The body of the Dwarf Corydoras
is slightly more elongated than the "typical" Corydoras shape.
The body is translucent and
white to pale green in color.
The caudal penuncle is marked with black spot which
is surrounded by a thin white marking.
A thin black line extends from the midsection back
to the black marking on the caudal penuncle.
Size/Length: To 1" (2.5 cm) Similar species: None
H: Along banks of small-moving tributaries of the Paraguay and Amazon
South America; Mato Grosso, Brazil A: middle.
The Dwarf Catfish is a member
of a small group of Corydoras
catfish that swim in mid-water.
This group also includes
Aquarium: 16" (60 cm) or 5 gallons (19 L).
The tank should be heavily planted
to provide hiding places for this small catfish.
is a mid-water swimmer, a fine gravel or sand substrate should be used as the Dwarf Corydoras will
This catfish enjoys swimming into a moderate current
that can be created by a power or canister filter.
The Dwarf Corydoras occasionally
likes to rest on a flat stone or broad leafed plant.
Use bright lighting. Water chemistry: pH 6-7.8 (7.0); 2-20 dH (10); 75-82°F (24-28°C) Social behavior: A peaceful fish that can be kept in a community tank with small
and peaceful fish.
This schooling fish should be kept in groups of eight or more. Do not combine with medium to large sized fish as this cory is an easy meal. Social behavior: Small tetras,
Apistogramma, Corydoras, Peckoltia, Colisa FOOD: Small live foods; small aquatic insects, white worms,
, Brine Shrimp, insect larvae; tablets; small flakes; will nibble algae Suggested companions: Males are usually not more than
4 " (1.9 cm), while females
reach 1.2 (3 cm) and are plumper.
Breeding techniques: Spawning is initiated by the addition of cooler water. The eggs are deposited in Java moss.
Transfer the eggs to a rearing
Start feeding with
Artemia . Breeding potential: 7.
This catfish is a fairly difficult
to breed. Difficulty of care: 4.
A hardy fish recommended for
most community tanks with smaller fish.