How to care for albino catfish

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The Albino Corydoras Catfish (Bronze corydoras) is native to the Amazon River in South America. It belongs to the Callichthyidae family of fish. The fish grows up to 2 inches long. It varies from pink to white and have some barbells around the mouth. The Cory catfish is a peaceful, bottom dwelling scavenger. These are one of the preferred starting fish. They require very little specific care.

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Things you need

  • 10 to 30 gallon stock tank
  • Test kits: pH, salt, ammonia and nitrite
  • Hiding place
  • Cory fish food
  • Test kits: pH, salt, ammonia and nitrite

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    Create the ideal tank conditions. Ideally you want 30 gallons of water but from personal experience they do all right in 10 gallons. Fill the tank with de-chlorinated freshwater. The ideal tank conditions are: temperature 72-79°F; pH 5.8-7.0; Water Hardness 5° to 18°dH.

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    Set up the aquarium. Try to mimic their natural habitat with plants and rocks. Driftwood is also not a bad idea. The albino Cory catfish enjoys a well-planted aquarium with at least one hiding place to provide relief from the light. They prefer low lighting, as they have an aversion to light. A smooth sand or gravel bottom is ideal for they’re barbells are easily damaged.

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    Feed your Cory catfish. The Cory is omnivorous so a good mix of quality flake and pellet food is good, also frozen brine shrimp and live worms are good. You can use any tropical fish flakes from any local grocery store and they seem to like it

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    Give them the ideal tankmates. They enjoy numbers so 2-6 of them would be great. The ideal tank mates for the Albino Aeneus Cory Catfish are Peaceful scavengers.

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    Breeding your Cory Catfish. Breeding the Cory is relatively easy with a large enough school for them to pair and breed. Slightly acidic water and the correct temperature are required for breeding. Abrupt changes in temp. is known to induce breeding. Try taking away 20% of water and replace it with slightly colder water. Remove fry when they become waterborne and place them in a separate tank: a 1 to 5 gallon is good.

Tips and warnings

  • These fish are fun to look at and are easy to take care of. They also a bit of respite from those other colourful tropical fish.
  • Attitude: They are a peaceful species of catfish and will go about they’re own business.
  • Swimming Level: They swim at the bottom like most catfish but will go higher if hassled.

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