Introduction to the Albino Cory Catfish

The Albino Cory Catfish is a very hardy fish that is often recommended to beginners looking for something a little different from the usual Plecostomus. Unlike the Pleco, the Albino Cory is fairly active during the day, constantly on the hunt for food scraps.

A true Albino Cory will only reach approx. 2.5 inches and as such, make better additions as cleaner crew members to smaller tanks, compared with other large growing catfish.

The Albino Cory Catfish

Albino Cory Catfish Quick Facts

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Minimum Tank Size: 20 gal (75 L)
  • Maximum Size: 3 inches (7.2 cm)
  • Temperament: Peacful
  • Temperature: 72 – 79° F (22.2 – 26.1° C)
  • pH Range: 6 – 8
  • Water Hardness: 2 – 20 dGH
  • Diet: Omnivore

The Albino Cory has a white colored body that can range in tone, and pink to light red eyes. This catfish will live between 5 to 8 years, depending on the ongoing quality of the aquarium parameters. It is often referred to as the Armored Catfish as it is armored instead of scaled, however, is not the true, problematic Armored Catfish.

This catfish has similar characteristics to other catfish in that there are sharp barbs on their fines and these can contain an irritant to other fish, which aids in its natural defenses. These fins can also produce clicking sounds which are used to ward off predators and during mating.

An Albino Cory Catfish in a home aquarium

Aquarium Setup

An aquarium of at least 20 gallons is recommended for one or more Albino Corys. Unlike the Plecostomus and other Catfish, the Albino Cory is very active during the day. Provide plenty of rockwork to promote algae growth for a food source, and areas for them to hide in.

Use a fine gravel or sand, as they will sift through it, however, can become ill if the sandbed is dirty and uncleaned. Ensure you routinely vacuum your substrate during water changes.

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Albino Cory Catfish Aquarium Guide

  • Minimum Tank Size: 20 gal (75 L)
  • pH Range: 6 – 8
  • Water Hardness: 2 – 20 dGH
  • Temperature: 72 – 79° F (22.2 – 26.1° C)
  • Lighting: Normal
  • Substrate: Fine gravel, sand
  • Brackish: No
  • Water Flow: Low to medium
  • Tank Region: Bottom

A pair of Albino Cory Catfish in an aquarium

Difficulty

These are an easy Catfish to take care of and are recommended for beginners. The only requirements are that your tank is producing algae for a food source, and that the water is well oxygenated.

Proper filtration is required and as with all species, will suffer from toxic water, high in ammonia and nitrates.

Handling these fish can leads to small spikes, so it is advised that you use gloves or a special net when handling them.

Feeding

They will primarily feed all day on algae and other food waste found on the bottom of the tank. Soaked pellet and flake foods are also recommended for tanks that are not producing enough algae, and to also supplement their diet.

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Albino Cory Catfish Feeding Guide

  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Frequency: One supplemental feeding every 1 to 2 days depending on algae availability
  • Pellet Foods: Yes, presoaked
  • Flake Foods: Yes, presoaked
  • Vegetable Foods: Will eat cooked dark leafy greens that sink to the bottom

Sex Differences

The males have longer fins while the females are generally bigger and fatter looking.

Breeding

The female Albino Cory will clean a flat surface on a rock in preparation. The female will then be chased around the tank by the male and play hide and seek with him.The male will often rub up against the female. The female will stimulate the males ventral fin and area with her fins and the male will release his milt. The female will catch this and keep it in her mouth.

She will then return to prepared areas and lay several eggs and deposit some of the milt previously captured from the male.

This process can repeat for several hours and a mature female can lay approximately 300 eggs. Within a week the fry will hatch, but most will be eaten by the parents and other fish if not removed. The can be raised in a separate tank using the main tanks water, and fed finely crushed flake foods.

Social

Albino Corys are very peaceful fish and will do well with most other peaceful fish and certain Cichlids

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