Corydoras hastatus, commonly known as the Tail-spot Dwarf Corydoras Catfish, is a very rare freshwater species that will make your aquarium a real point of envy! There are other species which closely resemble this fish, and some unscrupulous dealers often pass off these look-alikes as "hastatus" but don't be fooled. These are absolutely the real deal, and we walked on hot coals to get them sent up from South America. This rare and diminutive catfish is native to the Rio Guaporé basin in South America and it is much-prized for its small size, distinctive markings, and amiable nature. Understanding its characteristics and specific care requirements is crucial for creating a thriving aquarium environment for these delightful fish.
One of the key features that make Corydoras hastatus stand out is the small spots near its tail, located on the caudal peduncle. This characteristic gives the species its common name and adds to its visual appeal. The fish typically grows to around 1 inch, making it well-suited for smaller aquarium setups. It is a true dwarf cory catfish, and will remain tiny. While its size may be modest, the Tail-spot Dwarf Corydoras is known for its social behavior. Keeping them in groups of at least six individuals is recommended, as they thrive in the company of their own kind. They will school together in the water column and chase each other back and forth playfully.
Creating an ideal habitat for Corydoras hastatus involves replicating its natural environment. A tank of at least 10 gallons with a sandy substrate is recommended, as these bottom-dwelling catfish enjoy sifting through the substrate in search of food. Additionally, providing hiding places like plants and decorations mimics their natural habitat and helps alleviate stress. Maintaining a stable water temperature between 72°F to 79°F is essential for their well-being. Keep any predatory or aggressive species away from them as these tiny catfish cannot defend themselves.
Diet plays a crucial role in the health of Tail-spot Dwarf Corydoras. These catfish are omnivores, and a varied diet is essential for their nutritional needs. High-quality tiny sinking pellets for catfish, flakes, and live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp should be part of their diet. Feeding should be done in moderation to prevent overeating and to ensure a balanced nutritional intake.
Breeding Corydoras hastatus in captivity can be a rewarding experience for aquarium enthusiasts. Providing suitable spawning sites, such as broad-leaved plants or flat surfaces, encourages the female to lay eggs. The eggs are typically laid on the aquarium glass or on plant leaves. Once the eggs hatch, the fry should be fed small, live foods to support their growth.
The Tail-spot Dwarf Corydoras Catfish is a delightful addition to freshwater aquariums. Its small size, distinctive markings, and social behavior make it a favorite among aquarists. By recreating their natural habitat, maintaining proper water conditions, and offering a varied and nutritious diet, enthusiasts can ensure the well-being and longevity of these charming catfish in the aquarium setting. These fish do not ship individually bagged.
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