Pygmy Corydoras, Panda Cory Corydoras pygmaeus | Pictures Synonyms: None Physical description:
The body is more elongated than
The body color is dirty white
to beige and matches the color of the belly.
The back is olive brown and
dark brown to black stripe extends from the tip of the snout back to the caudal penuncle.
Another similarly colored stripe
extends from behind the pectoral fin, along the base of the belly, and
to the end of the anal fin.
Size/Length: To 1" (2.5 cm) Similar species:
Dwarf Corydoras (
) H: South America; Rio Madeira and its tributaries (Brazil).
This fish is found swimming in mid-water in huge schools of thousands in the wild. A: middle, top Aquarium: 16" (60 cm) or 5 gallons (19 L).
C. hastatus for other tank specifications. Water chemistry: pH 6-7.8 (7.0); 1-30 dH (10); 75-82°F (24-28°C) FOOD: Small live foods; small aquatic insects, white worms,
, Brine Shrimp, insect larvae; small flakes Social behavior: A peaceful, schooling fish that should be kept in groups of 6 or
Combine in a community tank with small, peaceful fish.
Do not place this little catfish with large fish as the Pygmy Corydoras may be mistaken for food. Easily intimidated by larger fish Social behavior: As for
Corydoras hastatus . Suggested companions: Females are slightly larger than males.
Breeding techniques: Spawning is initiated by the addition of cooler water.
Use a well-planted tank.
Eggs are laid singly on leaves.
Fry often appear in heavily planted, lowly populated tanks. Breeding potential: 6.
This catfish is a fairly easy
species to breed. Remarks: Most available of the pygmy
Corydoras species. Difficulty of care: 4.
A hardy fish recommended for
most community tanks having small fish.