Salt and Pepper Cory

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Description of the Salt and Pepper Cory

The Salt and Pepper Cory is also known as the Peppered Cat. It is a perfect aquarium fish for the beginner, a hardy and peaceful species. Unlike most species of catfish, it is active during the day eating any leftover food which sinks to the bottom of the tank. Ensure the substrate is sand as the Cory's sensitive barbels will get damaged on a gravel substrate.

Popular Name: Salt and Pepper Cory
Species: Corydoras paleatus

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Salt and Pepper Cory

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Profile of the Salt and Pepper Cory
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Salt and Pepper Cory species.

  • Size: Up to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 6.0 to 7.0. Temp 20 to 26 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae Wafers, Frozen or Dried Food particularly Bloodworms

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Habitat: Sandy River Beds

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish, keep in groups of around six

  • Range: Amazon River Basin: Uruguay, Brazil

 

Scientific Classification of the Salt and Pepper Cory
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Corydoras paleatus

  • Popular Name: Salt and Pepper Cory

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Siluriformes

  • Family: Callichthyidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Salt and Pepper Cory?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Salt and Pepper Cory slimy?
Salt and Pepper Cory secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Salt and Pepper Cory to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Salt and Pepper Cory have gills?
Gills enable the Salt and Pepper Cory to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Salt and Pepper Cory have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Salt and Pepper Cory has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Salt and Pepper Cory has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Salt and Pepper Cory has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Salt and Pepper Cory has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Salt and Pepper Cory

Salt and Pepper Cory

  • Interesting Information about Salt and Pepper Cory

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Salt and Pepper Cory slimy?

  • Why do the Salt and Pepper Cory have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Salt and Pepper Cory have fins?

  • Species: Corydoras paleatus

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