Corydoras Species


Corydoras, or Cory Cats as they are frequently called are members of the Callichthyidae family. Cory cats are a highly speciose family, with over 150 currently species still awaiting description and naming! Cory cats are a commonly kept group of fishes due to their cute antics, small size and pleasant dispositions. They are a very frequently kept fish in community tanks as they spend much of their time cruising the substrate, livening up the lower strata of the aquarium.

The Peppered Cory Cat (Corydoras paleatus) is one of the most commonly sold species or cory cat. Other common species include Panda Cory Cat (Corydoras panda), Sterbai Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai), Skunk Cory Cat (Corydoras arcuatus) and the Panda Cory Cat (Corydoras panda).


Corydoras are native to South America where they are found in many different river drainages throughout the continent. They are small fish ranging in size from about 1” (2.5 cm) to about 5” (13 cm).

Captive Care

Corydoras can make great aquarium inhabitants, provided their husbandry needs such as diet, water quality and tank space are met. Water

Most cory cats prefer a temperature range of 70F (21) to 74F (23).Interestingly, a sudden drop in water temperature, such as a large water change with cool water will stimulate breeding in cory cats. Cory cats are typically considered good members of community tanks, particularly with other peaceful species.

It is important to consider carefully what species of cory may be best for your aquarium. While smaller species such as the Pygmy Cory Cat (Corydoras pygmaeus) are suited to tanks as small as five gallons, larger species such as the Emerald Green Cory (Brochis splendens) may be better suited to a larger tank.

Suggested Piscine Energetics Products

We suggest a diet based on Piscine Energetics Frozen Mysis, Piscine Energetics Frozen Calanus, Piscine Energetics Pellets (1mm and 2mm) and Piscine Energetics Freshwater Flakes.

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