Corydoras guapore Knaack,
his pretty little Cory was first collected by Harald Schultz in
the Rondõnia area of Brazil in the main streams of the upper
Rio Guapore and was thus named after this river by Jocham Knaack
It is as with many Corydoras, inoffensive
in the aquarium and will tend to shoal in the middle layers
of the tank much like C. pygmaes
and C. hastatus so
it would be better with its own kind in a group
to make it feel more secure in its surroundings.
There are three Corydoras that are similar to C.
guapore, being C. caudimaculatus, C. ourastigma and
C.similis. C. caudimaculatus is a more stockier looking fish
with many spots on the body, C. ourastigma has an elongated
snout and a larger blotch on the caudal peduncle and C.similis
has a metalic blue/green body colouration and has a fainter blotch
to its caudal peduncle. As you can see in the
top picture that guapore has also a distint body shape
and large eye. Also
similar to C. cruziensis
and C. mamore.
Corydoras caudimaculatus |
Will do best in a group of about
6 in a planted tank with hiding places and a soft substrate
such as sand or a smooth gravel base. Filtration is a
personal choice with either internal or external power filters
with a good water flow.
It is not the easiest Corydoras to find in the aquatic
shops and not the cheapest either, but if you can afford it and
have the tank space, it is one of the nicest looking cory's around,
and you could maybe be one of the few to spawn this species.
Head short and compact. Large eyes. Shaped
more in common with the dwarf Cory's such as C. pygmaes and
Sandy coloured body, can turn to a orange/yellow
when in good condition with very fine spots. Blackish/blue blotch
to caudal peduncle. Adipose fin with black blotch to rear. Dorsal
fin with spotted bands. Caudal fin with noticeable banding, of 8
to 10 rows of spots.
This is akin to most of this genus, very peaceful,
and would be best housed with small to medium tankmates such as
Tetras Rasboras and Danios.
Not been bred as often as some other Corydoras
but keeping up the water changes regularly will hopefully entice
them to show an interest in breeding. There is an article
where there has been success with this species on ScotCat.
Can be fed most aquarium fare such as good
quality flake, grindel and white worm, tablet foods and frozen foods
such as bloodworm. Also keen on Brine Shrimp Naupli.
Cory = helmeted;
doras = leathery skin,(helmeted
Named after Rio Guapore, where this Corydoras was collected.
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