Cute, active, and just about as likable as a little fish can be, the Habrosus Pygmy Cory is a wonderful addition to all sorts of aquariums! Perfect aquarium fishes, these little guys should not be looked at as "janitors" by any stretch. In fact, they're really like any other fish, moving actively all over the water column. Now, they DO tend to poke into every nook and cranny in the tank, looking for for- but they are definitely NOT "scavengers". I mean, would YOU want to be classified as a "scavenger?" You do eat cold pizza, right? Yeah.
We offer these little guys in groups of 6 specimens, and quite honestly, think that you should consider an even larger group- like a dozen. They really display their most endearing traits in groups like this, and will be a constant source of amusement- even in a pretty large aquarium! They're pretty tough for little guys, too! While they won't always tightly school, with a large enough group, you're bound to see a bunch of them foraging together, or interacting with each other throughout aquarium.
Ours come from the Orinoco region, and although perfectly suited for our blackwater, botanical-style aquariums, they are also found in "white water" habitats in their range...so they're adaptable, too! Whatever type of environment you choose to house them in, make sure that you use a fine substrate, like a sand, without too many sharp edges upon which the fish can damage their mouthparts. They are just fine with all sorts of lighting...they're hardly shy fish!
And speaking of their mouthparts...they LOVE to use them to eat. They'll eat just about anything you throw at them, provided it's small enough in size for them to handle! A varied diet of foods like Daphnia, Brine Shrimp, small pellets, etc. is great...And in the botanical-style blackwater aquarium, we observe them feeding among and possibly on the biofilms which arise as leaves and such break down. Size-wise, they top out at around .75", and the specimens you will receive will vary in size from about 0.5" to .75" consistently. A 20 gallon or larger tank works great for them!
Our specimens have been acclimated and well cared for by noted aquarist Mike Tuccinardi at his facility in Colorado, and are active, healthy, and actively foraging. Definitely a fish you'll enjoy having in your collection...we cannot recommend them enough!
Mike’s Notes: "Although they’re called a ‘schooling’ fish, shoaling might be a more appropriate term – better yet, ‘swarming’. Especially during the low water season, these corys can be found in huge aggregations in the extreme shallows, systematically rooting through both the substrate and water column for any and all food items small enough to fit in their mouths. They seem to inhabit a wide range of habitat types, from sandy, still swamps to fast-moving, rocky streambeds and adapt well to most aquarium environments."
SOURCE: Net collected Orinoco
CARE LEVEL: Beginner
NATURAL DIET: Small crustaceans, bicover
MAXIMUM SIZE: Approx. 0.75"
IDEALLY SUITED FOR: Preferably tannin-stained acidic to slightly alkaline environments
NOTE: This photo is for illustrative purposes only. You will be receiving a group of specimens which look similar to the ones shown in our photo, but should expect variations in color.
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