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Cope’s corydoras - Corydoras copei

Cope’s corydoras - Corydoras copei

Scientific name: Corydoras copei

Common name: Cope’s corydoras

Family: Callichthyidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 3 - 5 cm (1.18 - 1.97 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7.3

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 19°N (53.57 - 339.29ppm)

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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

As Cope’s corydoras are mostly active at night time, it is best to feed these fish in the evenings. Use sinking foods for the staple diet, catfish pellets, algae wafers and quality flake are ideal. They will also need treats twice a week of blood worms and brine shrimp.


South America; Cope’s corydoras are found in the river basins of Peru.


Females will be slightly larger than the males; they will also have a stockier body shape when viewed from above.


There are no reported cases of this species of Corydoras breeding in the aquarium; it is believed that in the wild they are egg scatterers.


The expected life span for Cope’s corydoras is 3-5 years.

Short description

Always use fine gravel or sand as a substrate in the tank to protect their delicate barbels. Corydoras copei prefer a planted tank with plenty of hiding places. Cope’s corydoras are best kept in small groups of at least 5 fish and always keep these with peaceful tank mates.


Bought by from’s corydoras, picture 1 Cope’s corydoras, picture 2 Cope’s corydoras, picture 3

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