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Corydoras melanistius - Black-spotted corydorasMagyarul / Hungarian
Corydoras melanistius - Black-spotted corydorasCorydoras melanistius - Black-spotted corydorasCorydoras melanistius - Black-spotted corydoras
  • Scientific name: Corydoras melanistius
  • Common name: Black-spotted corydoras, Melanistius catfish, Bluespotted corydoras, Blacksail corydoras
  • Group: Catfishes
  • Habitat: South America, Guyana, Columbia
  • Size: 6 cm
  • Biotope: Shallow, slow-moving waters
  • Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling fish.
  • Diet: Omnivorous, small live food. Frozen and dry food are accepted as well.
  • Breeding: Quite hard
  • Tank: Minimum 80 litres
  • Population: 6 fishes for 90 litres
  • Decoration: The aquarium should be planted on the sides and background. A part of the bottom of the aquarium should be free and should be sandy because they like to search after food in it and their tender barbels are easily damaged.
  • Temperature: 20-28°C
  • pH: 5,8-7,5.
  • Hardness: 2-20 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5 years

Description: The base color of Corydoras melanistius is light grey, and the body is covered with small dark spots. There is a prominent black band across the head, extending down through the eyes, and another black patch on the back, extending into the dorsal fin.

After a cold water change that drops the temperature from 22-24 to around 16-18 degrees, the fish usually spawn in the typical T-formation. The female holds 2-4 eggs between her pelvic fins, where the male fertilizes them. Then the female swims to a suitable spot, where she attaches the very sticky eggs. The approximately 2 mm large eggs take 3-4 days to hatch, and after another 2 days, the young fishes are swimming free. You can raise them with micro eels and baby brine shrimp. 

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