One of the easiest fish to keep is the playful Albino Cory. These bottom dwelling fish are hardy, peaceful, entertaining and also practical in that they will help to keep the substrate clean as they vacuum up any left over flake food or alike.
Common Name(s) : Pepper Cory, Peppered Cory, Pepper Cory Catfish, Peppered Catfish, Salt and Pepper Catfish, Salt and Pepper Cory
Family : Callichthyidae
Subfamily : Corydoradinae
Genus : Corydoras
Species : Corydoras paleatus
Origin : South America
PH : 6.0 – 8.0
Hardness : Soft to Hard
Temperature : 20 – 26°C / 68–78.8 °F
Maximum Size : Male: 6.4cm (2.5″) / Female: 7.5cm (3″)
Lifespan : 5 years
Aggression Level : Very Low (1/10)
Recommended Tank Size : 30 Litres +
Strata : Bottom
TANK SET UP
Not fussy. We keep them with a gravel substrate with a few bits of rock and driftwood for some cover. Most of the time they are out and about playing in the bubbles or foraging for food among the grains of gravel.
SUITABLE TANK MATES
- Tropical Fish
- Dwarf Cichlids
Sinking Shrimp Pellets; Flake; Bloodworms; Spirulina
SEXING AND BREEDING
Sexing Pepper Cory’s isn’t too difficult once you know what you are looking for. Females have a wider girth when looking directly overhead, more so than a male which will be narrower; females will also grow to a longer size.
Unlike many other Cory’s, the Pepper Cory’s are quite easy to breed. They can breed several times a year. It has been suggested to add bloodworms into their diet for several week prior, then add a tray of ice cubes to the water (that simulates rainfall) and the Cory’s go to work.
Another method to stimulate rainfall is to kick the temperature up to 28ºC for a few days, then drop the temperature to 26ºC and complete a 25% water change.