There are over 70 species of Corydoras
Catfish including the Peppered Cory at the top of this page and the Sterbai at
the bottom. Corys originally
the Amazon area. They are an excellent choice for beginners. They
are armored with bony plates as protection from predators. Corys spend most
of their time on the substrate, so sand or smooth gravel should be used to help
reduce injury as they search for food. They have a reputation for being
garbage cleaners because of their constant hunger and food searches in the
gravel, but this simply isn't the case.
Don't expect to substitute your
Corys for efforts at cleaning your gravel or your water. Corys need flake
foods or sinking tablets. They take regular trips to the surface to obtain
gulps of air too. Corys are schooling fish and it is recommended to keep
at least 6 of each species.
Females tend to be broader than males. For spawning, it's a good idea to have
extra males. Lower temperatures and softer water may induce breeding. The
fry will need sinking foods.
Some of the most common Corys are the Bronze Cory (Corydoras aeneus), the Peppered
Cory (Corydoras paleatus), and the Panda Cory (Corydoras panda).
Comments by LittleHippyGirl: A
meaty, sinking pellet works best for cories
Its so sad that some people assume that they will live off excrement. Cories
need real food, just like any other fish! Shrimp pellets are great like geese
mentioned. If you are willing to spend a little extra, Catfish wafers make a
very healthy staple diet.
||21 - 27 C; 72 - 80 F
||6.0 - 8.0
||3 - 8 cm; 1 - 3 inches
Angelfish, other Corydoras species, Livebearers,