SOUTH AMERICA: Upper Orinoco river basin and coastal
rivers in Suriname. May also extend into Columbia.
Min Tank Size:
20 gallons (75 liters) or larger.
Min Shoal Size:
Best in groups of six or more.
OMNIVORE: Enjoys live or frozen bloodworms, glass
worms and white worms as well as algae wafers and sinking catfish
pellets. In nature it feeds on worms, benthic crustaceans, insects
and plant larvae, so brine shrimp, daphnia and grindal worms might
also be options.
Temperature of 70 to 77°F (21 to 25°C),
pH 6 to 8.0, 2-25° dH
Easy. For a substrate choose either a soft sand
or a rounded, small-grained gravel to protect it's sensitive barbels.
Caves, driftwood, tall or floating plants all provide excellent
cover and comfort. A moderate current is appreciated.
A peaceful and gregarious fish for peaceful community
tanks. Tankmates could include: cyprinids, rasboras, livebearers,
small catfish such as otos and tetras.
Good for all.
Corydoras: From the Greek—kory, helmet; doras, skin.
Osteocarus: From the Greek—osteon, bone; kara, head.