Black Venezuelan Corydora are a peaceful and striking little catfish species. There is much confusion as to whether it’s scientific name is Corydoras Aenus, or Corydoras Schultzei. C. Schultzei has long been considered a synonym of C. Aenus, but recent debate suggests that the two species should be seperated. Despite the name they are a captive bred strain that originated in Germany in the 1990’s. There are several other colour morphs of this species, including Albino, Gold Laser and more!
The Black Venezuelan Cory is a truly striking species; the body is a rich black, and the fins and tail are a dark red hue.
Black Venezuelan Corydora do best on a fine substrate, either sand or micro gravel. Corydoras will root around in substrate looking for food, so sharp substrates can damage the barbels at the front of their mouths. Other décor is largely down to personal taste. Areas of cover will provide security, resulting in more outgoing and active fish.
Corydoras thrive best in clean water with stable parameters, and a pH of between 6.5-7.2 is ideal.
Black Venezuelan Corydora are not the easiest to sex, especially when young. Females tend to be bigger and are rounder and broader-bodied than males, which stay smaller and slimmer. If wanting to breed corydroas, a ratio of one female to two males is ideal. Corydora are a shoaling catfish, and thrive best in groups of 5 or more.
Black Venezuelan Corydora Feeding Requirements
Black Venezuelan Corydora are omnivorous in diet and will eagerly accept dried, frozen, and live foods. A good quality protein-based tablet or granule is ideal as a staple diet, supplemented with frozen food enriched with garlic and vitamins. This will ensure good health and vibrant colours. Live food, especially tubifex and bloodworm always goes down well too!
Here at the Abyss Aquatic Warehouse, we believe in only providing the best for our customers. All of our fish are fed a varied diet of dried and frozen foods. Also, we ensure they are in perfect condition before they are shipped out.