Xingu Corydoras (Corydoras xinguensis)
Like all Corydoras species, Xingu Corydoras are extremely popular in the aquarium hobby. These fish are very peaceful and can perform strange antics in the water, much to the joy of their keepers. However, Xingu Corydoras are not quite as prevalent in the trade as other Corydoras species; and are worth looking out for.
Xingu Corydoras are shoaling fish, so they should be kept in a group of at least six individuals. These fish are suitable for a community aquarium as long as they are kept alongside other peaceful species. Ideal tankmates for this fish could include small Cyprinids, Characins, Dwarf Cichlids, Anabantoids, and other peaceful Catfish. However, these fish are very active and may stress out smaller fish. In addition, you should avoid housing these Corys with aggressive or predatory species.
Xingu Corydoras usually inhabits the bottom of the aquarium, where they typically feed in the lower areas of their environment, searching for food in the substrate. These Corydoras enjoy flowing water, not still or stagnant water; therefore, the aquarium needs to be set up to have a current of water from one end to the other. Routine aerations and filtration systems generally provide this. In addition, having plenty of vegetation to break up lines of sight will also help protect your Corydoras from predation, make them feel more secure, and provide hiding spaces and shaded areas.
Xingu Corydoras have a flat-bellied body and an arched back in front of the dorsal fin, and their bodies are silvery-grey. These fish have a snub snout and pretty long barbels. Other than their belly, the Xingu Corydoras are covered in small, black spots distributed evenly and separately over their body. These spots start at the snout and continue to the caudal peduncle. The fins are all essentially hyaline and relatively plain except for the caudal fin that has seven grey vertical columns of colour in the rays from root to tip.
|Scientific Name||Corydoras xinguensis|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||up to 15 years|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||5 - 12|
|72 - 81℉|
22.2 - 27.2℃
In the home aquarium, the Xingu 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.
The female is generally larger, more profound and has a broader body than the male. The females also display less intense colour than the male in the body at spawning times. In contrast, males tend to be somewhat slimmer, and their colouring is more intense in the body than females.