Peppered Cory Cat


The Peppered Cory Cat comes from the tributaries of larger river systems in South America, and is a peaceful bottom dwelling scavenger. The Peppered Cory Cat has black and dark green spots, with a white underside.

The Peppered Cory Cat requires a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding places that provide relief from the light. A smooth sand or gravel substrate is needed because of the easily damaged barbels. They enjoy being in numbers, so a small school of six or more is ideal for these cats.

Breeding the Peppered Cory Cat is achieved by keeping a number of these cats together and allowing them to pair off. After spawning, the breeding pair should be separated from the eggs, or the eggs transferred to another system. The fry become waterborne in approximately 5 days, at which time, they should be fed baby brine shrimp and crushed flake food.

The Peppered Cory Cat is omnivorous and will require a well-balanced diet including freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, sinking catfish pellets, flake food, frozen, and live foods. Feed a quality flake and pellet food as well as frozen brine and live worms.

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Gloria August 18, 2008 at 7:09 am

I bought some of these last year. Right now I only have one left, as 5 of them died for some unknown reason. The one I have is in a 125 gallon tank and he seems to be fine by himself – he’s been alone for several months now. I’d like to get him a few companions but I never see them around anymore. I have a picture of him at:

Lynn January 4, 2010 at 7:04 am

These are great bottom feeders. I have two in my 20 gallon tank mine are only about 2 inches long. Will be about 2.5 fully grown. Also have 3 Chinese Alge eaters but there is no conflict between the two and the tank stays nice and clean. No special food needed both are scavengers and clean up after the flake and broken up crisp food I use for my other fish. Even with their dark apearance they are amazingly iridesent. Silver/green accents as they swim… very nice.

Cons — NONE.

simon bailey February 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I have 3 of these wonderful fish now in my 32 gallon tank and they are terrific bottom feeders. They are very communial fish and very easy to keep from a first time perspective. They swim together and are very playful enjoying eachothers company. 4 or more are ideal at keeping the tank clean and free of debris.

CONS: none to mention

Mira April 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I have one right now (I don’t have room for an entire school of them – I wish!). He shares a tank with my female guppies, and they get along swimmingly (pun intended). He cleans up their messes and uneaten food, which is wonderful since guppies poop a lot! He is hyper and full of energy, and doesn’t just hang out on the bottom, but swims around the middle of the tank as well. I highly recommend these fish, as they seem to make great additions to any tank.

Vince September 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I bought my peppered cory cat named eddie (after iron maidens mascot, because he is a trooper!) about 2 months ago and he is doing an awesome job at keeping my 20gallon tank clean hes energetic and has doubled in size since i got him (just about an inch to 2 inches). Love this fish and i hope that he lives a long life. Overall good fish keeps things clean and is fun to watch when he swims around with my tetras =) great fish recommend to anyone starting off who needs a resiliant and awesome fish.

Rick June 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I have one of these 2 bronze corys , 2 sterbai an i can honestly say im in love with corys. Such a happy little fish!!.

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