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The Pygmy Cory

Common name – Pygmy Cory

Proper name – Coryordras Pygmaeus

Family – callichthyide

Sub family – corydoradinae

Origin – the Rio Madeira basin, Brazil, found in flooded forests, around vegetation and tree roots

Minimum group suggestion – preferably 6 as in anything less they usually will not act regularly, meaning that they will bunch together and become very lethargic.

Minimum tank suggestion – at least a 12-15 inch 10 gallon tank as they are very active and like longer tanks, opposed to shorter, higher tanks.

Diet – this fish will accept a large range of foods including, high quality, finely crushed flakes, frozen or live bloodworms, brine shrimp and small live worms. High quality sinking catfish pellets, and algae discs are also accepted by this fish, but prefers meatier foods

Substrate preference – this small catfish prefers soft, sand substrate or very fine gravel, as regular gravel, can irritates] them, and leave them susceptible to fungal infections

How to tell gender – females are appear a tad wider than males from above

Level in tank – unlike some other cories this fish will be seen in the bottom to middle layers of the tank. instead of bottom

Temperature – 71 – 80

Water conditions – PH – 6.5 to 7.5 –hardness to 15 dGH but preferably below 8 dGH

Compatibility – this fish does well with other small peaceful community fish, that have somewhat similar needs to pygmy cories

Notes – this fish is a somewhat fragile fish. in my experience ive had 1 die for every 2 water changes missed, this is also a fish that is intolerant of salt, chemicals and sometimes even medications. Usually you know whan your fish is being affected when it shows these signs of stress, rapid breathing, less coloration, becoming very lethargic for prolonged periods of times. This is usually why they aren’t the best choice for newly set up tanks or tank that often have temperature, or water chemistry fluctuations. When your fish shows signs of these symptoms, you should immediately do a water change of 40% or more, then test your water.
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