Corydoras paleatus
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Corydoras paleatus

Common Names: Pepper Catfish
Peppered Cory
Synonyms: Callichthys paleatus
Family: Callichthyidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; Brazil, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Schooling; Peaceful. Undemanding and highly recommended for beginners and community tanks.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: The Pepper Catfish will feed from the waste food on the bottom on the tank, helping to combat tank pollution. Be careful though - make sure there is enough food on the gravel for the catfish.
6 - 8
18°C - 26°C
64°F - 79°F
5 dH - 19 dH
Potential Size: Male: 6.5cm (2.6")
Female: 7cm (2.8")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: NonSpecific; Non Specific
Gender: The sex of the Pepper Catfish can be distinguished in adults as the female is noticeably wider when looked upon from above.
Breeding: Difficult. One of the few species of Corydoras that can be bred in an aquarium. May be bred in a similar way to the Bronze Catfish.
Variants: Albino Peppered Corys were once extremely common, but they have now been largely replaced by the albino bronze cory. A long-finned version of the Peppered Cory has been developed, and although it is still uncommon, it has been gaining popularity recently.
Comments: As with other Corydoras, these make great bottom dwelling inhabitants for peaceful community fish tanks. Corydoras paleatus is one of the largest and hardiest species in the genus, and has been bred in aquaria for many years. There is a "high fin" version possessing a dorsal fin even taller than that of the wild fish, and there is also a longfinned form. Corydoras paleatus is probably the second most common Corydoras species worldwide, surpassed only by the Bronze Cory (Corydoras aeneus).
Main Colours: Black, Brown, Grey
Markings: Spots Large
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Concave
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