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Corydoras aeneus
Bronze corycat, Gold striped cory
Gill, 1858

Corydoras aeneus - Bronze corycat, Gold striped cory - The bronze cory is very common across South America, and in the aquarium trade
The bronze cory is very common across South America, and in the aquarium trade
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(Other members of the genus Corydoras)

ADULT SIZE: 7 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 24-28 C

FOOD: Feed Corydoras aeneus small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Females of this species are larger and more rounded than males.

AQUARIUM CARE: Like all corycats, does best in a small shoal of six plus individuals. An easy species ideal for a well planted community. This species has a wide distribution in southern America, and will fit well into an Amazonian tanks with swordplants, leaflitter and sunken bogwood.

This catfish will eat most live and dry foods, but is particularly fond of worms and small crustaceans.

C. aeneus does fine in a peaceful community tank with small shoalers fish: tetras, danios, killifish etc. Aggressive fish, cichlids for example are problematic in all but the largest aquariums at spawning time.

BREEDING: Breeding is triggered by the start of the rainy season in the wild; a situation easily replicated in captivity by a large water change of slightly cooler water. Eggs are typically laid on stones, plants, and often the aquarium glass.

Have you bred Corydoras aeneus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Corydoras aeneus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Give your fish a treat! Flaked fish foods are excellent nutritionally, but most fish really enjoy tucking into live, or frozen live foods. Insect larvae such as bloodworms can be collected in summertime from your water barrel, but it is also very worthwhile to attempt to culture Daphnia or white worms for a free food source absolutely relished by aquarium fish. Frozen bloodworm are almost as good and are widely available, though freeze dried live foods tend not to go down as well. See more on feeding fish


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