Peppered corydoras - Corydoras paleatus
Scientific name: Corydoras paleatus
Common name: Peppered corydoras
Usual size in fish tanks: 6 - 8 cm (2.36 - 3.15 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
Peppered corydoras should be fed on sinking pellets, algae wafers, blood worms, and daphnia with a treat of blanched leaf vegetables such as spinach.
These Corydoras originate from South America, mostly from Uruguay and Brazil.
Females when mature will be larger and plumper than the males.
The male will initiate the spawning by chasing the female and sometimes even laying on top of her. She will hold the male seed in her mouth as she lays 3-4 eggs at a time and then fertilize them. The sticky eggs will be placed on filter tubes, heaters, or the tank glass. The spawning process can last for up to an hour before she has laid all of her eggs. When hatched, the fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
If given the correct conditions this species should live up to 5 years.
Corydoras paleatus is sometimes seen in the shops in its albino form, and they are one of the easier Corydoras species to breed. Hiding places should be provided in the tank as they do need to rest from the lighting periodically.
Thanks to Sayer for his picture. Other pictures were bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.