via Nautilus Tropical Fish Wholesale, text and images by Joe Hiduke
GloFish® cory cats are here! This is a super-exciting development that has been a long time coming; we were finally able to display these fish for the first time at SuperZoo. These have actually been in development for longer than the GloFish bettas, which have been on the market for over two years now. Glofish Corydoras catsfish will be arriving in stores starting September 12th. Numbers will be very limited initially, but we are allocating some of these fish specifically for our Certified GloFish® Retailer program, which ensures that our best independent retailers are more likely to get these fish. Wider release to independent channels is expected by early 2023.
This is a great-looking fish, available in both green and orange. They fill space at the bottom of the tank, much like the GloFish® sharks, but in a smaller, more peaceful package. The price point is the same as the sharks as well, with a suggested retail price of $14.99. Their care is similar to any other green or albino cory cat, with the caveat that GloFish® cory catfish generally perform better with more frequent targeted feeding.
It’s an exciting time for GloFish®, with the long-awaited cory cats coming on the heels of the wildly successful GloFish® pristella Tetra launch in August, which in my opinion, was the most successful launch since the original GloFish red danio. The Pristella tetras are crazy bright, and school tightly, making for an amazing display. Releasing all three colors at once has been a home run. And equally important, they’re both hardy and prolific, so we haven’t had availability issues to date.
One final August release has been overlooked with the success of the pristellas and the excitement over the cory cats. Purple bettas were released in August and may be the nicest betta in the product line. The entire line of bettas has come a long way since they were first released. They have been shipping at a great size for a long time now, and many of the fish have neat contrasting red or blue in their fins. The purple is even brighter than the green and orange, and now that there are three colors available it’s even easier to justify dedicating some shelf space to properly display these. Even easier is a sorority tank with all three colors of females displayed.
Look for GloFish cories soon from your local retailer, and you can already find pristellas and all of the bettas in stores now.