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Corydoras eques, Steindachner, 1877

Origin: Brazil, Amazonas, Rio Amazonas in the vicinity of Codajas.

Etymology: equus(L.): a horse

Synonyms: Osteogaster eques

First European import: 1865, by the Thayer expedition.

Description: See picture, very colorful species, that deserves more attention.

Care: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:22-24 degrees.

Feeding: Omnivorous, all food is accepted.

Size: up to 5.5 cm.

pH: 6.5-7.5

Breeding: Unknown, probably similar as other Corydoras species.

Sexual dimorphism:Unk, similar to other Corydoras species

Prices:Unk

Additional: A really beautiful species, rarely available, and sometimes C. aeneus are labelled eques(see picture on the left, debatable whether the fish are actually C. eques.

Picture references: All pictures: E. Naus

References:Lambourne, D. ((1995): Corydoras catfish, An Aquarist's Handbook. Blandford, London, UK.

 

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