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post #1 of 13 Old 10-13-2011, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Identify Me! A type of sucker fish?

Hello there,

About two months ago I bought this sucker fish of some sort. I was looking for a small algae eater that wouldn't grow larger than 2-3 inches. I saw this little guy (he was a little smaller then) and picked him because he was smaller than the other of his kind I saw. The associate did not know what species he was and there was no tag for him. I know it was a silly idea to buy him if I didn't know anything about him but from what he looked he wasn't a clown pleco or a pleco in general but I could be wrong.

Can anyone identify what he/she is? I have provided a picture. I currently have a fluval edge 6gal tank.
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-13-2011, 10:14 PM
Its some species of cory, difficult to say what (but I'm pretty bad with IDing cories).

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post #3 of 13 Old 10-13-2011, 11:43 PM
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Looks like a Peppered Cory (Corydoras Paleatus).

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post #4 of 13 Old 10-14-2011, 07:20 AM
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Definately a cory and they do not eat algae. He would be much better with some tank mates as corys are a shoaling fish.

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post #5 of 13 Old 10-14-2011, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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I've looked at a website that listed something about 50 types of cories and none of them look like him. He's a darkish brown color, had darker spots on him and he has greenish metallic scales of some sort.

He is the only cory but has tankmates. That's strange....I've been feeding him algae disks because that's what the store told me to feed him. What should I be feeding him then? Oh, and you mean he's a schooling* fish.

I would upload a video but it won't let me ;P

In the tank:

2 Grown Mollies; Male (silver) Female (orange)
6 of their babies, one of which is larger than the rest @ 1.5 months old. (They were housed in a 1gal tank until about a week ago. They all have homes for when they get too big in about 1.5 months).
1 "Cory"
1 Mystery Snail
2 ADF's (African Dwarf Frogs)

That's it. :)
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-14-2011, 08:04 PM
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I agree that its a Corydoras paleatus (peppered cory, salt and pepper cory). I've seen some color variations in these. This is the darker type like yours, yes?
On this page you can see that there is some variance in color intensity. The last pic looks most like yours, I think.

Of course, a lot of the Corydoras can be difficult to distinguish from each other unless you're crazy experienced, which I'm not. But still, based on looks and availability, I'd bet its a peppered. (Who's a pepper? I'm a pepper!)

He would love (and needs) to have some more of his own kind. Cories are super social and need at least 5 of a kind if you've only one type, or at least 3 of each kind if you have multiple types of cories. Also, its ridiculously cute how excited they get to meet other peppered cories! I know you have a small space, so having any cories might not work for you.

You should read the Tropical Fish Profile for him (click on grey shaded name or use navigational bar at the top of the bag). You'll get info on his water parameters needs (which are very different than your livebearers), substrate needs, diet, etc. But, since your space is small, if you can't provide for him in either care, water parameters, or getting him peppered friends, I would suggest returning him. But, if you provide him with what he needs, then welcome to the world of corydoras! I think you'll love them!

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post #7 of 13 Old 10-14-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah! That's definitely him! I picked him because he was darker than most of them too :P 5 or more! That's a lot! I've had him for two months now by himself :/ I thought he'd be fine since algae eaters seem to only need one in a tank (but since he's not an algae eater). I'm afraid I'd probably only have room in the tank for 1 more cory and that's pushing it :/ I feel so bad now. He's so cute XD
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post #8 of 13 Old 10-14-2011, 08:36 PM
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I know, right?! Cories are one of my two favorite fish. For me, I can't imagine having a tank without them! Painfully cute. And I just love how they "wink" at me!

Whichever way you go, good luck!

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post #9 of 13 Old 10-14-2011, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Now what? :S And a video!

Would it be alright to get just one more Cory?
Here is a video I just uploaded of my tank. It was shot last night on my old digital camera so it's quite dark and fuzzy.

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post #10 of 13 Old 10-14-2011, 09:31 PM
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Well... it wouldn't be ideal, socially. What are your water parameters?

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