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Peppered Corydoras

peppered corydoras

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Scientific Name:   Corydoras paleatus      
Min. Tank Size:   25 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   65-79°F      
pH:   6.0-8.0/5-19°dGH      
Size:   2.75"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Well suited to the community tank; Characins, Cyprinids, Anabantids, Dwarf Cichlids and other Catfish.

Peppered Corydoras

Also called the Peppered Cat or Salt and Pepper Corydoras, the Peppered Corydoras is a popular choice among aquarium hobbyists. Peppered Corydoras are native to the lower Parana River basin and can also be found in the coastal rivers of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. These fish tend to inhabit rivers and tributaries as well as standing bodies of water such as small lakes and pools. Peppered Corydoras have silver or light brown bodies covered in black patches. Many specimens also exhibit black spotting or banding on the fins which are otherwise transparent. An albino form of this species can sometimes be found in pet stores.

Tank Set-up

Peppered Corydoras are very peaceful and undemanding, well suited to the general community tank. This species is best kept in groups with others of its kind and can be safely housed with small, peaceful fishes such as Tetras and Livebearers. Peppered Corydoras prefer sandy substrate in the home tank because poorly kept or rough gravel may put their barbels at risk for infection. Provide some driftwood or rock decorations for cover. Although live plants aren't absolutely necessary, these fish will thrive equally as well in a planted set-up.


In the wild, Peppered Corydoras are opportunistic omnivores, likely to eat a variety of foods including plant matter, worms and crustaceans. In the home aquarium, these Corydoras will eat virtually anything they are offered. A staple diet for these fish should include high-quality sinking pellets or tablets supplemented with live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, chopped earthworms and brine shrimp. For optimum health feed a varied diet on a regular basis.


These fish tend to spawn in a manner similar to most other Corydoras. Breeding is best achieved in groups with a higher ratio of males to females, particularly when the fish have been conditioned with live foods. Performing large, cool water changes may help to encourage spawning. Once the eggs have been fertilized and deposited, the adults should be removed from the tank so they do not eat the eggs.

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