Corydoras melini (False Bandit Cory)
Scientific Name: Corydoras melini
Common Name(s): False Bandit Cory
Size: 45mm or 1.8"
Sexing: Females grow larger and are more full-bodied, this is best observed from above the fish. Males will typically have more pointed as opposed to more rounded fin tips as they mature.
Distribution: South America: Upper Negro and Meta River basins. Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta, Amazon, Middle Amazon, Negro, Upper Negro
Feeding Will accept a wide range of commercial foods including tablets, granules and flakes. Live (or frozen) foods such as bloodworm, white worm, grindal worm, Daphnia and tubifex are readily accepted.
Furniture: Shade provided by overhanging rock work, arching bogwood, tall or floating plants are all that is required. Ideally substrate should be sand, but rounded gravel is an imperfect alternative. Avoid keeping over rough edged (chipped) gravel, this will increase this risk of damage the fishes barbels when it tries to dig.
Compatibility: A peaceful, shoaling, community fish.
Suggested Tankmates: All Corydoras should be kept in groups of at least 6 of the same species. Otherwise compatible with most other types of fish that are reasonably peaceful, as long as they don't see a Corydoras as a snack.
Breeding: Has been bred in the aquarium.