Corydoras Catfish are ideal for the novice fish keeper. They are easy to care for, fairly small in size and will tolerate a wide range of water conditions. They are typically bottom dwellers and scavengers that help to keep the substrate in the aquarium clean.
The small species of Aspidoras and Corydoras can be kept in tanks as small as 450 x 250 x 250mm (18” x 10” x 10”) but they will generally thrive better in larger tanks. The ideal temperature for the aquarium is around 24oC/ 75oF but these fish will tolerate both higher and lower temperatures. Alhough Corydoras and Aspidoras are generally found in soft water, they very readily adapt to hard water.
Corydoras like a well planted community tank with a gravel substrate. Some aquarists use a fairly coarse gravel, others use fine sand-like gravel on the principle that it lessens ‘wear and tear’ on the fishes’ barbels, although barbel problems may be due to bacteria in the substrate rather than to particle size (or ‘sharpness’) of the substrate. Plants: all species of tropical plants are acceptable. Corydoras are not plant eaters. Corydoras may be kept with most ecies of fish. They are non-aggressive, shoaling fish.
Generally do not suffer with health problems. The nose of the Corydoras and Aspidoras can sometimes be damaged accidentally and may need treatment. Treatment should be done in a separate tank. If the community tank needs to be treated for White Spot (on other fish), ideally, the Corydoras and Aspidoras should be removed before treating as they may be allergic to the particular chosen treatment.
The Peppered Cory Cat is a peaceful bottom dwelling fish that is easy to keep making it a suitable choice for novice fish keepers. It is found in the tributaries of larger rivers in South America. The Peppered Cory is covered in dark green and black spots, with a white underside and grows to around 2 1/2 inches. It requires an aquarium that is well stocked with plants and plenty of hiding spaces to protect it from the light. The Peppered Cory enjoys the company of its own kind so should be kept in schools of 6 or more. The barbels of these fish are easily damaged so smooth sand or gravel substrate should be used in the aquarium.
The Peppered Cory Cat is an omnivore and requires a well-balanced diet comprising of freeze-dried bloodworms, catfish pellets, flaked and frozen food.
The Albino Aeneus Cory Cat is a peaceful bottom dwelling fish that is found in the tributaries of the Amazon river. The Albino Aeneus is white to pink in colour with numerous barbels around the mouth and grows to around 2 inches. It is a good choice for novice fish keepers as it is easy to keep. This fish needs an aquarium that is well stocked with plants. It also requires plenty of hiding places in the tank to provide protection from the light.
The Albino Aeneus Cory cat enjoys the company of its own kind and should be kept in schools of 6 or more fish. The barbels of this fish are easily damged so a smooth sand and gravel should used in the aquarium.
The Albino Aeneus Cory Cat is an omnivore and requires a well balance diet comprising of quality flaked food, pellet food, frozen brine and frozen foods.