Fairy cory - Corydoras atropersonatus
Scientific name: Corydoras atropersonatus
Common name: Fairy cory
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7.7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 18°N (125 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 21 - 26 °C (69.8 - 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
Feed Fairy cories with catfish pellets, algae wafers and quality flake. They will benefit from treats of blood worms and brine shrimp.
South America; Fairy cories are to be found in the Rio Tigre and Rio Conambo, Ecuador.
When viewed from above, the females will have a stockier body shape and will be slightly larger than the males.
Large regular water changes with cooler water should induce the spawning. The eggs will be scattered all over the tank, including the tank glass, once the spawning is complete, remove the parents or they will eat the eggs. These should hatch after 4 days; a couple of days later the fry will be free swimming. They can be fed on crushed flake food and newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Corydoras atropersonatus is 3-5 years.
Fairy cories should be kept in small groups as they are a social species. Never keep the with aggressive tank mates and provide hiding places in the tank. The substrate should be sand or fine gravel to prevent damage to their barbels.
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