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Corydoras burgessi, Axelrod, 1987

Origin: Barzil, Amazonas, Rio Unini(sidestream from Rio Negro)

Etymology: Dedicated to Dr. Warren E. Burgess.

Synonyms:

First import: Adolfo Schwartz first collected these fish.

Description: See picture. Similar to Corydoras adolfoi, although the orange on the head is less, and the black dorsal region is only found just beneath the dorsal fin, whereas in C. adolfoi it extends towards the caudal fin.

Care: Can be kept a bit warmer than other Corydoras, otherwise a really easy fish to keep, suitable for the community tank. They should be kept in schools of 6 or more, and the tank shouldn't be too small. A 60 cm species tank, or a larger community tank will suffice. A sandy soil, or rounded gravel, with some hiding places like caves, plants and or driftwood are necessary.

Temperature: 24-26 degrees.

Feeding:described to be a li*&*&*&*&*&*v

Size: Up to 6 cm.

pH: 6.0-7.5

Breeding: If the fish are in breeding condition, a cold water change will usually initiate spawning. The water shouldn't be too hard or alkaline. A female will lay up to 40 eggs, which will hatch in 4-5 days at a temperature of 24 degrees. The fry will be free swimming 2-3 days later, and can immediately be fed artemia nauplii.

Sexual dimorphism: Females are fuller than the males, and larger.

Prices: 6-8€

Additional: Several similar species have been described, Corydoras adolfoi, C. duplicareus, C. imitator, C. crypticus, C. virginiae.

Picture references:Picture 1: E. Naus

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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