These fish are best kept in small schools to help keep the tank bottom clean. Peppered Corydoras have an armoured skin, which is reflected in its name – Cory means “a kind of fish” and Doras means “a leathery skin”. Unlike some catfish, Peppered Corydoras are active during the day but do prefer a well planted tank with plenty of hiding places. They are one of the most commonly kept catfish species in the world. This species is farmed in huge quantities throughout Asia.
Southern Brazil, South America.
Maximum Size and Longevity
Peppered Corydoras can grow up to 6 cm and live for 3 to 5 years.
· Temperature: 22°C – 26°C.
· pH: 6.0—7.0
· General Hardness: 50—100 ppm.
Peppered Corydoras are a bottom dwelling fish species and it will eat most sinking foods. They are omnivorous, and although good scavengers, they should be fed a regular substantial diet. Crumbles and sinking feeds are best and they also readily feed on frozen foods such as Brine Shrimp, Bloodworm and Beefheart.
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR NEW FISH
- Always quarantine your new fish to observe health and behaviour prior to introduction to your main aquarium.
- Make sure you check your water quality in any aquarium before adding new fish. If it is not suitable then do a water change and check pH and GH. You can purchase an easy to use test kit to help you monitor these water parameters.
- Sit the unopened bag in the top of the tank and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes for the temperature to equalise.
- Open the bag and pour fish and water into a bucket. Slowly pour 1 cup of your tank water into the bucket. Repeat this process every 5 minutes until you have doubled the water volume in the bucket.
- After another 5 minutes take your fish from the bucket with a clean fish net and release into your aquarium. DO NOT use the water from the bucket – throw this water away.
- A prophylactic treatment of the tank with Melafix, De Stress and or a broad spectrum anti biotic treatment, can help fish overcome the stress of getting relocated which often can bring illness.
Duty of care.
- Please be aware that all livestock images used are for example only as it is not possible to photograph and publish individual animals.
- eQuaria delivers live fish to local customers only within the Perth metro region.
- eQuaria recommends that all fish are quarantined for a period of 14 days in a separate aquarium prior to introduction to your main aquarium
- The duty of care for your fish passes to you on receipt.