Corydoras amapaensis – Amapa Corydoras
This species was first described in 1972 by Nijssen.
The difference between the male and female can be clearly seen in the pectoral fin. The male’s anterior fin ray is much thicker and darker than that of the female.
Corydoras amapaensis originates from South America. They live in the Rio Oyapock and Rio Amapari basin in Brazil and French Guiana. Corydoras solox also live in the same waters.
It is an omnivore with a preference for small live food. Dry food is accepted as well.
Corydoras amapaensis is a peaceful fish that you should keep in a school of at least 6-8. The aquarium must be densely planted. Somewhere in the aquarium, a space must be left open in which the they can dig.
On the bottom, you prefer to use rounded (filter) sand. They dig through the substrate with their barbels. Using sharp sand or gravel can damage their barbels. The damage causes inflammation where they sometimes even lose their complete barbels. It is, therefore, better to keep them on non-sharp sand. By the way, the barbels grow back slowly as soon as they are kept on sand again.
Breeding Corydoras amapaensis
Breeding is the same as with most Corydoras species. After a considerable change of water and a drop in temperature, up to 150 eggs are laid. They prefer using a spawning mop or Java moss. After 4-5 days the eggs hatch and another 2-3 days later the fry swim free. The fry can be raised with micro-nematodes and later newly hatched brine shrimp and finely crushed flakes. They grow slowly and need regular water changes.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie
Bijgewerkt op 11 June 2023 door John