Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 72-79Ôø?F; pH 5.8-7.0; KH 2-12
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2Ôø?"
Color Form: Black, Silver
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: South America
The Ornate Cory Cat comes from the tributaries of the Rio Negro and Rio Uaupes in South America and is a peaceful bottom dwelling scavenger. The Ornate Cory is a beautiful catfish with a silver body and distinct black horizontal stripes that run from just behind the gill plate to the tail. The eyes are also covered with a black stripe and the fins of this fish are mottled with black spots.
The Ornate Cory Cat requires a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding places that provide relief from the light. A smooth sand or gravel substrate is needed because of the easily damaged barbels. They enjoy being in numbers, so a small school of six or more is ideal for these cats.
Breeding the Ornate Cory Cat is accomplished by providing a number of the same species in the aquarium and allowing them to pair off. Success in breeding the Ornate Cory has been attained with a low water level and a dH lower than 6. Feed the fry a variety of mashed dried foods as well as baby brine shrimp.
The Ornate Cory Cat is omnivorous and will require a well balanced diet including dried, flake, frozen, and live foods. Feed a quality flake and pellet food as well as frozen brine and live worms.
Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/2"
Ornate Cory Cat