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shaharwin 12-05-2009 03:52 AM

help identify the fish
hi everyone iam sorry if this isnt the right place to post this...
but anyway it will be a great help if anyone could identify this kind of fish

i want to buy them but iam not sure for their name, if anyone could help ill be very thankful

molliefan09 12-05-2009 09:01 AM

from the pic it lookslike it could be some sort of corydora cat fish

molliefan09 12-05-2009 09:03 AM

check out this site with photo Pygmy Cory Cat - Corydoras pygmaeus

Romad 12-05-2009 10:52 AM

It's hard to tell bc the fish in the pic. are too small to see clearly. Any chance you can get a closer shot of them? My first thought is some kind of tetra.

teddyzaper 12-05-2009 11:08 AM

i thought it looks like an oto catfiish, if so they need well established tanks and even then they have a bigger chance of dyeing then other fish

Mikaila31 12-05-2009 02:55 PM

They look exactly like pygmy cories to me.

molliefan09 12-05-2009 03:35 PM

after looking at the photo in the link i put above.....i couldnt agree more that it looks like a pygmy corydora

Byron 12-06-2009 10:37 AM

Corydoras pygmaeus without question. As this fish is new to you, I would like to offer some suggestions from my experience keeping this little gem for more than 15 years.

First, they are extremely sensitive to water parameters and water quality and any changes, as from the store tank to your aquarium. They are one of the most sensitive corydoras species. However, they are well worth the effort because they are also one of the most active and interesting species in that genus.

Before buying them, make sure your tank is established, not new. They never do well in new aquaria (set up less than 2-3 months). If your tank is fully cycled and has been running well and the water parameters are consistent, they will be fine when introduced. They prefer soft and slightly acidic water, as in their native habitat, but they adapt to slightly basic water provided it is stable.

They do not tolerate chemicals or medications well, so be careful if you need to use any of these. All Corydoras are sensitive to medications, and to salt which is totally foreign to them.

They must be in groups, five or more would be best, but never just one; they are social, as are all corys. I currently have a group of nine in my 90g flooded Amazon forest tank. I only see all of them at feeding time (they learn quickly), but the rest of the day they can be seen usually in groups of 2 or 3, sometimes alone, sometimes 5-6 together in play, constantly scurrying over every plant leaf looking for bits of food. They are much more active mid-water than on the substrate, unlike most of the larger Corydoras species.


shaharwin 12-09-2009 03:24 PM

thank you all for your help
but i think Corydoras pygmaeus is the right one...

Fusion MK 12-11-2009 06:57 PM

They are either Pygmy Corydoras or Dwarf Corydoras; both are quite rare to find in stores. Where did you get them?

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