False Bandit Cory (Corydoras melini)

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Remarks: The False Bandit Cory, Corydoras melini, is named for its similarity to the Bandit Cory, Corydoras metae. One easy way to distinguish between the two species is by examining the black line that begins in their dorsal fin and runs along their back. True Bandit Corys have a line that travels along the edge of their back until it reaches the caudal peduncle, where it makes a sharp turn and runs vertically. In False Bandit Corys, this line travels perfectly straight from the dorsal fin to the bottom of the caudal peduncle.

They are active shoalers and will stay near conspecifics, making for a lovely sight. Corydoras feed by searching through sand with their barbels, and sand is necessary for the long-term health of Corys. Gravel substrates tend to be abrasive and damage the barbels, leading to infections and an inability to find food. 

Corydoras are often looked at as "scavengers," but they should be treated in a similar fashion as the rest of your fish. They are omnivores and require a mixed diet. Flake food is readily accepted, as is baby brine shrimp and small pieces of blackworm. 

Scientific Name: Corydoras melini

Common Name: False Bandit Cory

Max Size: 2.5"

pH: 5.0-8.0

Hardness: Soft

Temperature: 72-82°

Aggressiveness: Peaceful

Region of Origin: South America

Captive Bred or Wild: Wild 

Diet: Flake or pellet

Compatibility: Schooling fish, dwarf cichlids, small catfish, livebearers, invertebrates.

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