Gold Laser Corydoras (Corydoras aeneus) Fish Species Profile & Care Guide

The Gold Laser Cory is a relatively newfound species relatively scarce in the aquarium hobby; however, they are in high demand due to its colouration. It is a very animated, distinctively marked schooling fish that is perfect for the nano, community or planted aquarium.

Gold Laser Corys are very popular in the aquarium hobby due to their hardiness, easy-going nature, and ability to clean up the tanks' bottom.

These fish are peaceful and sociable and make a great addition to the community tank. These Corys would be best housed with small to medium sized tankmates such as Rasboras, Danios, Tetras, or a species tank for breeding objectives. They enjoy the company of their own kind so therefore should be kept in groups of five or more individuals.

Gold Laser Corys have a yellowish-brown or greenish-yellow body-colour with yellow fins. They possess a yellow to gold shoulder stripe that starts at the head's base and ends at the caudal peduncle. They have a darker green midbody band that runs along the fish's entire length to its tail and a gold blotch on the operculum.

Gold Laser Corys require clean water conditions and a moderate amount of current in their tank. A sound filtration system and regular water changes will keep them happy and healthy.

Scientific NameCorydoras aeneus
Other NamesOrange Laser Cory, Orange Stripe Cory, Peru Orange Stripe Cory, CW010
OriginsSouth America
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 5+
Lifespanup to 5 years
Maximum Sizeup to 7 cm
Water Conditions
Water TypeFreshwater
Temperature71 - 79 ℉ (21.7 - 26.1 ℃)
PH6.5 - 7.5
GH7 - 8
TDS36 - 268

Origins of the Gold Laser Corydoras

Gold Laser Coryadoras are found in the upper Amazonian rain forests of eastern Peru in the Upper Amazon, Ucayali, Maranon and Middle Ucayali rivers in South America. They inhabit calm, shallow running waters such as streams, rivers, creeks, flooded forest areas, and sandbanks with a soft substrate.

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Gold Laser Corydoras are easy to feed in an aquarium environment. They will accept good-quality dried foods such as sinking catfish pellets, wafers and granules, as well as frozen and live foods such as white mosquito larvae, bloodworm, white worms grindal worms, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, Daphnia, and tubifex.

Sexing the Gold Laser Corydoras

It is effortless to differentiate male from female Gold Laser Corydoras. Females are larger, stockier in the body, especially when gravid and have rounder anal fins. In contrast, males are slimmer with more pointed anal fin tips than females.

Breeding the Gold Laser Corydoras

This species has been bred in the home aquarium, for the best results you should ideally have a ratio of one male to two females if given a choice.

You can trigger mature pairs into spawning by performing a significant, slightly cooler water change.

The couple will adopt the classic 'T position' where the male fertilises the female's eggs between her pelvic fins. They will then deposit batches of the adhesive eggs onto decor, plants or the aquarium's sides and the process is repeated until the female is spent of eggs.

Females can lay anywhere from 10 to 40 eggs per spawn which hatch out within four days. The fry becomes free swimming four days after that and is able to consume newly hatched brine shrimp, Moina and suchlike.

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Date Added: 2/16/2021 - Updated: 2/16/2021 12:45:59 PM