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Corydoras paleatus
Peppered corydoras, Peppered catfish
(Jenyns, 1842)

(Other members of the genus Corydoras)

ADULT SIZE: 7 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 18-26 C

FOOD: Feed Corydoras paleatus small live-foods and fine grade dried foods. Will enjoy rooting around a sandy substrate searching for worms and other invertebrates.

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Argentina, Brazil

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AQUARIUM CARE: A long-time aquarium favourite, and an easy, hardy bottom-dwelling species, ideal for the new aquarist. A sandy rather than gravel substrate is certainly preferred. Provide hiding places in the form of caves and or bogwood.

A great community fish if kept away from larger species. Maintain a group of 6-8 individuals to keep them happy. Widely available in the regular and albino forms in aquatic stores.

BREEDING: Not too hard to breed at all - C. paleatus is a substrate spawner (usually in mops, or the aquarium glass). A well conditioned pair will usually spawn after a large water change (50% or so) of somewhat cooler, well-oxygenated water. The fry will take newly hatched artemia once their yoke sacs are used up.

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








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