Albino Corydoras (Corydoras aeneus) Species Profile & Care Guide
The Albino Corydoras are very peaceful and sociable fish that make an excellent addition to a community aquarium. They will not intentionally bother other tank inhabitants. However, their blundering about the tank may bother more delicate fish or other bottom dwellers.
It is advisable not to keep these Corys with aggressive fish; however, they will generally keep to themselves and spend a lot of their time scavenging around the tank's bottom.
This Corydoras likes the company of its own kind. Therefore, it is recommended that you keep them in groups of at least five individuals, the more you have, the more secure they will feel, and the more they will display better behaviours.
The Albino Corydoras is one of the Bronze Corydoras' albino varieties alongside your typical coloured Bronze Corydoras. They have been developed especially for the aquarium hobby. They have a pale pinkish-orange body and red eyes.
These Corys are physically similar to the normal coloured individuals; however, some breeders have reported that the fry are slightly slower at developing and others say that the Albinos are practically blind and the males are somewhat sterile, although this could be due to extensive inbreeding.
Albino Corydoras are frequently injected with bright dye via a needle and sold in the aquarium trade.
|Scientific Name||Corydoras aeneus|
|Other Names||Albino Cory, Albino Paleatus Cory, Armored Catfish|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||5 - 10 years|
|Temperature||72 - 79 ℉ (22.2 - 26.1 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||8 - 12|
|TDS||36 - 268|
Natural Habitat of the Albino Corydoras
The Albino Corydoras occurs throughout Trinidad and Columbia in the north as far south as the Rio de la Plata drainage at Uruguay and Argentina's border in South America. They inhabit quiet, shallow running waters such as streams and rivers with a soft substrate that can sometimes be heavily polluted by clouds of disturbed mud from the bottom.
This Corydoras has a unique ability to breathe air from the water's surface, making this one of the very few fish that can thrive in stagnant waters.
Other Corydoras of interest
Albino Corydoras are rummaging omnivores that will accept most sinking dried foods like pellets and wafers, as well as small frozen or live food such as tubifex, bloodworm, brine shrimp and mosquito larvae.
Feeding them on a varied diet will ensure the fish are in optimum health and condition.
Under no circumstances should they be expected to survive on leftover food from other tank inhabitants of the aquarium or relied upon to clean the aquarium.
Sexing the Albino Corydoras
It is quite challenging to distinguish between the male and female Albino Corydoras. Usually, the female is greater in size. She has a slimmer body, is far less colourful, has a higher body frame, and has a more significant abdominal region when carrying eggs.
Breeding the Albino Corydoras
Spawning Albino Corydoras is relatively easy. Before breeding, you should condition them with fresh or frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp alongside a high-quality flake food.
The water should be slightly acidic. Rainwater is often used. You will need to do a 50% water change with colder water than the breeding tank, which will usually induce spawning. If you find this doesn't work then duplicating rain by slowly adding water to the tank with some sprinkler motion will usually work.
The Albino Corydoras are very active during courting. Males will chase females throughout the aquarium at a speedy pace, stopping to rub their barbels and bodies against the female whenever the opportunity arises. When the female consents, he will search for suitable egg-laying sites and begin cleaning several fitting locations. As the courting progresses, the roles ultimately reverse, and the female starts seeking the male.
Spawning begins when the pair embraces the classic T position. This position will trigger the release of sperm as well as one to 10 eggs, which the females will grip with their pelvic fins.
Once fertilised, the female will place the eggs at the site that has been selected and previously cleaned. The eggs are adhesive and will stick securely to the nesting site. This ritual will continue for several days with the female releasing a few eggs at a time until all the eggs are spent this can be up to 300 eggs.
Once spawning is complete, it would be best to remove the adults from the tank or move the eggs to a grow-out tank; this will stop the eggs from being consumed by the parents. The eggs are usually translucent, but they will darken as they develop.
After about four or five days the eggs will start hatching, they will then feed off the yolk sac for an additional three or four days until they have entirely consumed it. You will then need to provide the fry with infusoria or very fine powdered food.