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Pantanalensis Corydoras - Corydoras pantanalensis : Complete Fish Profile & Care Guide

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Pantanalensis Corydoras is a unique and fascinating species of cory catfish that is well-suited to life in a community aquarium. Its peaceful demeanour, interesting behaviour, and adaptability make it a popular choice among aquarium hobbyists. With proper care and attention, these Corys can provide years of enjoyment and beauty to any aquarium setup. It is recommended to keep Pantanalensis Corydoras in groups of at least six individuals, preferably more, as this will allow your fish to feel more secure and confident, leading to a far more natural-looking display. Ideal tankmates for these Corys could include small to medium Characins and Cyprinids as well as Gouramis, Dwarf Cichlids and other peaceful Catfish. However, it would be best if you didn't house them with anything aggressive or huge or keep very timid slow-moving species with these fish as they are very active and may scare them. The ideal aquarium environment for these Corys would be well-planted with some driftwood to hide in and a sandy substrate. These fish will also need a good filtration system and a moderate water flow. Pantanalensis Corydoras have a brownish-green body colour, and mature males will exhibit a beautifully dark and silvery mosaic body pattern over the body and fins when in breeding conditions. In addition, there is a slight yellow hue to the fins of these fish.

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Sexual Dimorphism

When appropriately conditioned, the difference between the male and female Pantanalensis Corydoras is usually quite apparent. Females are generally bigger and will look wider than males when viewed from above, as they have a larger underbelly. In contrast, the males are shorter in length and usually slimmer than the females.

Quick Facts

Scientific NameCorydoras pantanalensis
Year Described2001
Other NamesPantanal Cory, C005
Max Size8 cm
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan5 - 8 years

Water Parameters

Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH2 - 10
78 - 82
25 - 28

Natural habitat

Pantanalensis Corydoras can be found in the Cussis and Las Petas River Basins in Bolivia in South America. These Corys inhabit slow-moving to still, very clean and clear waters in wetlands with abundant vegetation.

How to breed the Pantanalensis Corydoras

Pantanalensis Corydoras can be somewhat challenging to breed; however, they produce similarly to other Corydoras species. It would be best to set up a separate breeding tank with either a bare bottom or a sand or fine gravel substrate. You should also add an air-powered sponge filter and some clumps of java moss. The ideal temperature for breeding would be around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pH should be approximately 6.5. Using RO water and filtering the water through peat is also helpful. It would also help if you had a higher ratio of males to females when breeding Corys, and two males for every female is ideal. It would be better to condition the group on a mixed diet of dried, live and frozen foods, as this will help to encourage spawning. Once you can see the females are full of eggs, you should perform a significant water change with cooler water and increase the flow and oxygenation in the tank, then repeat this daily until the fish spawn. When the fish are ready to spawn, you may notice increased activity; this will be the males pursuing the females. When the females are prepared, they will allow the male to touch her with their barbels, where they will then take up the classic T-position. The female will then form a basket with her pelvic fins where she will place 1 to 4 eggs. Once the eggs are fertilised, she will swim away and find a suitable place to deposit the eggs, usually on the tank's glass near water with a fast current. This cycle is then repeated until she has no more eggs. Once spawning is complete, you should remove either the adults or the eggs; otherwise, they will be consumed. If you decide to move the eggs, you will find they are pretty strong and can be easily rolled up the glass with a finger. The new tank should be oxygenated and have the same water parameters as the breeding tank. Adding a few drops of methylene blue to the water would be better to prevent the eggs from getting fungus; however, some eggs may still have fungus, so you must remove them immediately to prevent it from spreading. The eggs will usually hatch between 3 and 5 days later, and the fry will initially feed on their yolk sacs. Once they have finished their yolk sacs, you must provide them with microworms and baby brine shrimp. The babies appear less susceptible to disease if you keep them in a tank with a thin layer of sand rather than a bare bottom.

Diet & feeding

In the home aquarium, Pantanalensis 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 mini 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. 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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