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Our New Discus Tank - VIc

by George J. Reclos

Corydoras paleatus (Jenyns 1842)

This species is characterized by the blotchy patches especially along the lateral line and along the ridge of the back. Those blotches are better defined in females than in males. The overall body color is brown-beige with noticeable metallic blue green shimmer. Preferred temperature : 22-26 C. Final size: 6 cm. The female, as with all Corydoras is wider and longer than the male. Tank decoration should consist of fine sand as gravel and many shaded places. Plants will not be harmed although a bogwood decoration may offer more possibilities. A shoaling fish - should not be kept solitarily or in pairs.

Spawning conditions Sex ratio : in pairs or 2 males to 1 female. Temperature : 23-24oC. Size of eggs: 1.8 mm. Hatched: at 23oC after 4 to 5 days. Food is first taken after 2 to 3 days. Total number of eggs : 200 - 300.

Usually we don't refer to other sources for further reading but in this case I would like to share with you a very interesting and informational book; one of the best I have read. Written by Werner Seuss, entitled  "Corydoras" and published by Daehne Verlag it is an excellent book which will help you understand many things about those small armored catfishes.

Photos by MCH / John Reclos

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