Corydoras paleatus

"Peppered Cory"

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The salt and pepper Cory (Corydoras paleatus) is a species of catfish of the family Callichthyidae. Its common names include blue leopard corydoras, mottled corydoras and peppered catfish. It originates from the lower Paraná River basin and coastal rivers in Uruguay and Brazil.

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Description

The salt and pepper Cory (Corydoras paleatus) is a species of catfish of the family Callichthyidae. Its common names include blue leopard corydoras, mottled corydoras and peppered catfish. It originates from the lower Paraná River basin and coastal rivers in Uruguay and Brazil.

This fish species reaches about 2.3 in. The male is smaller than the female and in proportion to body length, the dorsal fin and pectoral fins are longer on the male than the female. C. paleatus has been known to produce sound; it does this by abduction of its pectoral fins. This is used by males during courtship and intrapersonal communication, and by both sexes and juveniles when distressed.

It is a very good choice for the community aquarium, as it is a hardy, good looking, and peaceful fish. They can be successfully kept with other small, peaceful aquarium fish like livebearers, danios and tetras.

These fish have sensitive barbels and one should have the proper substrate for them. To keep their barbels (whiskers) in the best condition one requires the fine gravel. Beware that fry are difficult to spot on the brown gravel. Gravel with sharp edges will cut their barbels (until they are gone). Their barbels are important for finding food, and should remain healthy.

These fish prefer a planted tank with temperatures around 72-78 ° Fahrenheit although they can take lower temperatures than this. They like to nibble on the algae that grows on floating plants, but are not a specialized algae-eating catfish. The lighting must not be too bright and hiding places, such as bogwood are needed as they like to hide from the light during certain parts of the day. Heavily planted areas should also be provided, where the light is minimized, as they like darker areas due to their bottom-feeding nature.

Diet should be sinking pellets, algae wafers, frozen and live food, such as bloodworm or daphnia. They may also occasionally enjoy blanched spinach, which can be attached to plants with a peg or the side of the glass with magnetic clips. They can be seen to dart to the top of the tank: this is because they can use atmospheric oxygen to supplement what their gills extract from the water. They will do this more frequently when water quality is starting to deteriorate, and so should be watched for this indication.
Diet:Omnivore
Temp:75-79°F
PH:6.0-7.0
Hardness: Soft
Fish size:2.5″
Min tank size:20 Gallon (long)

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