Blackfin Jaguar Cory Catfish (Corydoras leucomelas)
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The Peruvian Blackfin Jaguar Cory Catfish has not one, but two of the characteristics that many cory catfish enthusiasts love: generous spotting and the "bandit" eye stripe!
The Blackfin Jaguar Cory Catfish (Corydoras leucomelas), also known as the False Spotfin (Punctatus) or False Spotted Cory Catfish, is a less common Corydoras species that is known for its generous spotting as well as the "bandit" eye stripe. This species is a very animated, distinctively marked schooling fish that is perfect for the nano, community, and planted aquarium.
The Blackfin Jaguar Cory Catfish is a very peaceful schooling fish that is compatible with most nano aquarium animals, including dwarf cichlids and angelfish. It might prey on some smaller dwarf shrimp, but is safe with larger shrimp and most other peaceful ornamental invertebrates. It is a classic scavenger and will inhabit and feed at the aquarium floor, which should be comprised of sand or smooth gravel. Very coarse substrate can damage its delicate barbels and underbelly, so it should be kept in an aquarium with sand or very smooth gravel substrate. This fish is otherwise undemanding as it will accept most dry,frozen, and live foods. It is adaptable to most tropical freshwater conditions as long as standard regular maintenance is performed and sudden changes are avoided. While it is a scavenger, care must be taken to ensure that it receives a good variety of high quality foods and is not simply expected to eat leftover food that other fish do not eat.
- Very peaceful and hardy addition to almost any aquarium
- Compatible with most adult dwarf shrimp and other invertebrates
- Thrives in schools in well-planted aquaria
- Distinctive coloration and group schooling behavior.
- Less common than many Corydoras species
- Temperature: 72° - 81° F (22° - 27° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 8.0. Softer water is preferred, but this fish is somewhat flexible as long as sudden changes are avoided.
- KH: 2 - 12 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 15 gallons for a school of 6
- Diet: High-quality dry foods as well as live and frozen meaty foods. Variety is essential.
- Social behavior: Peaceful; requires a school of 4-6 or more to thrive.
- Origin: Peru
- Average adult size: 1.8 - 2.2 inches (4.5 - 5.5 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)