Animal Stories - Albino Cory

Animal-World Information about: Albino Cory

Albino Cories make good hardy community fish, great for beginners and experienced aquarist alike!
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Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-07
How long do these fish live because I have 1 albino and 1 spotted cory cats that are at least 5 years old and still going strong

nm123 - 2011-10-14
Hey all you cory catfish fans out there did you know the reason why cory catfish breathe air from the top of the tank is too help them digest their food?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-15
    To those people that did not know that, this would a helpful bit of information to them, I'm sure.
  • nm123 - 2011-10-15
    Thanks I found the information on you tube if you were wondering where I got the information from.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-06
    Also because they have a primitive air bladder made for in the wild during the dry season 1000's of them congregate in low oxygennated water in which their air bladder allows them to extract a small amount of air from the air.
J.G - 2012-03-02
Hi. I have 2 albino Corydoras. Great fish. But one of mine is going dark pink. He is not as light in color as he was. Both have a bit of age on them, and a bit of size too. But one is slightly smaller than the other. It's this smaller one that is going darker pink. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is any diseases that effect them this way. He is active and eating. Still going to the top for the bubbles. Just his colour is getting darker. He is still acting as normal. Any help anyone could offer or any advice, is greatfully accepted. Thankyou.

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  • Vanessa Wheeler Hord - 2012-03-04
    I just read about a practice used on these fish and many others called 'painting'. It's kind of horrible but legal for retailers and breeders to inject the fish with dye to make them more appealing to consumers. Albino Cory are often injected with white or orange dye. The dye starts to fade after 6-9 months though so if you have had your fish longer then that, it's probably safe to say that this is not the problem.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-03
    A lot of times certain foods will make white fish turn a bit more pink in color. Even though you have 2 of the same fish, so will react different then other. Have you changed or added foods or treats?
  • J.G - 2012-03-06
    Hi. I had no idea that practice happened. Not a very honest one. But somehow, as with the age of these little guys, I don't think that is my problem. Yes, I have changed their diet since moving to a different suburb. This new local pet shop doesnt carry the food I've always used, so I've changed to Spectrum...and I was using Nutrifin. So this may be it. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'll be keeping a good eye on the little guys. They are up there as one of my favorite fish. Oh...are they blind..? Thanks again for your input.
Amie - 2012-03-01
I have 2 in a 29 gal bow front with a Pleco and some platies. They are very active, good little cleaners. My favorite fish in the tank!

S - 2012-03-03
I am getting an Albino Cory, and I really want to work hard to mimic its environment. What other plants and animals would it live with in the wild? I want it to feel at home.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    Cory's live in the fllod land and tributaries of the Amazon. There are a vast array of fish that they would be comfortable with. If you do groups of Cories thet will normally pair up and a good chance of mating if you create the right environment which is what you sound like you are going for. Make sure there is ample food sources for these very active bottom feeders!
samfra - 2012-01-17
I bought 2 albino corydoras and 1 I keep thinking is dead coz it seems to be floating at the top of the water vertically with his mouth right near the top as soon as i get the net ready to get his corpse out he swims away as does he if another fish comes to close what the hell is it doing? is it during?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    I would check your tank conditions temperature, PH, filter etc as this sounds like behavioral problem and usually something wrong in the tank.
  • Daniel - 2012-02-13
    He probably has buoyancy problems. I have one albino cory that did this and he died a few weeks later. If you got him from petsmart return him ASAP. You have a return policy of 2 weeks from date of purchase. Always return any fish that has a behavior outside of the normal range because most likely it is sick and will give you problems in the future and pass.

    Normal cory behavior: They will swim side to side in your tank *from the left corner to right corner* they chase each other too which is very cute. They swim randomly all over your tank which is when they are active. When they are not they just sit at the bottom of your tank in groups or alone. Or inside a little cave or under anything or any shade or cover. They will ascend to the surface to catch some air and immediately go back to the bottom; they do that very fast. rinse repeat :)
    Good luck
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    Corydoras, are known to have swim bladder disorders, and the such. There honestly is not much that you can do, except provide him with a good environment, and clean water. My apologies, for bringing you this dreadful news!
Captain salah - 2012-01-30
Hello,I have 6 albino cory,they are the best (cleaning). My advice keep in groups, minimum of 6 or more .

Dan - 2011-12-22
How should I feed my 2 corys? I have 6 little glow fish that eat a lot. I feed the glow fish tropical flakes. I feed them all twice a day and make sure I don't overfeed as well. And recently I bought specially for my corys sinking Shrimp pellets medium size but I think they are a little big and HARD for them to eat. The shrimp package got a bronze cory on it so that's why I got it and I read they love it. I also got freeze dried blood worms for the corys but as soon as I put a few in the water the glow fish eat them and leave behind the ones that are too big.
Would someone help me out on how to feed these little cute fish having glow fish around ? and suggestions on the sinking pellets?
Thank you!

Dan - 2011-12-21
I have an Albino Cory I love very much. He is by himself with 5 glow little fish that don't mind him at all. Should I get another Cory so he has a friend? or should I keep him alone? what should I do? Are Cory lonely fish? or they like company?
Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    Can't say for sure cuz I never asked one but breeding is an interesting process with these fellas. I think everything likes company for some reason but he is probably fine on his own. What would you prefer is the question?
  • Dan - 2011-12-22
    Thank you guys! That is exactly what I needed to know; I got a second cory and it's great to see them lay next to each other. My fav little fish in the world now.
Mitch Penner - 2011-10-04
My 1.25 inch new albino Cory catfish is acting strange! Last week I went to Petco and purchased this red eyed little white cat. I have an eclectic 10 gallon fish tank featuring 1 neon blue dwarf gourami, 4 zebras, a Chinese sucker, a ghost shrimp, and a speckle bristle nose sucker... 2 plants... My tank is thriving and temp and water quality are pristine BUT my Cory is displaying very weird behavior. Sometimes he is active and seems normal, but other times he is hidden lethargically in the corner bottom of the tank. Once I thought he was dead he was floating head first in the corner of the tank almost lodged between the heater and side of tank unnaturally. It seems to become completely vertical along with the side of the tank but I'm unsure. Am I tripping or can this fish have weird behaviors?

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  • nm123 - 2011-10-16
    There might not be enough of corys in there, corys are known to hide when there is only one in the tank, try mixing different or the same breed of cory and that should do the trick.
  • Marsha C. Mais - 2011-11-15
    I've noticed that with my 4 as well. It's kinda of a cycle. They'll be really active one day and really calm the next. I think it's based on their feeding cycle or something. No worries. I've even had mine chill out upside down and be just fine. They're silly little buggers and I love 'em for it.