False bandit cory - Corydoras melini
Scientific name: Corydoras melini
Common name: False bandit cory
Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 80.6°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
False bandit corys need plenty of vegetable matter in their diet, sinking algae wafers or pellets are ideal to ensure they get their fair supply of food. They will also relish a treat of bloodworms, insect larvae and small crustaceans.
False bandit corys are to be found in South America, namely Brazil and Colombia.
Upon reaching maturity the females will be larger and plumper than the males, there are no other significant differences.
Corydoras melini will lay its sticky eggs on plants or the tank glass, the female will only produce 2-4 eggs at a time to be fertilized. This process will be repeated until approx. 100 eggs have been laid.
If given the correct conditions, Corydoras melini should live between 3-5 years.
This species is believed to be on of the first Corydoras species to inhabit the rivers. It is thought to be the predecessor to many other species through cross breeding in ts natural habitat.
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