Max Size: 6cm

Peppered Corydoras (Corydoras Paleatus)

The peppered Corydoras is one of the more popular types of Corydoras because it is very hardy, resistant and adapts to a wide range of water parameters, making this an ideal candidate for a beginner aquarist and the community tank.

These Corydoras are small, good looking catfish and they can be be found in a variety of colours and patterning, depending on where they originated.

Their body is relatively stocky and covered with two rows of bony plates, as are their heads. It is olive-tan and displays dark green to black markings with each individual being slightly different. Their fins are pale; their dorsal fin has a dark patch on the first few rays, the caudal fin has several fine spots and the adipose fin sports a spot on the upper tip. Overall they are essentially bronze with dark patches and specks.

On the upper jaw are two pairs of barbels, which help the fish to scour through the substrate for food. These species have articulated eyes allowing them to tilt their eyes up and down without having to move their head.

There is an albino variety of this species, but they tend to be very sensitive to water conditions, lighting and medicines, so they are quite challenging to keep.


Peppered corydoras
Peppered corydoras
Peppered corydoras
Peppered corydoras
Quick Facts
Scientific NameCorydoras Paleatus
Other NamesPeppered Cory, Peppered Catfish, Salt and Pepper Cory, Mottled Corydoras
OriginsArgentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespanup to 20 yea
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH5 - 15
64 - 79℉
17.8 - 26.1℃

Natural Habitat

Paraná River
Rio de la Plata


In the home aquarium, the Peppered 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.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional 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, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account 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.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is easy to determine the different sexes of the Peppered Corydoras. Females are usually larger than males and more rounded in the belly. When viewed from above the difference is more prominent, as the female is much broader than the male. The males have a larger dorsal and pectoral fins, and their anal fin is more pointed than the females. Males are often more vibrant in colour than females.

Other Corydoras of interest

Adolfos Catfish(Corydoras adolfoi)
Agassizs Corydoras(Corydoras agassizii)
Albino Corydoras(Corydoras aeneus)
Araguaia Corydoras(Corydoras araguaiaensis)
Armatus Corydoras(Corydoras armatus)
Axelrods Corydoras(Corydoras axelrodi)
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Date Added: 11/09/2020 - Updated: 08/08/2022 14:34:45