaceful and can be peacefully kept with other Catfish species making it popular among aquarists. It should be noted that this species of catfish should be kept in groups of 3.

Adolfo’s Catfish

Adolfo’s Catfish is an ugly looking catfish native to the Rio Negro in Brazil. These eye sores grow to be up to 2.2 inches in length. They prefer very low pH and water temperatures around 78 deg F.

Hognosed brochis

Hog-nosed catfish will grow up to 2.6 inches in length under the right conditions. These conditions would include a 6.0-7.2 pH and water temperature around 70 – 75 deg F. These Catfish are silver with a teal hue from the top.

Cascarudo

One of the largest species on this list is the cascarudo. Also known as a the Bubblenest Catfish, Hassar, or the Mailed Catfish, this beast can grow up to 8-inches long. They enjoy waters with a pH of 5.8-8.3 and tolerate temperatures between 64 – 83 deg F.

This night feeders enjoys It feeds at night on fish, insects, and plant matter. Juveniles feed on rotifers, in addition to the microcrustaceans and aquatic insect larvae they find when digging into the substrate. This makes choosing the right gravel an important piece for Cascarudo Catfish.

Banded corydoras

Banded Corydoras also known as the Bearded Catfish is a beautiful Catfish that grows up to 4 inches and originates in Brazil.

These Catfish roam waters with a pH of 6.0 – 8.0 and a temperature of 68 – 82 deg F. Even though they are considered peaceful fish, they may not be suitable for smaller aquariums due to their larger size.

Masked corydoras, Bandit corydoras

Unlike most tropical Catfish, this species originates further North in South America towards Colombia. These Catfish can grow up to two inches in length and they prefer water with a pH of 6.0-8.0 and a temperature of 72-79 deg F. Masked corydoras are among the more readily available Catfish in the aquarium industry.

Barred-tail corydoras

The Barred-tail corydoras which has a speckled body and a striped tail, native to Brazil, usually only grows to about 1-inch. These Catfish prefer water temperatures around 79 deg F and a pH of 6.0-8.0.

Despite their water temperature pickiness, the tail stripes make this Catfish popular among the aquarium industry.

Blackstripe corydoras

The Blackstripe corydoras (also known as Bond’s Catfish) originates deep in South America, within the Yuruarí, Corantijn and Rupununi River basins. The German fishkeeping magazine developed a system of “C-Numbers” to identify unknown species of Corydoras in the aquarium industry, this fish was originally assigned number “C31” until it was finally identified.

These Catfish will grow up to 2 inches in their preferred water conditions which is a pH of 6.0-8.0 and a temperature of 72 – 79 deg F.

Blue corydoras

The Blue corydoras is named after the man who discovered it, Johann Natterer. It has distinct fins that are clear with no markings. Generally, they can grow up to 2 inches in length.

The Blue corydoras prefer a water temperature of 68-73 and a pH in the range of 6.0 – 8.0.

Bluespotted corydoras

Bluespotted corydoras grow up to 2 inches in length. These Catfish are native to inland South America. Their ideal water conditions are a temperature within the range of 72 and 79 deg F and a pH of 6.0 – 8.0. The Bluespotted corydoras feed on worms, benthic crustaceans, insects, and plant matter.

Blacktop corydoras

Blacktop corydoras grow up to 1.7 inches and generally like to do so in water with a pH of 6.0 – 8.0 and a temperature of 77 -83 deg F. These Catfish are found within the Amazon River basin in South America and first described in 1872.

Blacktops like to lay their eggs in dense vegetation and leave them unguarded, The female can hold 2-4 eggs in-between her pelvic fins, this is where the male can fertilize them for up to 30 seconds. After this point, the female swims to a suitable spot, here she attaches the sticky, sticky eggs. The two repeat this process until sometimes up to 100 eggs have been attached and fertilized .

Caracha

A rather uncommon fish for aquarists is the Caracha Catfish. While there isn’t much information about these white little fellas, we do know they like water with a pH between 6.0 – 8.0 and a temperature of 70 – 75 deg F.

Ehrhardt’s corydoras

Ehrhardt’s corydoras is a species of Catfish hailing from the coastal rivers of Brazil.

These tropical Catfish enjoy water temps around 72 to 79 degrees. Their preferred pH is usually around 7.0. Given the right conditions, these bad boys can grow to be 1.6 inches. Like most corydoras, adults do not guard the eggs.

Bronze corydoras, Emerald green cory

This Catfish is very popular and as a result goes by many names. Some of these names include: Bronze corydoras, green corydoras, bronze catfish, lightspot corydoras or wavy catfish. This Catfish is kept my many fishkeepers.

These catfish can live for up to 10 years. This is if given the right conditions. These conditions include: 77 – 82 deg F water at a pH of 6.0 – 8.0. This type of catfish usually stops growing a quarter inch shy of 3 inches. Females however are larger than males.

Loxozonus cory

Growing up to nearly 2 inches in length, these Catfish require tropical water conditions with a pH of 6.0 – 8.0 and water temps between 70 – 75 deg F. The mating process for this species of cory is rather unique.

Corydoras nain

These types of Catfish prefer a moderate current with a finer substrate. Check here for more info on fine freshwater gravels. They prefer a pH between 6.0 and 8.0 and a temperature ranging between 72 and 79 deg F.

These fish are renowned for their peacefulness, hardiness, and easiness as a pet.

Evelyn’s cory

Evelyn’s cory, also known as Corydoras evelynae, comes from the Amazon River basin in Brazil. This type of Catfish likes water around 76 deg F and a pH of around 7.0.

Dwarf corydoras

Dwarf corydoras are among one of the more interesting species of catfish due to its interesting markings, and sometimes the lack thereof. These bad boys prefer water around 82 degrees F. Dwarf corydoras prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take.

Elegant corydoras

Elegant corydoras are among one of the more interesting species of catfish due to its interesting markings, and sometimes the lack thereof. The preferred temperature for them is 79 degrees F. Elegant corydoras’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Generally, they grow up to 2 inches.

False spotted catfish

False spotted catfishs are among one of the more interesting species of catfish due to its interesting markings, and sometimes the lack thereof. It is important to keep temperatures close to 79 degrees F. False spotted catfish’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 1.7 inches.

Mosaic corydoras, reticulated

Mosaic corydoras, reticulateds are a Catfish Native to South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 83 degrees F. Mosaic corydoras, reticulated’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2.3 inches.

Gold laser cory

Gold laser corys are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 77 degrees F. Gold laser cory’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2.3 inches.

Long nosed arched cory

Long nosed arched corys are a type of Catfish from South America that was introduced into aquarist culture. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 72 degrees F. Long nosed arched cory’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2.6 inches.

Panda corydoras

Panda corydoras are among one of the more interesting species of catfish due to its interesting markings, and sometimes the lack thereof. The preferred temperature for them is 68 degrees F. Panda corydoras’ prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2 inches.

False network catfish

False network catfishs are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 79 degrees F. False network catfish’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 1.9 inches.

Guapore corydora

Guapore corydoras are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. These bad boys prefer water around 75 degrees F. Guapore corydora’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 1.6 inches.

Peppered corydoras, salt and pepper catfish

Salt and Pepper Catfishs are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. These bad boys prefer water around 85 degrees F. Salt and Pepper Catfish’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2.5 inches.

Pink corydoras

Pink corydoras are a Catfish Native to South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 79 degrees F. Pink corydora’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2 inches.

Sailfin corydoras

Sailfin corydoras are a Catfish Native to South America. It is important to keep temperatures close to 70 degrees F. Sailfin corydora’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 3.4 inches.

Pastaza corydora

Pastaza corydoras are among one of the more interesting species of catfish due to its interesting markings, and sometimes the lack thereof. The preferred temperature for them is 79 degrees F. Pastaza corydora’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2.8 inches.

Pygmy corydoras

Pygmy corydoras are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. The preferred temperature for them is 79 degrees F. Pygmy corydora’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 1.3 inches.

Sterba’s corydoras

Sterba’s corydoras are a tropical aquarium Catfish send their shine from South America. These fellers preferred temperature for them is 76 degrees F. They prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2.7 inches.

Xingu corydoras

Xingu corydoras are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 79 degrees F. Xingu corydora’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2 inches.
Tailspot corydoras

Tailspot corydoras are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 79 degrees F.
Tailspot corydora’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2 inches.

Julii corydoras

Julii corydoras are a tropical aquarium Catfish that originate in South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 76 degrees F.
Tailspot corydora’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2.5 inches.

Flagtail catfish

Flagtail catfishs are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 82 degrees F. Flagtail catfish’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 4.9 inches.

Schwartz’s catfish

Schwartz’s catfishs are a tropical aquarium Catfish that comes from South America. It is important to keep temperatures close to 79 degrees F. Schwartz’s catfish’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 2 inches.

Sychr’s catfish

Sychr’s catfishs are a species of Catfish was originally native to South America. They will feel most comfortable in temperatures close to 79 degrees F. Sychr’s catfish’s prefer water pH levels to be around 7.0, give or take. Given the proper conditions, they can grow up to 1.7 inches.

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