Salt and Pepper Cory - Corydoras habrosus
Updated August 6, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Salt and Pepper Cory (Corydoras habrosus) is one of the three pygmy corydoras species - C. habrosus, C. hastatus and C. pygmeaus. The salt and pepper cory gets to about .75 inches (2 cm) in size and does well when kept in groups in tanks with lots of plants and softer substrates.
They will adapt to a wide range of water parameters but will do well when the tank temperature is kept in the high 70's F. They are scavengers and will eat most fish foods (pellets) that make it to the bottom of the tank. Make sure they are getting enough to eat.
Corydoras habrosus Care
Scientific Name : Corydoras habrosus
Common Names : Salt and Pepper Catfish
Care Level : Easy
Size : Up to .75 inches (2 cm)
Water Parameters : pH 6 - 8 | Temperature : 77°F - 80°F (25°C - 27°C) | Water Hardness : 2° to 25° dH
Lifespan : 2 to 3 years
Origin / Habitat : South America: Upper Orinoco River basin
Temperament / Behavior : Peaceful small schooling catfish
Breeding : Non guarder, brood hider. In captivity, deposits eggs in plants near the substrate, particularly on the underside of the leaves (rarely placed on top). Spawning male protects the female from other males attempting to spawn with her. (ref:fishbase)
Aquarium Size : 10 gallons (38 liters), keep them in schools
Tank Mates : Similar sized fish, peaceful species.
Diet / Foods : They feed on small crustaceans, worms and plant matter in the wild. They will eat smaller flakes, micro pellets (new life spectrum micro pellets are really good)
Tank Region : bottom region, among the plants and in caves
Gender : When looking at them top-down, females will be thicker or wider.
Photo Credit : JammingYam (wiki)
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