Name: Corydoras metae
Origin: Rio Meta (Colombia)
The Bandit Cory is often confused with Adolfo's Cory (Corydoras adolfoi), False Bandit Cory (Corydoras melini), Sands' Cory (Corydoras davidsandsi) and the Panda Cory (Corydoras panda). It was originally sold to me as a Panda Cory (during my more ignorant days). After some simple research I found that indeed they were not. The Bandit Cory is not choosy about food. It is plant safe and will clean up any flake or other food that the other fish do not eat. It is important to note that, as with any bottom feeder, it is a mistake to assume that they will be fine from scavenging alone. So put a little extra food in there for them!
According to online sources they lay around 20-30 eggs, these are laid slowly in clutches and carried by the female in a "pouch" formed by her pelvic fins. They are carried to the underside of broad leaves or sometimes the aquarium glass and deposited carefully. Breeding conditions will require feeding them bloodworm or other insect larvae. I have found this Cory to be extremly friendly, but not very easy to find for sale (though I have found one or two mixed in with the Panda's every now and then at my LFS). They are an ideal community fish. They are very hardy, active and enjoyable to watch. Not to mention, IMIO, they are one of the sharper looking species in the Cory family :-). If you can find them and want a Cory, I would definitely offer this as a great option!
My Bandit Cory is an excellent cleaner, I have several Cory's and it is one of my all time favorites. It works happily keeping my substrate clean, and sometimes takes small rests on rocks in my 200 L. It always seems to know when feeding time has come around and sits with my other Cory's happily waiting! This is a fairly hardy fish that helps keep the substrate clean while incredibly fun to watch!
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