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Keeping Corydoras for Pets

Updated on January 8, 2011

Corydoras: the Peaceful Cleanup Crew

Most people add a few corydoras to their tank to help keep it clean.  They are the janitors of the fish world, always probing the tank floor with their mustache-like mouths.  They never fight, and they like to be with other fish.  And though I knew what they were used for, they were the first and only thing I wanted when I tried to think of what sort of fish to put in my new tank.

Any news today, Ralph?
Any news today, Ralph?

What I Found They Like to Eat

What do I feed my Corydoras?  Well....they like... Betta food.  Yep, that's right.  My spotted Dalmatian corydoras get five pieces of Betta food every day.  They dart to the top of the tank and chase after it.  It keeps them healthier than any fish flakes I've tried, and it doesn't cloud the water.

Beware the Spine!

Corydora Catfish have a spine in their dorsal fin.  Don't touch it!  Also, be careful when netting them that it doesn't get lodged in the net.
Corydora Catfish have a spine in their dorsal fin. Don't touch it! Also, be careful when netting them that it doesn't get lodged in the net.

Albino Variety

From left to right: Albino Corydora, Chinese Algae Eater, and Dalmatian Corydora.
From left to right: Albino Corydora, Chinese Algae Eater, and Dalmatian Corydora.

Banana Plants

Banana plants are easy to buy and care for.  They add color to the tank, help keep it oxygenated, and provide a place for fish to hide.
Banana plants are easy to buy and care for. They add color to the tank, help keep it oxygenated, and provide a place for fish to hide.

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      Rayane 

      5 years ago

      There are more fish in the tank now and more plants, also a few leragr plants, unfortunately we lost some of the rainbows but at the moment we have got 15 Cardinal Tetras in there as well as the other fish mentioned in the video description, sometime when the tank is looking really good i will upload a new video.

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      Ssk 

      5 years ago

      I have had a similar type of tank in the past. (Gourami, guiepps, and a couple cories) They all seemed to get along pretty well, as long as no one tried to disrespect the gourami; he was BOSS.Neon Tetras are pretty fast, but if your gourami gets hungry and can catch one, he probably would try.So feed your fish enough to keep them from feeding each other. But not so much that there is extra just falling to the bottom and polluting your tank (especially important with such a small tank).Having a planted aquarium makes all of them more happy. Good job!

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      Alexander Silvius 

      7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Short, sweet and interesting hub. I would like a fish tank at some point, I'll consider Corydoras. Nice choice of pictures too.

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