SOUTH AMERICA: Rio Paragua, Itenez river system,
Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Min Tank Size:
20 gallons (76 liters) or larger.
Min Shoal Size:
Best in groups of six or more.
OMNIVORE: Thrives best on a varied diet including
fresh or frozen bloodworm, blackworm, daphnia, grindal worm, white
worm and tubifex complimented with algae wafers and catfish wafer
Very docile, gregarious in a shoal.
Temperature of 73 to 81°F (23 to 27°C),
pH 6.5 to 7.2, 2-12° dH
Easy to Moderate. Ideally, the substrate should
be soft sand, although small, rounded gravel would be acceptable.
Either would need to be kept very clean to avoid injury or infection
to this tiny fish's sensitive barbels. Arches of driftwood, roots
and dry branches with bark removed could serve as shelters as
well as rock work, caves and taller plants providing cover. Floating
plants would offer an alternative form of shelter as well as dappling
soft, overhead lighting. Water should be extremely clean, very
clear, well-oxygenated and have a mild current.
This very gentle fish can either be housed in a
species-only or a peaceful community aquarium. In either situation
it is best kept in a shoal of at least 6. Peaceful tankmates would
include small to medium sized fish, including: anabantoids, cardinal
tetras, small characins, cyprinids, dwarf cichlids, danios, guppies,
mollies, platys, rasboras, swords, otos, small plecos and other
small catfish. Indigenously, C. albolineatus occurs sympatrically
with the deeper-bodied Corydoras paragua where the Rio Paragua
and the Rio Itenez meet.
Good for all.
Albolineatus: Latin: “albus” means white and “lineatus”
meaning stripes or lines refers to the white stripe that runs
down each of this fish's flanks.