Name: Corydoras paleatus
Origin: Southern Brazil to Uruguay
Peppered cories are wonderful additions to any community tank. They are peaceful, hardy, and each one has its own personality. They are also great at picking off the left over fish food that settles at the bottom of the tank. Peppered cories are very lively and, like most cories, like to be kept in groups. They are wonderful fish for beginner aquarists and are great fish to have.
I have some peppered cories and they are great little fish. They should be kept in shoals of around 5 or upwards. Mine are so active, all day long they sift though the sand in search of food. These fish will feed off scraps that drift to the bottom of your tank. As a treat though, you can feed these cories frozen bloodworms. As well as this, these fish will feed off crustaceans and various types of worms including tubifex and bloodworms. These fish require temperatures of around 20-24°C. It is important that the substrate in which you keep these fish is not gravel, since using gravel will damage their barbels and they will lose them. Ideally, you use very fine sand. The peppered cory is one of my favourite and I would highly recommend it to other fish keepers!
I keep four peppered cories in a 125 L tank. They’ve been there for over two years now, and while I’ve had casualties with all my other fish species, barbs, platies, neons, rasboras, gouramis, these four are doing as well as ever. They are restless, always moving and sniffing all over the tank. They’re so busy and curious, they won’t even notice when you approach the tank, and won’t even get out of the way of the vacuum cleaner when you clean the gravel. Also, they will grow in direct proportion to the food input. When I leave the house for a week or so, and leave a food block in the tank, I often come back to find everybody stressed and thin, except for one or two fat peppered cories.
I love all types of corys, but this is one of my favorites. For 4 years, I had a peppered cory I called Peppy - I know, it's a little generic, but I was only 9 when I got him. :P I loved Peppy a lot and he was the cutest little fish! He passed away last year, but this breed seems to be quite hardy and stuff.
I originally had two Peppered cory's, then they bred, and now I have nine. These catfish are brilliant for community aquariums, they're small, friendly and do a great job on cleaning. Also, even through adulthood, they're great fun to watch when they dash and dot about the tank, producing an exciting display.
I picked up three of these little guys to add to my (tetra) community tank, which I choose to keep only fairly hardy species in (for we have very hard municipal water where I reside). The tank is a 200 L heavily planted, with 5 glowlights, 7 (gold) pristellas and 9 black neon tetras, as well as a fluctuating, slowly increasing guppy population. I find these fish to be very amusing as they forage in and out of the plants and make mad dashes to the surface and back. I read somewhere that corys are air breathing fish and will gulp air. Upon close inspection of my tank a while back, I was suprised to find two very small corys had joined my community! Since then, I have seen eggs plastered on the glass near a filter output several times. They seem to breed almost every time the air pressure drops significantly, and every time I do a water change of over 30%. I didn't use to be a fan of these fish, but now I love them, they're so cute!