Corydoras ornatus

Common Names: Ornate Cory
Family: Callichthyidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; America - South
Main Ecosystem: River; Rio Tapajos
Temperament: Peaceful; Very good community fish, very peaceful.
Diet: Ominvore; They will eat most foods that sink to the bottom.
Care: These catfish prefer tanks with plenty of hiding spaces along the bottom, and clumps of plants. They like to have open swimming space, as well. The Ornate Cory should be kept in groups of at least six, because it is a shoaling fish. Care must be taken when adding medicines to a tank with these catfish (this applies to all Corydoras catfish) because they have no actual scales. Thus, any medicines added affect them more so than with scaled fish.
6 - 7.5
23°C - 26°C
73°F - 79°F
5 dH - 18 dH
Potential Size: Male: 6.5cm (2.6")
Female: 7cm (2.8")
Water Region: Bottom; They spend almost all of their time at the bottom.
Activity: NonSpecific; They are active all day, though slightly more so at night.
Gender: Adult females are larger and more plump when viewed from above.
Breeding: Details about breeding these cories are unknown.
Comments: Very good fish for any community tank. They will eat waste food that falls to the bottom, but they need to have more food than just leftovers. This species of Corydoras is rare in the aquarium hobby. Fish sold as "C. ornatus" are mostly just mislabeled C. pulcher or C. schwartzi.
Main Colours: White, Black
Markings: Spots Small
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Concave
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