SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: NEW CORYDORAS CATFISH DISCOVERED
- Peppered Corydoras (Corydoras paleatus) – The peppered cory is named for its spotted coloration and it grows to a maximum size close to 3 inches. This species is found throughout South America, particularly in clear, cooler waters in Brazil. Peppered cories are very peaceful by nature and they are ideal for cooler community tanks. These fish prefer to be kept with others of its own kind.
- Panda Cory (Corydoras panda) – The panda cory is named for its black-and-white coloration. Most specimens have a largely white body with a black spot near the tail and one over the eye as well as black coloration on the dorsal fin. This species only grows to about 2 inches long and it is a very peaceful species that does well in a community tank. The panda cory is typically found in tributaries of the Rio Pachitea and the Rio Ucayali river systems in Peru.
- Pygmy Corydoras (Corydoras pygmaeus) – The pygmy cory remains very small, around 1.3 inches when full-grown. This species is typically found along the Rio Madeira in Brazil and it tends to prefer slightly soft water with a pH between 6.4 and 7.4. The pygmy cory has a fairly dark coloration with a light underbelly and a dark band running horizontally along the body from snout to tail. These fish are very peaceful and they can breed readily in the home aquarium when kept in groups with at least 2 females per one male.
- Bronze Corydoras (Corydorus aeneus) – The bronze corydoras is by far one of the most popular species which means that it is also one of the most readily available. This species is found in the West Indies where it prefers slow water movement and a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Bronze cories grow up to 3 inches long and they prefer to be kept in larger shoals of at least 6 corydoras. These fish are great for beginners because they are hardy, easy to keep, and they will eat anything.
- Adolfo’s Cory (Corydoras adolfoi) – This species has a largely white body with a dark spot over the eye and orange coloration on the head – it also has a dark band running along the back from dorsal to caudal fin. Adofo’s cory grows to about 2.4 inches in length and prefers black water conditions. This species does best when kept in groups of 6 or more, ideally 3 males per 1 female for breeding purposes.
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