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Darter Corydoras - Corydoras sp. CW153 : Complete Fish Profile & Care Guide

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Darter Corydoras are a peaceful but somewhat timid species that make fantastic members of a community aquarium with other smaller species. To create a captivating display and let these sociable, shoaling fish feel more comfortable, you should keep them in groups of at least eight individuals, preferably more if you have the space. Soft sand substrates are ideal for keeping Darter Corydoras so they can root around and forage without risk of abrasion and bacteria from accumulated waste. For filtration to be efficient, there should be moderate water movement and a decent level of oxygenation. For these fish to remain healthy, regular maintenance, including periodic partial water changes, is necessary. Make sure there are plenty of shady spots amongst the driftwood, rocks, and dense plantings. Ideal tankmates for Darter Corys could include Tetras, Dwarf Barbs, Dwarf Gouramis, smaller Rainbowfish, Micro Rasboras and other peaceful Catfish. However, it would be best if you refrained from keeping these fish with larger, more aggressive fish as they will feel intimidated and get outcompeted for food. Darter Corydoras have an elongated slim, light-coloured body with small black specks throughout. In addition, these fish have a thickish broken dark stripe that starts at the snout and runs through the middle of their body at ends at the caudal fin base. The Dorsal and caudal fin of these fish also have black markings; however, the patterning of this species can be variable.

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Sexual Dimorphism

It can be quite tricky to differentiate between male and female Darter Corydoras as there is little difference between them. However, females tend to be much broader than males, especially when carrying eggs, and they are also slightly larger than males.

Quick Facts

Scientific NameCorydoras sp. CW153
Other NamesCW153, Darter Cory
Max Size3.5 cm
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan3 - 5 years

Water Parameters

Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH2 - 25
71 - 79
22 - 25

Natural habitat

There is little information about this Corydoras species; however, we do know that The Darter Corydoras is endemic to the Arroyo San Juan in Bolivia in South America.

How to breed the Darter Corydoras

Unfortunately, there are no successful breeding reports on Darter Corydoras and no information available on how to breed this species.

Diet & feeding

he Darter Corydoras will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements. Additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide other benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish. It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages. This fish is an omnivore in the wild, consuming some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods consider this and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

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