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"Discover the adorable Corydoras Pygmaeus! Learn about its care, tank mates, and distinctive characteristics for a thriving aquarium."

Detailed Description:

Introducing Corydoras Pygmaeus, also known as Pygmy Cory or Pygmy Catfish. These small and adorable freshwater catfish are a popular choice among aquarists for their charming appearance and peaceful nature. Corydoras Pygmaeus is native to the Amazon River basin and is known for its social behavior and bottom-dwelling habits. In this detailed description, we will explore the care requirements, ideal tank mates, and other important aspects of creating a thriving habitat for Corydoras Pygmaeus.


  • Small Size: Corydoras Pygmaeus is one of the smallest species of Corydoras, with an average size of around 1 inch (2.5 cm). Their small size adds to their cuteness and makes them suitable for smaller aquarium setups.
  • Adorable Appearance: These catfish have a rounded body shape with a light brown or bronze base color. They are adorned with dark spots on their body and fins, giving them a speckled and attractive appearance.

Water Conditions:

  • Temperature: Maintain the water temperature between 72°F and 78°F (22°C - 26°C) to ensure the optimal health and well-being of Corydoras Pygmaeus.
  • pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level ranging from 6.0 to 7.4.
  • Water Hardness: These catfish prefer soft to moderately hard water, with a hardness level ranging from 2 to 15 dGH.
  • Filtration and Aeration: Provide efficient filtration and gentle water flow to maintain excellent water quality and ensure proper oxygenation.

Tank Mates:

  • Peaceful Community Fish: Corydoras Pygmaeus is peaceful and sociable, making it an excellent addition to community aquariums with other non-aggressive fish species.
  • Small Tetras: Compatible tank mates include small tetra species, such as Neon Tetras, Ember Tetras, or Harlequin Rasboras. These fish share similar water parameters and create a visually captivating display.
  • Dwarf Gouramis: Peaceful dwarf gouramis, such as the Honey Gourami or the Sparkling Gourami, can make suitable companions for Corydoras Pygmaeus.
  • Avoid Fin-nipping Fish: Keep them away from fin-nipping or aggressive fish species that may harm or stress the Pygmy Cory.

Feeding Habit:

  • Omnivorous Diet: Corydoras Pygmaeus is an omnivore and accepts a variety of foods.
  • Sinking Pellets or Tablets: Offer sinking pellets or tablets specifically formulated for bottom-dwelling catfish as their staple diet.
  • Supplemental Foods: Provide occasional feedings of live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, or daphnia to provide variety and enhance their nutritional intake.


  • Tank Size: Provide a suitable aquarium with a minimum size of 10 gallons (38 liters) to accommodate a small group of Corydoras Pygmaeus. They appreciate ample swimming space and a well-established territory.
  • Substrate and Decorations: Use a fine-grained substrate, such as sand or smooth gravel, to mimic their natural habitat. Provide hiding places with the help of rocks, caves, driftwood, and dense vegetation.
  • Water Maintenance: Perform regular partial water changes of 25% every week to maintain excellent water quality, remove waste, and keep nitrates under control.
  • Observation and Health: Monitor the overall health and behavior of Corydoras Pygmaeus regularly, ensuring they exhibit active swimming, healthy appetite, and lack of signs of distress or disease.

Corydoras Pygmaeus, with its small size and charming personality, brings joy and liveliness to any aquarium. By providing them with the appropriate care and companions, you can enjoy the delightful antics of these catfish as they explore the substrate and interact with their tank mates.

Pygmy Corydoras (Corydoras Pygmaeus)

SGD 2.00

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