01-18-2012, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by muse435
Thanks Byron. I just got back from a "real" fish store (all they do is fish) and talked for a while with a worker and went with four panda corys. I plan on adding some more down the road. The bag is floating now and my hybrid drip method is about to begin.
Does anyone have any thoughts on laser corys?
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The various laser stripe corys (there is a gold, orange, green, black that I am aware of, possibly more) were initially believed to be variants of the species Corydoras aeneus. Some ichthyologists question this, believing these may be one or more distinct species; as far as I know, this has yet to be resolved. I note Planet Catfish has used a C number, but refers to C. aeneus.
C. aeneus has a very large distribution, over more than half the South American continent from the La Plata basin in northern Argentina up through every country and even onto Trinidad. In nature, this often results in geographic variations within the species, and evolution of a new species may occur. The laser stripe forms are mainly coming from Venezuela and Peru. They are being bred in aquaria, so you may encounter commercially-raised fish. If the fish is wild caught, attention should be paid to the water parameters; while this species is clearly versatile, adapting to different water parameters within so vast a natural range, this is a natural selection process and does not mean that a wild-caught fish can easily adapt quickly.
I had a few of the gold laser fish many years ago.