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I picked up a free 20gal. Thought it was going to be empty.... 2 dead fish. One mostly dead and this big guy.... the tank had two inches of black filth, couldn't even see the fish. I'm worried that the big guy will die just from moving him and putting him in my clean hospital tank ....
 
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Well he's pretty large.... roughly 5".... but yes please. If he lives I need to know how to care for him
 
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I have no clue. I went to pick up a free empty tank - it wasn't so empty.
 

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according to me I am sure it is a cat fish.
 

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It looks like a peppered cory to me.

How he's doing so far? Have you moved him to a hospital tank yet?
 

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Poor fish. Sounds like he is lucky to have landed with you!

There are lots of pictures of Cory species on this page. Maybe you can find a match
 

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bubblegum-heart said:
It looks like a peppered cory to me.

How he's doing so far? Have you moved him to a hospital tank yet?
If that 5" size is accurate that puts him about twice the length of a normal peppered Cory.
 
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bubblegum-heart said:
It looks like a peppered cory to me.

How he's doing so far? Have you moved him to a hospital tank yet?
Immediately moved him and the other fish that was sort of alive. Other fishie died

He's swimming around, almost looked like he was floating for a few seconds then swam again.... if I can get his tank cleaned up tomorrow morning I'll put him back in it, but that's a lot of moving him around... tho is in my 5 gal hospital tank for now


2 dead fish were also in the tank. Gah it was gross.
 
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Hill Dweller said:
Poor fish. Sounds like he is lucky to have landed with you!

There are lots of pictures of Cory species on this page. Maybe you can find a match
Wow that's a list!!! But I'm just not sure...
 

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Well I guess if you look at care for one of the larger corys (so not the Pygmy and Dwarf types) that will give you some help on what they eat and I think corys don't go well with some types of fish medicines, so at least if you know he is a big Cory that's a good start. Good luck with him!!!
 

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It's definitely some type of Corydoras. I would think C. paleatus, but if it is actually 5 inches then it may be Scleromystax barbatus, a very closely related fish, which is in the same subfamily and used to be in Corydoras. DoubleDutch and Coradee are way better at IDing cories than I am, so they can help more, I may be way off.

But I can tell you this, whatever species it is, it will need to be in groups of 6+ of its own type.
 

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It looks like a peppered cory to me too, and it looks like it was in 2 inches of black yuck, no kidding! Poor thing!
 
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MikeRad89 said:
It's a peppered Cory, it's not even close to 5 inches.
I'll measure him once he's adjusted, he's nervous and frightens easily. He sure seems pretty big, had to use my large net, but we'll see how off we are over here
 
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Since most agree I have a peppered Cory, how many can I keep in a 20 gallon long?
 

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