Corys (Corydoras) are not only charming and entertaining, but also useful for helping tidy up excess food in the tank. Of course, they need to be given their own special food, rather than relying solely on scraps left by their tankmates. The enjoy tablet food, live foods, and flake foods, and a freeze-dried block of tubifex worms stuck on the bottom of the tank keeps them entertained for a while.
They prefer to be kept in groups (unfortunately many hobbyists only have one per tank) and seem to be more active at slightly cooler water temperatures.
I hated to do it, but I recently 'sold' four of my grown cory babies to a local aquarium shop. There just wasn't enough room for them all. The store owner complimented their size and their beautiful iridescent green coloring. I was a very proud 'Mom'! They were released at the store into a tank with lots of fuzzy green algae and hiding places. Two of the other grown babies moved out to my Mom's new tropical tank. They are enjoying their new home and have two pretty male platies as tankmates. Sadly, one of the runts passed on during the Christmas holidays, along with the C. panda I had, but the other 'runt' is still in my tank and doing well.
The cories are now in a 20 gallon with a lot of plants and little caves and tank "shelves" for hiding and exploring. They seem to love it, and are very active. I recently raised the temperature in the tank, so the endless spawning has stopped. To read more about the babies, click here.
Their tankmates now include sailfin mollies, a mickey mouse platy, and a red velvet swordtail. The one female betta is still around as well, although she seems to hate the swordtail and the platy.
This brings my cory population from 10 bronze/green C. aeneus, 2 albino C. aeneus, 1 C. paleatus, and 1 C. panda down to 3 bronze/green C. aeneus, 2 albino C. aeneus, and 1 C. paleatus. I love these little fish and am tempted every time I see a tiny albino or a busy jullii darting around a fish store tank.
Top left, the big Mamma; right, Mamma and one of the 'runts'
Bottom left, feeding time rush; right, a grown baby and my C. panda, who passed away.
The Age of Aquariums has cory pics and info
This page has some nice photos and maps of origin
Raising and Breeding Corydoras metae (bandit cory)
General Cory Information
Albino corys photo and some information
More Cory Information from Fishcorner
Okay, I think this is in Italian-- but it has photos of some of the different Corydoras.
Corydoras Resources in print
A tank set-up for corys, complete with mistakes
Info on transporting corys long distances
Corys and described species of Corydoras
Cory Catfish WebRing Home Page
Info on C. aeneus, C. panda, C. paleatus
Two of my four adult corys decided to start a breeding program for me in February of 1998, and produced nine babies. All but two of them grew to be the size of their father. Two of the babies were quite decidedly runts. I don't know why they didn't grow; they ate well and seemed healthy and active.
The babies' parents are a female albino cory and a green male. The babies have now moved in with their parents, and a small panda cory and an adult paleatus. They are in a 20 gallon with a lot of plants and little caves and tank "shelves" for hiding and exploring. They seem to love it, and are very active. The same couple keeps spawning, but at the moment, I don't have the time or space to raise more babies. Apparently, the big mama cory is quite a cutie, because even the paleatus and a couple of her sons flirt with her.
The babies finished 'growing up' in a 20 gallon with a female betta, and she is enjoyed their company, often joining them on the bottom of the tank to eat a few bites of their tablet food. She was not aggressive toward them at all.
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