Pretty Cory (Corydoras pulcher)

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Pretty Cory

Corydoras pulcher

Moderate

56.781 liters
56,781.177 mL
56.8 Litres (15 US G.)

6.604 cm 5.1-6.6cm (2-2.6 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 8.0

295.372 K
22.222 °C
531.67 °R
300.372 K
27.222 °C
540.67 °R
22.2-27.2°C (72 -81 °F)

5-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Uncommon

3-5 years




Contents

Origin

South America: Pastaza River basin in Ecuador.

Sexing

Usually when properly conditioned, the difference between the male and female Corydora becomes quite evident. Females have a larger underbelly, when viewed from the top will look a lot wider than a male. Males are smaller in length than females also.

Tank compatibility

Very peaceful community fish. Will not intentionally bother tank inhabitants, however their bumbling about the tank may bother more delicate fish or other bottom dwellers. Are best kept in groups of 3-4 or more.

Diet

As with most Corydoras, these fish will eat most food which sinks to the bottom of the tank. Sinking algae pellets should be supplemented with flake food or other sinking foods like catfish pellets.
Be aware these fish do have a carnivorous side to them and love foods such as Bloodworm and Brine Shrimp. Vegetable-based foods offer little nutrition to them. They will also eat any dead, dying, or even injured fish, that sit on the substrate too long. They're very opportunistic!

Feeding regime

These fish are most active at night, so feeding once before lights out is typically enough. Though they can easily be persuaded to feed during the day. Since they are slower eaters they should be allowed at least 30 minutes to consume their food.

Environment Specifics

Requires a sand or small gravel substrate and prefers a planted tank. Keeping a cory on sharp or large gravel can lead to damage to their barbels, which when infected will make it hard for the cory to find food.
Corys are sensitive to salt, as with other scaleless fish, adding salt to the tank will cause them harm.

Behaviour

Identification

An unusual and attractive Corydora, typical Corydora in shape but with an elongated dorsal fin. The body is pale cream with very little dark spotting and darker colouration around the head. With three dark lateral lines, one along the spine, one along the lateral line and one just above the belly. The caudal fin has dark bands.

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