SOUTH AMERICA: Orinoco River basin, Venezuela and
coastal drainages in Suriname, including the Saramacca and Coratijn
Min Tank Size:
15 gallons (60 liters) or larger.
Min Shoal Size:
Best in groups of six or more.
OMNIVORE: Benefits from a varied diet of live and
frozen bloodworm, brine shrimp, daphnia, grindal worm, tubifex
and white worm complimented with algae tablets and catfish pellets
and tablets and granules designed for bottom feeding catfish.
Very peaceful, gentle and highly sociable. A bit
boisterous in a shoal, but harmless.
Temperature of 68 to 75°F (20 to 246°C),
pH 6 to 7.8, 2-12° dH
Easy to Moderate. Replicating a riverine environment
is easy: start with a substrate of either soft, fine sand or small,
rounded gravel and provide shelter in the form of arching driftwood,
branches, roots, rock work, caves and tall plants densely planted
around the tank's periphery. The more secure C. brevirostris feels,
the more outgoing and active it is. There should be a fairly large
area of open water for swimming and floating plants can be added
to dapple low light from above. As Corydoras spend much of their
time sifting through the substrate, keeping the substrate very
clean is essential to maintaining the health of their delicate
barbels. Appreciates well-filtered, well-oxygenated water with
a mild current.
Excellent for both species-only and peaceful community
tanks. C. brevirostris is most confident as part of a shoal of
at least 6, keeping a ratio of 1 male to 1 female. Ideal for dwarf
cichlid communities as well as communities that include: anabantoids,
danios, livebearers, otos and other small catfish and small tetras.
Good for all – Some experience required.
The species name of this stunning and rare fish,
“brevirostris” means small snout or muzzle in Latin.