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Scientific Name Corydoras sp. (C089)   
Common Names C089
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass
Etymology Cory = helmet, doras = skin. In this case it was incorrectly used to mean armour (cuirasse) instead of skin in allusion to the dual rows of plates that run along the flanks of this genus. 
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Size 50mm or 2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Corydoras are identified by their twin rows of armour plates along the flanks and by having fewer than 10 dorsal fin rays. They are most commonly confused with the other genera in the sub-family, namely Brochis, Scleromystax and Aspidoras.

Females are reminiscent of C. aeneus; they are coloured comparatively unattractively and sport only a dark shaped blotch on a brownish background. On the other hand the smaller males (about 35 mm) are rather attractive coloured with their dark longitudinal stripes and the metallic shine. The colouration is a little bit reminiscent of Aspidoras virgulatus. It would appear to be a member of the Corydoras elegans group because of, like you can see, the short and rounded portion of the head. Moreover we know (with some exceptions) that within this group of callichthyids, that the males and females are differently coloured.
Sexing See ID Notes.
General Remarks It seems to be a hardy species that certainly enriches the aquarium trade with its nice colouration.
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pH 6.0 - 7.2
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Feeding Will accept a wide range of commercial foods including tablets, granules and flakes. Live (or frozen) foods such as bloodworm, white worm, grindal worm, Daphnia and tubifex are readily accepted.
Furniture Shade provided by overhanging rock work, arching bogwood, tall or floating plants are all that is required. Ideally substrate should be sand, but rounded gravel is an imperfect alternative. Avoid keeping over rough edged (chipped) gravel, this will increase this risk of damage the fishes barbels when it tries to dig.
Compatibility Peaceful.
Suggested Tankmates All Corydoras should be kept in groups of at least 6 of the same species. Otherwise compatible with most other types of fish that are reasonably peaceful, as long as they don't see a Corydoras as a snack.
Breeding This species has been bred (at least twice) in Germany.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Last Update 2006 Nov 25 04:45 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)