Putting Different Cories Together - Page 2
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Catfish » Putting Different Cories Together

Putting Different Cories Together

This is a discussion on Putting Different Cories Together within the Catfish forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Ok so let me get this right, because I want to add cories to my 55g tank too. My LFS had cories labeled as ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Adolfo's Cory
Adolfo's Cory
Oto Catfish
Oto Catfish
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Putting Different Cories Together
Old 03-05-2010, 01:05 PM   #11
 
LisaC144's Avatar
 
Ok so let me get this right, because I want to add cories to my 55g tank too. My LFS had cories labeled as "green aeneus". Is this the same thing as "bronze cory"? I want bronze cory because I keep my temp around 79 degrees for my Angels and read that bronze cories are suitable for 79 degrees. I've searched the internet and couldn't find anything regarding if they are actuallythe same species. Instead of starting a new thread, I'll ask in this one
LisaC144 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2010, 10:34 PM   #12
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LisaC144 View Post
Ok so let me get this right, because I want to add cories to my 55g tank too. My LFS had cories labeled as "green aeneus". Is this the same thing as "bronze cory"? I want bronze cory because I keep my temp around 79 degrees for my Angels and read that bronze cories are suitable for 79 degrees. I've searched the internet and couldn't find anything regarding if they are actually the same species. Instead of starting a new thread, I'll ask in this one
This is precisely why I do not like common names. The same fish can be called several different names, or the same name can apply to several different (sometimes quite different) species.

If the fish is a true Corydoras, it is probably C. aeneus if it is called either green or bronze--I say probably, not definitely. There is also Brochis splendens, almost identical in colour but grows a bit larger.

Just for interest, I just did a Google on "green cory" and images; I can tell immediately that there are photos of Brochis splendens and Corydoras aeneus all mixed in, and all labeled "green cory cat" or some such nonsense. Pointless using common name, we all need to learn the true names of the fish we have in our tanks so everyone knows what we are talking about. Anyway, there's my soapbox rant for this evening.

Photo below of C. aeneus (top) and B. splendens (middle). The photo on our Profile for "Bronze Cory" is C. aeneus, a somewhat different variation. This species is very variable due to its wide distribution, but all bear a fairly recognizable similarity once you know the species. It also contains several very different forms, the gold stripe Peru, Black stripe, Green Stripe, Red Stripe--there we go again, more common names--but this is a bit more accurate because these fish are probably all C. aeneus though quite different colour and pattern variants each unique [termed endemic] to certain distinct creeks and streams mainly in the Peruvian Amazon basin. Unless my memory is escaping me at the moment, the variants have not been described as distinct species, though I have read authorities who believe they may be. It is possibly something akin to the variants of the so-called "adolfoi" clan of corys. Corydoras adolfoi was discovered in 198_ something, then a mimic but with a longer snout was discovered and named C. imitator for obvious reasons [latin imitator is in this case coincidentally the English word imitator]. Then Dr. Sands found two more near-identical species, which he named C. duplicareus [= to duplicate] and C. serratus [from its serrated pectoral fin spine] in adjoining creeks. The thinking is that the various similarly-patterned and coloured species evolved individually in separate consecutive creeks from the same original fish. We can only marvel at such magnificience in nature. Incidentally, in my view C. duplicareus is one of the most beautiful and striking corys, I have a group of five, photo 3 below just for fun. I adore this little fish, ever since I was priviledged to get the first five imported in 1996, a couple years after Dr. Sands found them and they were first described and photographed in the July 1996 issue of FAMA.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Corydoras aeneus.jpg (44.1 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg Brochis splendens.jpg (26.1 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg Corydoras duplicareus2.jpg (44.6 KB, 24 views)

Last edited by Byron; 03-05-2010 at 10:46 PM..
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2010, 12:36 PM   #13
 
LisaC144's Avatar
 
Wow, your cory is very unique and pretty. The one at my LFS looked more like photo 1, but I can't be 100%. In my other thread, you said the one cory I have is probably C. Sodalis. Since they are difficult to find, I'm trying to find a similar breed that he may shoal with. Since he is my only cory (had bad luck with them in the beginning and he is my lone survivor) I think a shoal of any cory at this point would be beneficial for the one survivor I have left.
LisaC144 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2010, 12:54 PM   #14
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LisaC144 View Post
Wow, your cory is very unique and pretty. The one at my LFS looked more like photo 1, but I can't be 100%. In my other thread, you said the one cory I have is probably C. Sodalis. Since they are difficult to find, I'm trying to find a similar breed that he may shoal with. Since he is my only cory (had bad luck with them in the beginning and he is my lone survivor) I think a shoal of any cory at this point would be beneficial for the one survivor I have left.
Yes, rather than a lone cory, a couple of other corys even if a different species would be preferable. I had a lone C. duplicareus for some months, and he used to chum around with the C. panda out of preference (may have something to do with some similarity in the black head band) and now that he has companions of his own species he pokes around with them or on his own.

With the "green" or "bronze" cory, the true Corydoras has a smaller dorsal fin, only 8 rays. The Brochis splendens has 10-12 rays so a longer dorsal, long meaning extending along the dorsal ridge, almost to the adipose fin; this feature is quite readily discernable so should avoid confusion of genera.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2010, 01:21 PM   #15
 
LisaC144's Avatar
 
I see what you are saying from the picture. Will it make a difference which one I get? Is one hardier over the other? I know my LFS had them in stock, but I am going to check one other place in the area for something like the sterbai cory. It's more attactive to me.
LisaC144 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2010, 01:39 PM   #16
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LisaC144 View Post
I see what you are saying from the picture. Will it make a difference which one I get? Is one hardier over the other? I know my LFS had them in stock, but I am going to check one other place in the area for something like the sterbai cory. It's more attactive to me.
There are so many corys, I find the common C. aeneus somewhat uninteresting, perhaps because it is "common." It is a bit smaller than Brochis splendens, so that bears on bioload and appearance, but otherwise, both are hardy, peaceful, typical "cory" type catfish. Brochis has a blunter stockier look, being taller as well as longer.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2010, 05:18 PM   #17
 
LisaC144's Avatar
 
So I stopped in the LFS today. In stock they had the peppered cory and albino cory. My tank is kept aat 79 degrees. Will one fare over the other due to temperature. The only reason I'm leaning towards the peppered corymore is because they look a little more like my C. Sodalis than the albino's (obviously). Any suggestions?
LisaC144 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2010, 06:43 PM   #18
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I like the peppered (C. paleatus) as a cory, it was the first cory I ever had back in my childhood. As for which cory would be best with your C. sodalis, I can't say; I've never experiemented with individual corys, any observbations I might have as with my one C. duplicareus are just accidental due to circumstances. I know the panda and similis in my 90g never shoal together, only with their own species, but others have I think mentioned pandas mixing in, so who can say.

PM FishinPole about that store he uses, not sure how close it may be, but worth a drive if not too far. They might have some neat corys in stock.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2010, 08:34 PM   #19
 
LisaC144's Avatar
 
Thanks, Byron. I'll do that now.
LisaC144 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Help putting my equipment together phongt86 Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 6 02-28-2010 09:33 AM
Putting your hand in water CoffeeMan Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 6 01-05-2010 11:19 AM
more cories or more types of cories? iceprizm Catfish 7 04-18-2009 12:38 PM
Putting together my new tank Monsterpony Freshwater Journals 9 04-13-2008 04:05 AM


Tags
albino, catfish, cory, corydoras, species

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:44 AM.