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Corydoras pygmaeus Knaack, 1966

Image contributors to this species:

Danny Blundell (1) Allan James (2) Jonas Hansel (3) Chris Ralph (1) Graham Ramsay (1) Joost Schuitemaker (1) Reinhold Wawrzynski (1) Yann Fulliquet (2) Alan Pinkerton (1) John Bradley (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

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Relevant Information:

A must have species if you are a keen Corydoras keeper. Females grow larger than the males. Aquarium Care: Will do best in a small species only tank or kept with small tankmates such as small tetras and dwarf rasboras. C.pygmaeus is a bit like C. hastatus in that it likes to shoal in midwater and as such should be kept in a group of at least six. Substrate can be of fine sand and plants such as java moss and java fern can be used alongside rockwork for further effect. If kept in a species tank for breeding, a fine substrate, java moss and a sponge filter would suffice with weekly 50% water changes to keep the water pure. Diet: Small foods such as microworm, grindal worm, good quality flake and tablets. Frozen foods such as bloodworm.

Common Name:

Pygmy Cory






South America: Brazil : Tributaries of the Rio Madeira, near Calama. Ecuador : Tributaries of  the Rio Aguarico. Peru : Rio Nanay, west  of the city of Iquitos. Type locality: einem Nebenfluß des Rio Madeira (Brasilien).


Male: 2.5cm ( 1ins) Female: 3cm (1¼ins)


22-26°C (71-79°F)


6.0 -7.2.


ScotCat Factsheet no. 157. July 2009



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