Packing & Shipping Corydoras Catfish – Part 1

We have covered the basics of shipping fish, now let’s take a look as some of the specific types of fish and some special considerations for shipping them.  First up, armoured catfish of the Genera Corydoras, Brochis and other similar species.  Catfish are probably some of the more difficult fish to ship because of their frequent puncturing of the bag and the toxic skin excretions.  These challenges can be overcome with a few tricks in packing, which I share in the video (in two parts).  Enjoy…

A Visit to Bob Schneider’s Cory Catfishery

Bob Schneider is one of the icons in the Chicago area aquarium hobby.  He is actively involved in the Greenwater Aquarium Society, and participates in most of the club swaps and auctions in from southern Michigan to Wisconsin.  Bob raises a lot of Corydoras sp. catfish, and he does it very well in a relatively small fish room.  I have several catfish that I have picked up from Bob at various events, so it was a real pleasure to have the chance to see where they were born and raised.  Enjoy…

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Corydoras caudimaculatus… Afternoon Delight!

I have been working on conditioning this group of catfish for a few months.  When I got them they were thin, but not a single fish died.  I have always liked this species, but never had any success breeding them.  But neither have I ever had this many at one time.  I noticed breeding behavior for the first time a couple weeks ago, but the catfish shared the tank with some rainbow fish grow outs and a LOT of horn wort.  I got all that cleaned out over the weekend, did a big water change and added the yarn mops you will see in the video.  I noticed that the fish were spawning when I went into the fish room at about 5:00 this afternoon.