|| Corydoras diphyes
||Adult male: Up to 1.78 inches (4.5 cm).
||SOUTH AMERICA: Tributaries of the Rio Monday and Rio Acaray, and right bank tributaries of Rio Parana, Paraguay.
|Min Tank Size:
||Shoal of 3 – 6: 15 gallons (56.78 liters) or larger.
|Min Shoal Size:
||Shoal of 6. Due to this fish's rarity, a shoal of
6 may not be possible. In which case a shoal of the greatest number
of fish available is recommended.
||OMNIVORE: njoys a varied diet of live or frozen bloodworm, brine shrimp, daphnia, grindal worm, tubifex and white worm as well as flakes, granules and sinking tablets.
||Temperature of 64 to 72°F (18 to 22°C), pH 6 to
7.0, 2-13° dH. Water should be very clean and high in dissolved oxygen.
||Moderate. This Corydora prefers cooler than normal tropical conditions (something that needs to be kept in mind regarding both plants and tankmates.) A planted tank with floating plants, driftwood and a sandy substrate helps replicate their native environment.
||Non-competitive tankmates such as small characins, cyprinids, danios and small catfish would comprise a peaceful community. A ratio of one male to one female C. diphyes is recommended.
||Some experience required.
||The Otocinclus mimulus mimicks the appearance of C. diphyes, a strategy believed to help evade a shared predator, possibly the cichlid Crenicichla lepidota. What makes this so unusual is that the two fish live in different microhabitats.