Top 5 Cory Catfish for Beginners



So in today’s video we’re going to be talking about the five best Corydoras for beginners. Now Corydoras, there are thousands of them, there’s actually like so many different types of Corydoras. You can get them in the wild. There are just so many ridiculous like there’s a lot of Corydoras on Amazon. Basically, this video is going to be aimed at beginners, who want to like pick out the easiest Corydoras to take care of, and also what I would recommend to a beginner who’s delving into the whole Corydoras world.

Because, most of the time when you get an aquarium, you’ll buy like guppies or neon tetras, or something like that, and then the Corydoras is kind of come after. Because what will happen? Are people have like that tank and they’ll be looking on the weekend or something like that to add something to the tank and it’ll be a Corydoras? So, basically, in today’s video, I’m going to give you guys, five really good beginner Corydoras that are easy to take care of basically bulletproof in my opinion, and I’m going to give you some quick information about each one of these Corydoras so make sure you stay around to the end of the video to get all the info.

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Kinds of Cory Catfish

Corydoras similis

Number five on my list is going to be the Corydoras similis. So this is the. This can also be called like the smudge spot. Cory these guys are a super super good beginner Corydoras, in my opinion, reasons being that I’ve actually had these guys in tanks where I’ve accidentally nuked the whole tank like had a big like ammonia spike, or something like that, and these guys did not suffer a single loss, despite losing all the other fish in the tank, which is very sad, I mean I’ll admit that I’ve made mistakes as a fish keeper and I’m never afraid to admit that. But these guys, i can tell you from personal experience, are very easy to take care of now. I don’t know the availability of these guys in certain areas that can be a little bit more pricey than some of your other types of Cories.

So, like your albinos and bronze, which we’ll talk about later on, these guys can be a little bit more pricey, but they are very beautiful now. These guys also have like that leopard kind of spotting on their body, but the reason they’re called a smudge spot Cory is that at the back of their tail they have like a smudge which is actually a violet color. So I don’t really often see violet colors on fish and that’s what makes this fish unique.

So these guys will have that they stay pretty small, they’re not huge Corydoras. They get about I’d say three inches max like they’re, not a big Cory at all, and that’s when they’re adults. So I’d recommend getting like six of these guys in a school. You don’t really want to get under that, because otherwise they will become a little bit nervous, and that goes for all of your Corydoras. You want to keep at least a score of six of these guys in like a 20-gallon tank and that’s what I recommend, because you’re gonna see them interact and behave properly and they’re not going to get nervous or anything like that, and you won’t have any stress deaths, but I’ve noticed behaviorally are one of the more nervous Corydoras, so you’re definitely going to want some did the fish in the aquarium.

Maybe some neons, like I said above or some little like mini rasboras, or something like that and they’re, going to absolutely love it, because I think it’s all okay to come out and they’re not going to be scared. So some do the fish won’t go astray. But these guys number five on my list. A beautiful Corydoras is Corydoras similis.

Corydoras Metae

Number four on my list is going to be the Corydoras metae. These guys are a new pickup for me. I actually haven’t had these guys for very long, but I can tell you from personal experience. These guys are also very easy to take care of. I’m just going to give you guys a quick disclaimer. All the Coriess in this video are going to love softer water. So you don’t want, like any African cichlid water you’re, going to want pretty soft Amazonian-like water. These guys are very similar to the panda Corydorasi.

They look very similar, like a lot of people, think they are the same. They’re not they’ve got different markings and basically, that’s what makes them different, but these guys look very cool. They look like a band which is how they got their name in a group of six of these guys. They do have some pretty cool behaviors, but they’re not like anything super outstanding. These guys aren’t that skittish uh from my experience and me keeping these guys for the past month or so they’re not like the seamless Corydoras which I was talking about before they are a little bit more outgoing.

They get around the aquarium a bit more and absolutely love things like tube effects, ones or black ones, and stuff like that or some little blood worms and things like that. They absolutely love but very easy to take care of I’d recommend this for someone who’s. Looking to get their second type of Corydoras, so I’d maybe start with like an albino Cory first and then I’d go to this one because this one can be a little bit more pricey and something that you don’t want to make a big mistake on because it can be sad for you, it can be sad for the fish and your bank account and everything like that.

So I’d recommend trying a super bulletproof cory before this one, but these ones are also easy to take care of, and a great next step for a lot of new beginners.

Corydoras trilineatus

Number three on my list is going to be the Corydoras trilineatus. So these guys can also be mistaken as a Julia Cory which I’ve made the mistake before as well. I bought these guys from the store thinking they were Julie eyes. They aren’t I’m gonna flash up a picture of a Juilliard here and a trillionaires here. They have a little bit of a different marking, but pretty much look the same, so these guys are called like the false julie again super super easy to take care of they’re in that middle bracket, so they’re not crazy, expensive, they’re more on like the cheaper side, But I can’t really tell you like the price of Corydoras, because they’re different everywhere, but they’re in that medium range, they’re, not as expensive as some other ones, but they’re more expensive than like an aeneus, or something like that super easy to take care of.

I haven’t had any trouble with these guys whatsoever caring for them. That’s super easy to take care of. Another thing is to these guys once they get a bit older, if you chuck like a spawning mop in the aquarium, they go like ballistic and they start to breed in it, and everything like that, so super easy cory to breed as well, and they pretty much breed by themselves, if you have them in like a tank with maybe some little neon tetras or something like that, they’ll probably be breeding in like a big community tank.

But you won’t be able to see the eggs because they normally get eaten straight away. So very cool Corydoras. They look really cool one of my favorite Corydoras. In fact, all these Corydoras in this video stay very small, so these guys aren’t an exception. They get maybe two or three inches, not big at all. You definitely want a school of over six for these guys.

Corydoras aeneus

Number two on my list is going to be the albino/bronze Cory. So these guys are the Corydoras aeneus. The reason I’ve made it like a slash is that they’re basically the same fish: they just have different markings, so there’s a bronze type and then there’s like an albino type and they look very similar. These guys are probably the easiest ones to take care of on this list. They’re super bulletproof they breed like crazy, but the reason I put them at second is because, in my opinion, they look boring the albino ones, kind of look a bit freaky, the bronze ones. Don’t look that crazy cool, but definitely the best beginner one, but the reason I put them at two is just because they don’t look as cool as my number one. So these guys’ care goes the same as all these other ones.

They’re, probably the easiest one, and if you guys have never played with Corydoras before, I would get like a albino Cory because they’re cheap. These are definitely like the cheapest Corydoras you can buy on the market pretty much anywhere. You shouldn’t be paying more than five bucks for each one of these Corydoras eat pretty much anything tropical flakes, pellets, blood worms, you name, it they’ll eat it and in their own time, they start to breed. So if you can put them in an aquarium by themselves, you can breed them up and super fun fish to keep and then

Corydoras panda

Number one on my list is going to be the panda Cory. So these guys are very easy to take care of. They can be a little bit timider than some of the other fish on this list, so the aeneus and stuff like that will not be timid. They come out quite frequently, but these guys are a bit more uh relaxer, very similar to the bandit corey.

They’re kind of like a little bit more timid, but they’re not like as timid as like a smudge spot, or something like that. Definitely one of the best beginner Cories. The care is the same as the aneaus. They’re pretty much as bulletproof as albinos and bronze Corydoras, but these guys look cooler. In my opinion, they’re really cute. They actually stay very, very small. These guys are probably the smallest Cories on this list, and a school of like six to eight of these guys is really really good in a 20-gallon aquarium. They look super cool, they definitely look a lot cooler than the albino core is just in my opinion.

Everyone’s opinion is going to be different, on which cory looks the best, but these guys win it for me, they’re number one on my list because they’re cute, easy to take care of, will take pretty much any kind of foods that you give them flakes pellets. You name it. They’ll take it and that’s basically it for these guys. One last thing before this video ends I’m going to mention is all these Cories will absolutely love you. If you put some sand down the bottom of the aquarium because most of the day they’ll go through and try and find little pieces of food and stuff like that and they’re going to feel most comfortable in a tank with some sand. So that’s pretty much going to be it.

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