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Palespotted Corydoras

palespotted corydoras

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Scientific Name:   Corydoras gossei      
Min. Tank Size:   25 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   72-79°F      
pH:   6.0-8.0/2-25°dGH      
Size:   2"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


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

Palespotted Corydoras

Endemic to the Rio Mamore in Brazil, the Palespotted Corydoras has a fairly limited natural range. They typically exhibit dark coloration on the top half of their bodies with white or yellowish coloration below. The bodies of these fish are also ornamented with pale yellow markings near the dorsal and pectoral fins - these spots are what earned these fish the name Palespotted Corydoras.

Tank Set-up

These fish can be found in tributaries and thus prefer an Amazon biotope set-up. In the home aquarium, Palespotted Corydoras enjoy sandy substrate and plenty of cover in the form of driftwood branches and roots. These fish may also enjoy the addition of leaf litter and, though aquatic plants are not a main feature of their natural habitat, can also thrive in planted tanks. Like all Corydoras, this species is sensitive to rough substrate - their barbels are particularly susceptible to disease. This species is very peaceful in nature and tends to become more active when kept with conspecifics or groups of at least six of the same species.


Palespotted Corydoras are omnivorous by nature and are easy to feed in the home aquarium. Offer these Corydoras a high-quality sinking pellet or wafer for a staple diet, supplementing it with small live and frozen foods such as bloodworms, Artemia and Daphnia. These fish may also accept Spirulina wafers or pellets. Feed a varied diet on a regular basis to ensure optimum health and coloration.


Breeding Palespotted Corydoras is similar to breeding many other Corydoras - they exhibit the classic t-shaped spawning position and deposit their eggs on tank walls and among plant leaves. In order to encourage spawning, it is wise to perform large, cool water changes over a period of several days and the fish should be conditioned on a diet of live food. After spawning, the adults should be removed from the tank so they do not eat their eggs.

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