True Julii's at Aquaticarts?

darrylzuk

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Hi everyone, I know there are a million posts about how rare Julii corydoras are and that 99.9% of corys sold as C.Julii are really C.Trilineatus. I wrote a long email to Aquaticarts asking for clarification and linking to this page on , as well as the species profiles on Planet Catfish ( | ). They sell both types, see the comparison , and the Trilineatus certainly has the correct reticulated, maze-like pattern, and body shape/longer snout shown in the photos on planet catfish.

The julii; however, doesn't seem to be as spotted as the images on ScotCat suggest, but it does look pretty close to the images on Planet Catfish, especially one. More pictures of the fish at AquaticArts are available at the product page (Note: they're currently out of stock, but more are on the way). There's no front on shots of their heads, which I think would be useful. In their response to me, they said "The tank bred true julis cory catfish are sold to us by our supplier as Corydoras julii. Although these corydoras are commonly misidentified we have confirmed they send the correct species. The various pictures on our true juli cory catfish listing are accurate representations of the species."

So what are your thoughts, are these the real deal, Trilineatus, some hybrid of the two, or some other lookalike. In 2020, are Julii corydoras still as rare as some of the older posts make them out to be? I want them to be real Juliis, but the logical side of me says they aren't.
 

DoubleDutch

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Mmmm the only thing that make me think they could be C.julii is the headshape.

making me doubt :
- Being tankbred. These fish are mostly in possession of "experts" . An expert in Edinburgh succeed to breed them only some years ago. On Planet catfish only 6 succeeded breds are mentioned. Fry isn't available in the trade normally.
- the fish are extremely reticulated and silverish. Most julii are spotted (though there are reticulated ones) and a bit more brownish.
- And most important to me : The fish in the pics don't look too healthy and the finedges aren't okay. If you have a treasure in your hand you'll take great care of them.

I have my doubt on the fish labeled as C.rabauti as well.

I wouldn't put my money on them
 
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darrylzuk

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DoubleDutch said:
Mmmm the only thing that make me think they could be C.julii is the headshape.

making me doubt :
- Being tankbred. These fish are mostly in possession of "experts" . An expert in Edinburgh succeed to breed them only some years ago. On Planet catfish only 6 succeeded breds are mentioned. Fry isn't available in the trade normally.
- the fish are extremely reticulated and silverish. Most julii are spotted (though there are reticulated ones) and a bit more brownish.
- And most important to me : The fish in the pics don't look too healthy and the finedges aren't okay. If you have a treasure in your hand you'll take great care of them.

I have my doubt on the fish labeled as C.rabauti as well.

I wouldn't put my money on them
Thanks for the detailed response! I figured the odds were pretty low, and this confirms it. Also a bummer to see you say that the fish don't look healthy. I was considering ordering from them, as they're still attractive fish, but maybe I'll look to Aquabid or a LFS.
 

DoubleDutch

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darrylzuk said:
Thanks for the detailed response! I figured the odds were pretty low, and this confirms it. Also a bummer to see you say that the fish don't look healthy. I was considering ordering from them, but maybe I'll look to Aquabid or a LFS.
With not look healthy I mean the finedges.
Looks as if they've been in a polluted tank.
To be honest I have seen these pics before if I recall correctly.

Do you know what I think : That there has been an earlier thread with exact the same question and the same shop-pics.
The thing about the fins made me remember.
 
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darrylzuk

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DoubleDutch said:
With not look healthy I mean the finedges.
Looks as if they've been in a polluted tank.
To be honest I have seen these pics before if I recall correctly.
Really? That would shock me, unless on another post about this company. They have an entire about photo theft, and basically pay promotional bounties to people for reporting their photos being used on other sites.
 

MacZ

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darrylzuk said:
Really? That would shock me, unless on another post about this company. They have an entire about photo theft, and basically pay promotional bounties to people for reporting their photos being used on other sites.
It's more likely that someone posted the exact same store here, as the site crops up here from time to time. I guess that's what DoubleDutch meant.
 
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darrylzuk

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MacZ said:
It's more likely that someone posted the exact same store here, as the site crops up here from time to time. I guess that's what DoubleDutch meant.
Yeah, he clarified in a quick follow up.
 

DoubleDutch

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Tried to find the specific thread hahaha but could be years back.

As said : I wondered about the fins then as well. If I'd put such special Corys for sale there would be pics as if they were fotomodels hahaha.
 

MacZ

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The order of posts was confusing.
 
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darrylzuk

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DoubleDutch said:
Tried to find the specific thread hahaha but could be years back.

As said : I wondered about the fins then as well. If I'd put such special Corys for sale there would be pics as if they were fotomodels hahaha.
Ahaha, I wouldn't blame you!

MacZ said:
The order of posts was confusing.
All good. DoubleDutch and I were replying back and forth pretty rapidly. :)
 
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