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Bandit corydoras - Corydoras metae

Bandit corydoras - Corydoras metae

Scientific name: Corydoras metae

Common name: Bandit corydoras

Family: Callichthyidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Bandit corydoras do well with flake foods, sinking pellets, algae wafers, bloodworms, and an occasional treat of shelled peas


Their natural habitat is South America- found in the river basins of Colombia.


As with all Corydoras the females when mature will be larger and plumper than the males.


Bandit corydoras will lay their eggs on plants, java moss and the tank glass. Batches of 50-100 eggs will be laid. They will spawn spontaneously in groups, once hatched the fry can be fed with newly hatched brine shrimp. Once the pairs start to spawn they will breed profusely.


Average lifespan of Corydoras metae is 5 years.

Short description

This is one of the easier Corydoras species to keep, but they do need good water quality. Corydoras metae are noticeable by the black stripe that runs down its back plus a stripe over its eye. They get their name from being discovered in the River Meta, Colombia.


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