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Schultz's Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi)

Schultz’s Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi)

Schultz’s Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi) are found in the river tributaries of the upper Rio Guaporé in the State of Mato Grosso in Central Brazil and in Bolivia, South America.

It is often confused with Corydoras araguaiensis, which lacks the orange coloration in the fins, Corydoras spectabilis, Corydoras isbrueckeri, and Sterba’s Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai).

Schultz's Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi)

Schultz’s Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi)

Schultz’s Cory has the typical triangular Corydoras body shape with a more pointed head and a long snout.   Their bodies are slightly deeper than other species of Crydoras and the dorsal fin has 7 to 8 soft rays.

The base body color of the Schultz’s Cory is light and overlaid with 6 to 7 bands of dark colored markings that begin at the front of the dorsal fin and continue down to the caudal peduncle.   They have dark gray reticulated markings on the head and snout that extend towards the leading ray of the dorsal fin.   The pectoral and ventral leading fin spines are orange.   Behind the spine, the fins are clear with black bands.

Males are much smaller and more slender than the females, while the females are plumper, rounder and larger than males of the same age.

Schultz’s Cory is most often confused with Sterba’s Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai) which has a darker basic body color with white spots on its head and snout.

Schultz’s Cory do best in at least a 30 gallon aquarium with a sand or extremely fine gravel substrate that is densely planted with Amazon Sword type plants and aquascaped with some smooth river rock and enough driftwood or bogwood to provide shelter.

Although they do well in a South American community tank setup with other peaceful species of the same size, they are a shoaling species that should be housed with at least 5 or 6 of their own kind.   These fish require clean water conditions with a moderate amount of current in their tank and need regular 25% to 50% water changes to keep them healthy.

Although Corydoras sterbai are easily bred in an aquarium environment, to date there are no documented cases of Schultz’s Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi) being tank bred.

Schultz’s Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi) are ease to feed and will readily accept a mixed, varied diet of live, frozen and  freeze dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, chopped earthworms, and a good quality flake or pellet food.

Wild caught Schultz’s Cory specimens are are usually found in mixed South American shipments and when available for purchase are approximately 3/4″ to 1″ in size.

Schultz's Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi)

Schultz’s Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi)







Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy
Water Conditions: 67-77° F, KH 0-15, pH 6.0-7.2
Max. Size: 3″
Color Form: Black, Tan, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore
Compatibility: Community tanks
Origin: Brazil, South America, upper Rio Guaporé
Family: Callichthyidae
Life Span: 5 – 10 years
Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner

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