A strikingly marked medium-growing species of Corydoras, the Melini or False Bandit Cory is widespread throughout the Rio Negro, Orinoco, and Meta in Brazil and Colombia where it is found in large shoals in a variety of shallow water habitats. This species is one of several very similar looking Corydoras and is sometimes confused with C. metae, but the Melini Cory’s stripe extends down into the tail. Like most Corys, they are peaceful, hardy, and best kept in groups due to their schooling nature. An excellent community aquarium fish, they will do well with nearly any non-aggressive tankmates.
We highly recommend using either sand substrate, or small-non sharp gravel due to the fact that they are usually sifting through the substrates.
Corydoras are omnivores and it is recommended that you feed them algae wafers and regular pellet/wafers as well.
Name: False Bandit Corydoras, Bandit Corydoras
Science Name: Corydoras melini
Max Size: 2″
pH: 6.0 – 7.5
Temperature: 68-79F° (20-26°C)
Care Level: Easy
Life Expectancy: 10 Years
Minimum Tank Size Recommended: 20 Gallons
Groups: Recommended in groups 6+ / Thrives in groups 12+
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