Corydoras atropersonatus, Weitzmann & Nijssen, 1970
Origin:South-America, Ecuador, Pastaza, Rio Conambo, Rio Tigre, and Rio Shione Yacu. Peru, Loreto, Rio Nanay and Rio Ampiyacu.
Etymology: Atropersonatus means black mask.
First import:R. Ollala, 1960.
Description:Black mask over the eye, a few larger spots on the body. C.sychri seems to have more smalller spots.
Care:A 60 cm tank with good filtration, especially for newly imported fish the waterquality should be very good, soft and slightly acidic.. If fully used to the environment they are less susceptible to pollution and can be kept in harder water.. Very active fish.
Feeding:Will eat all normal food.
Size:Males 4.0, females 5.0 cm
pH: 6.0-7.0 Hardness: 3-15
Breeding: 60 cm tank, with low waterlevel. After a cold shock the animals will spawn. Very clean water is required by the fish. Chopped earthworms will get them into breeding condition. One female can lay up to a 100 eggs, eggeaters! Eggs will hatch in 3-4 days(at 24 degrees), and the fry will be freeswimming two days later.
Sexual dimorphism:Males are shorter and smaller than the females.
Prices:Netherlands:4-5 Euro for normal fish.
is a picture found on the web marked as atropersonatus, but it has so many spots
that it could well be a C. sychri.Size of the spots otoh would indicate atropersonatus.
Many books show fish with smaller and less spots as atropersonatus.It is better
to look at the body shape.(see below).
References:Lambourne, D. ((1995): Corydoras catfish, An Aquarist's Handbook. Blandford, London, UK.Hierronimus, H. (1997): Ihr Hobby: Corydoras Pantzerwelse. Bede Verlag, Ruhmannsfelden, Germany.
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