Peppered Corydoras (Corydoras Paleatus) Fish Species Profile
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.
|Scientific Name||Corydoras Paleatus|
|Other Names||Peppered Cory, Peppered Catfish, Salt and Pepper Cory, Mottled Corydoras|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 8+|
|Lifespan||up to 20 yea|
|Maximum Size||up to 6 cm|
|Temperature||64 - 79 ℉ (17.8 - 26.1 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 15|
Peppered Corydoras are native to Argentina, the Parana River and the Rio de la Plata in Brazil, Paraguay, Suriname, and Uruguay in South America.
They inhabit slow-moving almost still waters such as marshes, ponds, streams, lakes and rivers that are clear and shallow with a soft sandy substrate where they can forage for food.
The Peppered Corydoras is not hard to feed at all. They will commonly eat all kinds of live and flake foods. To keep the right balance, give them high-quality flake foods or sinking pellets every day as well as the occasional algae wafer and Feed them frozen, freeze-dried or live food, such as artemia, blood worms, or daphnia as a treat.