Paleatus corydoras (or the peppered cory catfish) is an excellent addition to many tropical freshwater aquariums. A beautiful catfish, the peppered cory prefers to school in groups of five or more. The fish has a striking appearance, with a tan body and silver, blue, or black spotting or striping.
Expect your peppered cory catfish to inhabit the bottom of your tank, feeding on flake, wafer, or pellet foods. Paleatus corydoras has a reputation for peaceful behavior, with adult members growing to around 2.5 inches in length.
The peppered cory catfish originated in South and Central America. However, most of the peppered cory catfish you’ll find today are tank-bred, not specimens from the wild.
Peppered cory catfish prefer 12-gallon tanks at the minimum. Maintain the temperature in your tank at around 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit for the best results with your corys and avoid coarse substrate—stick to smooth gravel or sand. Harsh substrate may harm the underbelly or barbels of a peppered cory catfish.
Corys also do well in aquariums with natural plants. They do best with a pH of around 6.0-7.5 and show hardiness when you meet these conditions, often living for up to 10 years.
Peppered cory catfish prefer to live in schools with at least five members. They also get along with the majority of nano aquarium species, though they have a reputation for eating juvenile dwarf shrimp. As a peaceful species, corys generally do well with most tankmates.
While corys are compatible with many tankmates, you may want to avoid exposing them to aggressive fish.
Our food of choice: Sinking wafers.
Paleatus corydoras accept a wide range of prepared wafer, flake, and pellet foods designed with bottom-feeders in mind. They also eat frozen or freeze-dried meaty foods, including invertebrates and insects.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Paleatus Corydoras Aggressive?
Peppered cory catfish generally behave peacefully in a tank, displaying little to no aggressive behavior. They don’t cause issues with other peaceful fish and prefer schooling with other cory catfish. Keep in mind that they may eat some small shrimp.
Can You Mix Corydoras Species?
Want more variety in your tank? You can mix different types of corydoras in the same tank. In many cases, they’ll group into schools together.
They fare best if you have at least five fish in a school, as they are communal and experience stress with smaller schools.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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