Orange Aeneus Corydoras - "venezuelanus"
Corydoras venezuelanus “Orange”
Native Location: Orinoco River, Venezuela
Size: 6.5cm (2.6”) with Females being larger
Temperament: Community friendly and prefer to be kept in groups.
Diet: Omnivorous and will sift through the substrate for food. Readily accepts dry catfish pellets, frozen bloodworm and similar foods that can reach the substrate.
Temperature Range: 19-25 ℃ (66-77 ℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.8-7.8
Minimum Aquarium size: For a small group of six, a minimum of 60l is advised. For larger groups provide more open space to observe natural schooling behaviour.
Potential Tank mates: Angelfish, Discus, most small tetras and plecos.
Care Level: Easy
Like all other Corydoras, the Venezuela ‘orange’ is a social and friendly dwarf catfish. We always advise to keep a group with as many Corydoras as your aquarium will allow. When in groups, they are more relaxed and confident. You will see much more natural behaviour when in groups.
The Corydoras are natural substrate sifters and seem to spend all day rummaging through the bottom of the aquarium in search of some food. For this reason, we highly recommend avoiding gravel and instead, soft silica sand with leaf litter to cover the base of your aquarium. Not only does this look amazing, it also protects your Corydoras gills from being damaged as the substrate filters through them. A soft acidic aquarium with plants and lots of wood will create a natural looking setup and by far the best environment.
As mentioned above, feeding your Corydoras is not difficult. They will accept all foods that arrive on the substrate. Dry catfish tablets with ingredients such as cucumber, spirulina and quality protein ingredients are best. Occasionally treating them to live bloodworm or brine shrimp is advised in order to provide a balanced and healthy diet.
Breeding in the home aquarium is achievable. Add the pair to a breeding tank of their own. By performing a water change with cooler water, this simulates the rainy season which will “get them in the mood”. Eggs are deposited on the surface of leaves, aquarium rocks or even the aquarium glass. Eggs can be susceptible to fungus so adding an anti fungal treatment to the aquarium at this point could help. Fry will be visible after 5-6 days and will accept powdered flake food initially then brine shrimp (newly hatched) until large enough to share the parents food.