Corydoras atropersonatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Callichthyidae
Origin : Ecuador
Length : 4 cm - 1.5"
Min.length aquarium : 60 cm - 20"
English name : Fairy Catfish
Peaceful schooling fish that should be kept together with other peaceful fishes.  The aquarium should be planted densely.  A part of the bottom of the aquarium should be free and should be sandy because they like to search after food in it and their tender barbels are easily damaged.  You need a powerful (peat) filter. They are very sensitive for pollution, so a regular changing of the water is necessary.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is not difficult.  Just like most Corydoras a large changing of the water and lower temperatures let them spawn. After spawning the parents should be removed.  The eggs are sensitive for fungus so you should add an anti-fungus medicine.  After 4 days the eggs hatch and another 2 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  You can raise them with  fine crushed dry food and baby brine shrimp. 

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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