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This beautiful catfish is a wonderful bottom-dweller for the community, nano, or planted aquarium!
The Peppered Cory Catfish (Corydoras paleatus) is a very animated, distinctively marked schooling fish that is perfect for the community and planted aquarium. As its name suggests, it has a light tan body covered with black and shiny silver/blue spotting and broken striping.
The Peppered Cory Catfish is a very peaceful schooling fish that is compatible with most nano aquarium animals. It might eat dwarf shrimp fry, but is generally safe to keep with adult dwarf shrimp. 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 barbells and underbelly. This fish is otherwise very undemanding as it will accept most dry and frozen foods. It is adaptable to most tropical freshwater conditions as long as standard regular maintenance is performed.
What We Like About This Fish:
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.
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 72° - 79° F (22° - 25° C)
pH: 6.2 - 7.2. Softer water is preferred, but this fish is flexible as long as sudden changes are avoided.
KH: 6 - 10 dKH
Minimum tank size: 10 gallons for a school of 6
Diet: High-quality flake, pellet and wafer foods as well as freeze-dried and frozen meaty foods
Social behavior: Peaceful; requires a school of 6 or more to thrive.
Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to South and Central America.
Average adult size: 2.5 inches (6.3 cm)
Average purchase size: .5 - 1 inch (1.3 - 2.5 cm)
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