Albino Aeneus Cory Cat - Live Aquaria
One of the first bottom feeding fish many aquarists purchase is the albino Cory cat or one of its relatives. There are over 170 recognized species of Corydoras, with 100+ species yet to be given scientific names. They belong to the Family Callichthyidae and range throughout South America, from the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic coast, and from Trinidad to northern Argentina. Brochis and Aspidoras catfish occupy smaller overlapping ranges, and are included in this care sheet as they have similar aquarium needs. All three genera are peaceful bottom feeders that can be kept in community aquariums. They are heavily armored and have sharp spines on their pectoral and dorsal fins. Care should be taken when handling them, as some species have a mild toxin in their spines.
I have a community aquarium that includes two albino Corydoras aeneus. The pH is neutral (7.0 to 7.2) and the temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Twice my have laid eggs on the walls of the aquarium. My other fish had a delicious meal. Next time I would like to try to raise the cory catfish fry. I’ve had them for several years and the female is again pregnant. I’ve looked in many books, but I can’t seem to find the information I need. Should I put them in an aquarium by themselves? What care do the eggs need?
Please keep all comments constructive to Albino cory catfish husbandry methods and care. Any degrading, sarcastic, or disrespectful comments will be removed. The Peppered Cory is a small catfish, reaching only 2.3 inches (5.9 cm) in length. They come in a variety of colors and patterning's, depending on where they originate from. Overall they are a light tan to bronze marked with gray patches and specks. They have a lifespan of 10 to about 15 years with proper care.The Peppered Cory belongs to the catfish family Callichthyidae, and like all catfish they are scaleless. Corydoras are known as armored catfish because they have two rows of bony plates, called scutes, along the length of the body. Like all catfish, they also have pairs of barbels around the mouth and strong, rigid spines on their dorsal and pectoral fins. The Paleatus Cory has also been known to produce sounds of warning when distressed and when courting. They make sounds by by rubbing the spines of their pectoral fins into grooves of their shoulder plates.There is also a long-finned variety of the Peppered Corydoras as well as a pseudo-albino variety. The albino form has been developed from darker-bodied Paleatus Corys and is simply referred to as an Albino Cory. This albino is very similar to other Albino Corys, especially the albino form of the Bronze Corydoras or Green Corydoras The Paleatus Albino Cory can be distinguished from the Aeneus albino by its longer snout and having a bit more slender appearance.The Albino Corydoras Catfish (Bronze corydoras) is native to the Amazon River in South America. It belongs to the Callichthyidae family of fish. The fish grows up to 2 inches long. It varies from pink to white and have some barbells around the mouth. The Cory catfish is a peaceful, bottom dwelling scavenger. These are one of the preferred starting fish. They require very little specific care.Albino Cories are very hardy and disease is not usually a problem in a well maintained aquarium. There is no guarantee that you won't have to deal with health problems or disease, but cory catfish are very resilient.High nitrate levels can cause Albino Cory catfish to develop infected barbels; this makes it difficult for them to navigate and eat normally. Maintain nitrate levels below 20 ppm through regular water changes. Because they are a scaleless fish, catfish can be treated with pimafix or melafix but should not be treated with potassium permanganate or copper based medications. Malachite green or formalin can be used at one half to one fourth the recommended dosage. All medications should be used with caution.The best way to proactively prevent disease is to give your fish the proper environment and give them a well balanced diet. The closer to their natural habitat the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happy. A stressed fish will is more likely to acquire disease. Anything you add to your tank can bring disease with it. Not only other fish but plants, substrate, and decorations can harbor bacteria. Take great care and make sure to properly clean or quarantine anything that you add to an established tank so as not to add new diseases to the tank. For information about fish diseases and illnesses, see