The genus Corydoras includes 180+ described species along with hundreds that are not yet classified,
all equally adored by hobbyists who own them. There are tiny pygmy species and others that reach a
few inches in length. Species may be sold under several common names, such as Panda, Green,
Bronze and Albino. Unfortunately, the Albino Cory's are sometimes subjected to the cruelty of being
dyed garish pinks or blues. These fish are often weak and sickly, as well as short-lived.
Cory's are a playful, endearing creature but they're not all for show - they're great workers too! Cory's are
constantly rooting through the substrate for tastey morsals missed by other tank occupants. They will
not bother other tankmates and are a wonderful addition to the community tank. Some species can live
for over 20 years. These fish shine in the company of their own kind, playing in groups up and down the
glass, especially in the evening (diurnal). This tough little Catfish is an awesome beginner fish.
Corydoras are egg spawners, preferring broad-leaved plants as a spawning site. While some breed
easily, others require elaborate measures such as simulating the rainy season during Winter. They
and the other tank occupants will eat the eggs, so removal is crucial if fry are desired.
These charming fish are easy to care for, requiring only very clean conditions, good filtration and a
proper diet. They benefit from both protein and vegetation in their diet. Pealed, quartered peas, cooked
slightly to soften, is a favorite vegetable. High quality flake, freeze-dried, fresh and frozen foods are all
eagerly devoured and contribute to a healthy diet. They do appreciate slightly acidic water and some are
sensitive to salt. You will find many books available, which will provide you with more detailed
information and guidelines should you require them.