Largest Peppered Cory?

LilBlub

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I was just out buying some fish for my 20 gal, when I saw her. The biggest peppered cory I’ve ever laid eyes on. She was gigantic. So gigantic, in fact, that I decided to buy her for my peppered cory school. She’s a solid 4 inches long.

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Has anyone ever seen a peppered cory this big? If so, how do they get this size? Is she really old, or just naturally huge?
 

Bryangar

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She’s probably old, how long would you say she is? I know females usually get bigger than males, up to 3 inches.
 
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LilBlub

LilBlub

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She’s about 4 inches. She’s almost the size of my youngest fancy goldfish.
 

Bryangar

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She’s about 4 inches. She’s almost the size of my youngest fancy goldfish.
Oh, I didn’t see that in the original post lol. That’s pretty cool, maybe a well cared for cory?
 
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LilBlub

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Must be. She’s getting along with the other cories so far, but at first they were like “OMG what is that?!”
 

DarkOne

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That's pretty cool. I have 12 peppered cories I bought in groups of 6. The first group was almost 2" and the 2nd group was smaller at less than 1.5". I was worried the smaller group wouldn't be accepted but they all get along great.
 

Sarah73

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Yup those are the biggest peppers you can get.
 
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LilBlub

LilBlub

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The biggest one in my tank before I bought her was a 2-year old, 2 inch long female. She’s now only the second biggest lol. The rest of the school are babies, under a year old, so they’re all fairly small.
 

Sarah73

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The biggest one in my tank before I bought her was a 2-year old, 2 inch long female. She’s now only the second biggest lol. The rest of the school are babies, under a year old, so they’re all fairly small.
Yup! Used to own 7 of them. So freaken cute!
 

DoubleDutch

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They can even grow bigger than this !!!
Beautifully colored btw
 
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LilBlub

LilBlub

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Really? How big have you seen them get? I’ve seen larger species but this is truly the biggest peppered I’ve ever come across.
 

DoubleDutch

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I've seen huge ones that were kept in a pond. Thibk they were 1,5 to 2 times the size of this ones. Sometimes XXL corys (also other species) appear in the trade.
Don't exactly know where those come from.
 

Deku-Cory

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For some reason, some Cory females get super huge, while others stay a bit smaller. I like to say they come in Large and Jumbo. I have a Peppered named Amber and a Bronze named Boris, they’re roughly the same age as I got them at the same time. Yet Boris is Jumbo, while Amber is Large.
The biggest Cory I ever owned was a female Bronze named Shineocean, she was about 3.5 inches. Lost her last winter, she was about 8 or 9.
 

DoubleDutch

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My biggest was a pepper called Big Mum.
She died sone time ago grrrr
 

Sarah73

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My biggest was my emerald females until I got the peppers and one got 5 inches
 
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LilBlub

LilBlub

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Oh my! That’s a big girl. I’ve named mine Large Marge. Lol. I hope she lives a year or two with me, although she’s probably fairly old so I don’t know how long I’ll have her.
 

DoubleDutch

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My biggest at the moment are these C.aeneus. They're formerly known as C.macrosteus (what's in a name) and are twice the size of my normal bronze ones hahaha.
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LilBlub

LilBlub

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I think I’ve seen those at the same pet store I got her at. They do have some bigger species, not just the typical bronze and peppered.
 

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