False Julii Cory Cat


The False Julii Cory Cat exudes personality that adds interest to the lower regions of your aquarium. With its pleasing pattern of mottled black dots and stripes upon a silver body, the False Julii Cory Cat is a visually striking and entertaining addition to the freshwater aquarium.

The False Julii Cory Cat comes from the tributaries of larger river systems in South America. It is a peaceful bottom dwelling scavenger often mistaken for Corydoras julii. This species can be identified by a more defined, linear pattern of black dots upon its head and vertical banding upon its silver body.

The False Julii Cory Cat requires a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding places that provide relief from the light. A smooth sand or gravel substrate is needed because of the easily damaged barbels. They enjoy being in numbers, so a small school of six or more is ideal for these cats. A school of False Julii Cory Cats is sure to treat you to an energetic feeding frenzy during feeding.

Breeding the False Julii Cory Cat is generally achieved by keeping a number of these cats together and allowing them to pair off. After spawning, the breeding pair should be separated from the eggs, or the eggs transferred to another system. The fry become waterborne in approximately five days, at which time, they should be fed baby brine shrimp and crushed flake food.

The False Julii Cory Cat is omnivorous and will require a well-balanced diet including freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, sinking catfish pellets, flake food, frozen and live foods. Feed a quality flake and pellet food as well as frozen brine shrimp and live worms.

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Teresa March 13, 2003 at 2:14 am

I started with 2 panda cories and was so impressed with them that I added two of these little guys. They all banded together straight away and are great fun to watch chasing each other, they occasionally pair off before all rushing around the tank. I do not rely on these guys to clean the tank, and feeding time is layered, I feed the platies and barbs first then put in a few pieces of sinking food for the cats, that way they get some good food as well.

Dean March 21, 2003 at 2:13 am

I agree this is an excellent choice for a community tank. This Cory will clean and clean and never bother any other fish. They are very fun to watch.
Mine will go to the corner and swim up and down quickly and then go back to trolling all over the bottom.

Jon Kemerer March 23, 2003 at 2:12 am

I have to admit he was a great addition to my tank. He outlived all the other fish in my tank, including a bala shark, two irr. sharks, and two tiger barbs. He’s one hardy fellow! And definately, if you look at him, he will wink at you. I’m starting a new tank, and I’m making sure I get a few of these guys!

Phil June 5, 2003 at 2:11 am

This fish is great if you have a sand bottom. The barbs on its fins get cought on gravel-mainly larger gravel, and will injury or kill it. It will often travel up and down the side of my tank and sometimes jump out of the water…make sure the lid is down at all times. Great community fish, never bothers anyone else. A rather hardy fish and decent cleaner for its size (mine is about 2″.) Very entertaining with a bubble wall or leave the air stone in the open and it will chase the bubbles up most the the day, not sure why though.

Thurman January 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I love corydora cats they eat all the exes flakes that fall to the ground.

Jonathan September 13, 2011 at 6:22 am

An absolutely delightful little fish. I have a school of 6 and intend to add more soon. Playful, amusing, and efficient bottom feeders. It’s cute watching these fish pal around with each other.
Not difficult to keep, relatively small. Very peaceful, and very nice looking.

Brenda September 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I got some for my class and now the children love science.

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