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Hikari Corydoras - Corydoras sp (CW160) : Complete Fish Profile & Care Guide

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The Hikari Corydoras, also known as the CW160 Corydoras, is a beautiful, active, and peaceful species of freshwater Catfish popular among aquarium enthusiasts due to its small size and unique markings. These Corys are relatively hardy, can adapt well to various water conditions, and are well-suited for community aquariums. The Hikari Corydoras is a social species best kept in groups of at least six individuals. When kept in a community aquarium, these fish will school together, exploring their environment and foraging for food. They are peaceful and do well with various other temperate fish species, including Tetras, Rasboras, and other Corydoras species. Soft sand substrates are ideal for keeping Hikari Corydoras as they can root around and forage without risk of abrasion and bacteria from accumulated waste; coarse gravel can damage their barbels. In order 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. These Corys also require plenty of hiding places in the form of caves, rock formations, and plants. The Hikari Corydoras has a slender, elongated body covered in small, bony plates. Its body is primarily tan in colour, with two dark brown stripes that run vertically down its sides. The stripes are wider at the base of the fish and taper towards the tail. In addition, these Corys also have a thick dark bar that runs from the start of the first stripe up to the front of the first few dorsal fin rays. This species has a pair of eyes that are positioned high on its head and a small, downturned mouth that is surrounded by sensitive barbels.

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Sexual Dimorphism

The sexual dimorphism of Hikari Corydoras is not well documented, but some general observations can be made. Males tend to have slimmer bodies and longer fins compared to females. In addition, their anal fins are typically larger and more pointed. Females, on the other hand, tend to be wider and more rounded in shape and have a more pronounced ventral bulge near the end of their bodies. This bulge is where they store eggs, becoming more apparent as they prepare to lay eggs.

Quick Facts

Scientific NameCorydoras sp (CW160)
Other NamesHikari Cory, CW160
Max Size6 cm
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan5 - 8 years

Water Parameters

Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH5 - 20
72 - 80
22 - 26

Natural habitat

You can find Hikari Corydoras in the Rio Tapajos drainage in Brazil in South America. These Corys inhabit turbid, clear, slightly acidic waters with low dissolved oxygen levels.

How to breed the Hikari Corydoras

There are no breeding reports on the Hikari Corydoras, so they are obviously challenging to breed; however, they will probably produce similar to other Corydoras Species.

Diet & feeding

In the home aquarium, the Hikari 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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