February 21

Sarah Robertson

The Complete Guide to Taking Care of Black Fowleri Corydoras

Corydoras is a well-known fish in the aquarium business. They come in a variety of hues and sizes. Their angelic nature makes them popular among people who enjoy freshwater tropical fish. Fowleri corydoras is one such lovely fish that is very popular among hobbyists.

The Black Fowleri Corydoras, one of the strongest and most spectacular species of Corydoras, is characterized by its hefty physique, long snout, distinct black markings, and iridescent green color. They thrive in aquariums with lots of open areas and a gentle current in Peru's Rio Ampiyacu's shallow sandy and rocky areas.

If you want to keep this Corydoras, there are a few things you need to do and know. This care guide will teach you everything you need to know about keeping black Fowleri Corydoras in your aquarium.

A Quick Black Fowleri Corydoras Care Table

  • Scientific Name: Corydoras fowleri
  • Diet: Omnivores
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Compatibility: Peacefu
  • Ph: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Temperature: 78-82F
  • Water hardness: 18 – 179 ppm
  • Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
  • Tankmates: Corydoras, small loricariids, tetras, rasboras
  • Breeding: Egg layers
  • Size: 2.0-3.0 inches
  • Life expectancy: 3-5 years

Black Fowleri Corydoras Size

Black fowleri corydoras are small-sized fish. They can grow up to 2-3 inches in length. For the fish to reach their full potential size, they need to be in a spacious aquarium with plenty of hiding places.

Genetics also plays a very important role in the size of your fish. If you want to have big and healthy fish, make sure you buy them from a reputable breeder.

Black Fowleri Corydoras Lifespan

The black fowleri corydoras have a lifespan of 3-5 years. However, for your fish to reach its maximum lifespan, you need to provide it with the proper care and environment.

Some things that you can do to help your fish live a long and healthy life are:

  • Providing them with a clean and spacious tank
  • Feeding them a nutritious diet
  • Maintaining the water quality in their tank
  • Keeping them away from aggressive tankmates.

Black Fowleri Corydoras Appearance

The Fowleri corydoras is a beautiful fish that is loved by many hobbyists. These fantastic creatures are known to have robust bodies. Their color is iridescent green with black markings. The number of black markings on their bodies can vary from fish to fish. Some have more black markings than others.

The most distinct feature of the Fowleri corydoras is their long snout. This snout helps them to forage for food in the substrate. They also have large eyes that help them see in low-light conditions. They also have an adipose fin located between their dorsal and caudal fins.

Fowleri corydoras are one of the most popular Corydoras species because of their unique appearance. These fish are sure to stand out in any aquarium.

Black Fowleri Corydoras Male vs Female 

The males and females of the Fowleri corydoras species are very similar in appearance. The only way to tell them apart is by looking at their reproductive organs.

Males have a thinner and longer ventral peduncle than females. They also have a smaller cloaca. Females, on the other hand, have a larger and rounder ventral peduncle. They also have a larger cloaca which is used to store eggs.

Black Fowleri Corydoras Behavior 

The Fowleri corydoras is a very peaceful fish that loves to swim in schools. They are known to be very active and love to explore their tank. These fish are also very social and love to interact with their tank mates.

Fowleri corydoras are bottom-dwellers and spend most of their time swimming around the substrate looking for food. They are also known to be very good at cleaning the tank and getting rid of any excess food or waste.

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Black Fowleri Corydoras Tank setup

The most essential thing you can do to guarantee the health and safety of your fish is to set up a tank. If you don't set up the tank correctly, your fish will probably become ill or die. When it comes to setting up a tank for Fowleri corydoras, there are a few things to think about. The following are the most crucial:

Tank Size 

Because Fowleri corydoras is a small fish, it does not require a grand tank. In fact, if you're only planning on keeping 5 or fewer of these fish, then a 30-gallon tank would be more than adequate. If you have aspirations of keeping more than that, however, you should consider a larger tank such as a 50 or 75-gallon.

There are many benefits to having a larger tank. The most important one is that it provides your fish with more swimming space. This extra space will allow your fish to stay active and healthy. It also decreases the likelihood of aggression and bullying between tank mates.

Another benefit of having a larger tank is that it's much easier to maintain water quality. This is because there is more water to dilute any waste or ammonia that is produced.

Water Parameters 

Although Black fowleri corydoras are heady fish that can withstand a vast array of water conditions, they thrive in warm water temperatures ranging from 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. To maintain proper living conditions for these fish, use a thermometer to ensure the surrounding temperature does not fall outside of their ideal range.

Additionally, Fowleri corydoras prefer soft water with a hardness of 18 – 179 ppm. These fish also prefer slightly acidic water with a pH of 6.0-7.5. It is very important to maintain these water parameters because sudden changes can be deadly for these fish.

If you're not sure how to test or adjust your water parameters, you can ask your local fish store for help or guidance. They should be able to provide you with the necessary supplies and advice.


Black Fowleri Corydoras are very sensitive to water quality. This means that you need to have a good filter system in place to make sure the water stays clean and free of toxins. There are many different types of filters on the market, so it's important to do your research before purchasing one.

It's also a good idea to get a filter that is slightly bigger than the size of your tank. This way, you can be sure that the water is being filtered properly and efficiently.

Tank Decor

The Fowleri corydoras is a bottom-dwelling fish, so it only feels comfortable near the bottom of the tank. Adding too much decor will overwhelm and stress them out. A few rocks or plants are all you need. Too much decor can make it difficult for your fish to swim, and it can also stress them out. The following can be added to the tank:


Adding a few plants to the tank can help your fish hide and oxygenate the water. It will also make them feel more at ease, much like in their native environment in South America. The Fowleri corydoras is a relatively non-territorial fish, so it doesn't need an abundance of plants. Make sure the plants you're adding to the tank are safe for your fish by doing research beforehand. Some good plant choices for Fowleri corydoras include:

  • Java Fern
  • Anubias
  • Hornwort


The Fowleri corydoras is also compatible with rocks. These fish like to hide among the rocks and benefit from their protection. However, only a few rocks should be added to the tank. Too many rocks in the tank can make it difficult for your fish to swim and stress them out. When selecting stones for the aquarium, be sure they are acceptable for your fish. Because they may contain dangerous chemicals, avoid using rocks from outside the house. Furthermore, avoid using jagged-edged stones since they might harm your fish.

The rock types that are excellent for Fowleri corydoras include:

  • Slate
  • River rocks
  • Smooth pebbles


Because they like to hide, caves are the perfect addition to a Fowleri corydoras tank. These fish will often sleep in caves during the day and come out to feed at night. This is why it's important to have a few caves in the tank for them to hide in.

When selecting a cave, make sure it's not too small or your fish might get stuck. Furthermore, the cave should be made of safe materials that will not harm your fish. Some good cave options include:

  • Coconut shells
  • PVC pipes
  • Bogwood


If you're looking to do more than just fill your tank with rocks and plants, placing driftwood inside can provide both hiding places and shelter for your fish while also helping create a more natural-looking environment. Just be sure to avoid sharp-edged pieces of driftwood that could injure your fish.

Some good driftwood alternatives for Fowleri corydoras are as follows:

  • Mangrove
  • Roots
  • Bogwood
  • Coconut shells


Although Fowleri corydoras are not too picky about their substrate, they do like to dig occasionally. Make sure the gravel you choose is a decent size; if it's too large, your fish could accidentally eat it and become gravely ill. Some good options for gravel include:

  • River Rock
  • Pebbles
  • Aquarium Sand
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Black Fowleri Corydoras Tankmates

The Fowleri corydoras is a peaceful fish that does well with other peaceful fish. They are compatible with most community fish as long as they are of similar size. Some good tankmates for Fowleri corydoras include:

  • Tetras
  • Guppies
  • Barbs
  • Mollies
  • Platies
  • Shrimps such as cherry shrimp, ghost shrimp, and vampire shrimp
  • Snails
  • Rasboras
  • These community tank water fish can also be kept with other Cory catfish species such as Panda corydoras, Pygmy corydoras, Aeneus corydoras, Emerald green corydoras, Agassizi corydoras, Armatus corydoras, Green aeneus corydoras, Leucomelas corydoras, Melini corydoras, Metae corydoras, Napoensis corydoras, Paleatus corydoras, Schultzei corydoras, Schwartzi corydoras.

The following fish are not recommended as tankmates for Fowleri corydoras:

  • Betta fish (male or female)
  • Gouramis
  • Discus fish
  • Other cichlids

If you are planning to keep more than one Fowleri corydoras, it's best to have at least six of them. This will help reduce aggression and territorial behavior. Also in case you are adding your fish to a community aquarium make sure to observe their behavior for the first few days to ensure they are getting along well with their tank mates. If you notice any aggression, you may need to remove the aggressor from the tank.

Black Fowleri Corydoras Diet

The black fowleri corydoras is an omnivorous fish, meaning it will eat both plants and meat. In the wild, these fish mostly consume insects, small crustaceans, and larvae. However, in captivity, they can be fed a variety of foods.

Live Foods 

Live foods are the best type of food for black fowleri corydoras. These fish are used to eating live foods in the wild, so they will be very receptive to them in captivity. Some good live foods for these fish include:

  • Bloodworms
  • Daphnia
  • Brine shrimp
  • White worms
  • Grindal worms
  • Mysis shrimp

Live foods should only be given to your fish as a treat since they are not a complete diet. too many live foods can lead to obesity and other health problems in your fish.

Frozen Foods

If you cannot find live foods, frozen foods make an excellent alternative. These fish are still able to consume frozen foods quite easily.

Frozen foods should also only be given to your fish as a treat and not as the main diet. Overfeeding your fish can lead to health problems such as obesity and swim bladder disease.

Some good frozen foods for black fowleri corydoras include:

  • Bloodworms
  • Brine shrimp
  • Mysis shrimp
  • Krill
  • Tubifex worms


Although meat is an important part of the Fowleri corydoras diet, veggies should not be neglected. These fish need plant matter to help them with their digestive system and to provide them with essential vitamins and minerals. Some good veggie options for Fowleri corydoras include:

  • Blanched lettuce
  • Blanched spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Peas
  • Squash

If you are feeding your fish frozen or freeze-dried foods, be sure to thaw or rehydrate them before feeding. While feeding veggies to your fish, it's best to blanch them first. This will make them softer and easier for your fish to digest.

Pellets and Flakes

If you cannot find live, frozen, or freeze-dried foods, pellets and flakes make an adequate diet for these fish. Look for a high-quality pellet or flake that is formulated for omnivorous fish. Avoid products that contain fillers and artificial colors.

Some good pellet and flake options for black fowleri corydoras include:

  • Hikari Corydorin
  • Omega One Cichlid Flakes
  • Wardley Shrimp and Crab Pellets
  • TetraMin Crisps
  • Fluval Bug Bites

There are many things you need to take into consideration before feeding your black fowleri corydoras. The most important thing is to make sure that the food is small enough for them to eat. These fish have small mouths, so they will not be able to eat large pellets or flakes.

When feeding your fish, it's best to give them small amounts of food several times a day. Overfeeding can lead to health problems such as obesity and swim bladder disease. It's also important to remove any uneaten food from the tank so it doesn't pollute the water. Black fowleri corydoras are very sensitive to water quality, so you need to make sure the water is clean and free of toxins. Feeding your fish in dirty water can lead to health problems such as infections and disease.

Fowleri Corydoras Diseases

The Fowleri corydoras is a hearty fish that rarely falls ill. But, as with all creatures, they too can develop health problems if not taken care of properly. Some diseases common among Fowleri corydoras are:

  • Ich: Ich is a parasitic illness that can affect Fowleri corydoras. This condition causes white spots on the fish's body. Salt baths and copper treatments are both used to treat ich. If not treated, ich can be fatal.
  • Hole in the head: Hole in the head is a condition that affects many fish species, not just Fowleri corydoras. This illness is caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. It can also be caused by poor water quality. To treat holes in the head, you need to improve the water quality and diet of your fish.
  • Swim bladder disease: Swim bladder disease is a condition that affects many fish species, not just Fowleri corydoras. This illness is caused by a build-up of gas in the swim bladder. This can be caused by overeating or constipation. To treat swim bladder disease, you need to improve the diet of your fish. If you think your fish is sick, it's important to take them to an expert for a proper diagnosis.
  • Fin Rot: Fin rot is a bacterial infection that can affect Fowleri corydoras. This disease is characterized by frayed or ragged fins. Fin rot can be treated with antibiotics. Quarantine is also recommended to prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Columnaris: Columnaris is a bacterial infection that particularly affects Fowleri corydoras. This disease presents with white or gray patches on the fish's body. Columnaris can be treated using antibiotics or other medications.
  • Velvet: The disease known as velvet can infect Fowleri corydoras. The fish's body is covered in golden or yellow dust. Velvet may be treated with a variety of medications, including salt baths and copper treatments.


Black fowleri corydoras is a hardy fish that does not show any signs of illness. However, there are some symptoms you can look for that may indicate your fish is sick. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Listlessness
  • Clamped fins
  • Hiding
  • White spots on the body
  • Gray or white patches on the body
  • Frayed or disintegrating fins
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Scales that protrude from the body
  • Holes in the head of the fish
  • Yellow or gold dust on the body


The best way to prevent your fish from getting sick is to provide them with a clean and healthy environment. Some things you can do to keep your fish healthy include:

  • Regular water changes: Water changes are essential for keeping your fish tank clean and free of toxins. A good rule of thumb is to do a 25% water change every 2 weeks.
  • Proper filtration: A good filter is essential for keeping your fish tank clean and free of toxins. Be sure to clean your filter regularly.
  • Regular vacuuming: Vacuuming your gravel will help remove uneaten food and waste from your fish tank. A good rule of thumb is to vacuum your gravel every 2 weeks.
  • Proper diet: A healthy diet is essential for keeping your fish happy and healthy. Be sure to feed them a variety of foods, including live, frozen, and freeze-dried foods.
  • Avoid overfeeding: Overfeeding your fish can lead to health problems. A good rule of thumb is to feed them 2-3 times a day, and only as much food as they can eat in 2 minutes.
  • Avoid overcrowding: Overcrowding your fish tank can lead to health problems. It will lead to a build-up of toxins in the water and can stress your fish out. A
  • Monitor water quality: Water quality is essential for keeping your fish happy and healthy. Be sure to test your water regularly and take steps to correct any problems you find.
  • Quarantine new fish: When you add new fish to your tank, it's important to quarantine them for 2 weeks. This will help prevent the spread of disease.


If you think your fish is sick, the first thing you should do is take a water sample to your local fish store or veterinarian. They will be able to test the water and diagnose the problem. Once the problem has been diagnosed, they will be able to prescribe the proper treatment. Some common treatments include:

  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs: Anti-inflammatory drugs are used to treat inflammatory diseases, such as dropsy.
  • Salt baths: Salt baths are used to treat a variety of parasitic diseases, including velvet.
  • Copper treatments: Copper treatments are used to treat a variety of parasitic diseases, including velvet.

Disease prevention is the best way to keep your fish healthy. Be sure to follow the proper care guidelines for your fish, and take steps to correct any problems you find. With a little effort, you can keep your fish happy and healthy for years to come.

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Fowleri Corydoras Breeding

If you are an enthusiastic fish keeper, then you may want to try your hand at breeding Fowleri corydoras. These fish are not difficult to breed, but there are a few things you need to know before you get started.

The following sections will give you everything you need to know about breeding Fowleri corydoras, including how to set up a breeding tank, how to trigger spawning, and how easy to care for the fry.

Setting Up a Breeding Tank

The first thing you need to do when breeding Fowleri corydoras is to set up a breeding tank. This should be a separate tank from your main fish tank, and it should be set up with the following in mind:

  • The breeding tank should be at least 10 gallons in size.
  • The water should be clean and well-filtered.
  • The water temperature should be between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The tank should be decorated with plenty of hiding places, such as caves and plants.
  • The tank should have a tight-fitting lid to prevent escapees.

Selecting The Breeding Group of Fish

When selecting the breeding group of fish, it's important to choose healthy, robust fish. Avoid choosing fish that are too small or too old. It's also a good idea to choose fish that are of the same size and age.

Two males to one female appear to be the optimum ratio for this species. As a result, if you're setting up a 10-gallon tank, at least three fish are required. However, if you want to increase your chances of success, go with more fish.

Conditioning the Breeding Fish

Before you can trigger spawning, you need to condition the breeding fish. This means raising the water temperature and feeding them a nutritious diet.

To raise the water temperature, you can use a submersible aquarium heater. Slowly raise the temperature to between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of a week.

To feed the breeding fish a nutritious diet, you can use live foods, such as brine shrimp or blackworms. You can also use frozen foods, such as bloodworms or Mysis shrimp. Feed the fish several times per day, but only give them as much food as they can eat in 2 minutes.

Triggering Spawning 

Once the breeding fish are conditioned, you can trigger spawning. There are a few different ways to do this:

The first way is to slowly lower the water level in the tank over the course of a week. This will simulate the rainy season, which is when these fish breed in the wild.

The second way is to do a large water change, removing 80% of the water from the tank. This will also stimulate the rainy season.

The third way is to add peat to the filter. This will lower the pH of the water, which will trigger spawning.

Once you've triggered spawning, the female fish will lay her eggs. These eggs will stick to plants and other surfaces in the tank. The male will then fertilize the eggs.

Caring for Black Fowleri Corydoras Fry

Once the eggs have been laid, they will hatch in 3-5 days. The fry will be very small, so you'll need to feed them live foods, such as microworms or baby brine shrimp. You can also use finely ground flake food.

As the fry grows, you can gradually start to feed them larger foods, such as brine shrimp or bloodworms. The fry will reach maturity in 3-4 months.

Frequent Questions

Do Black Fowleri Corydoras eat algae?

Yes, Black Fowleri Corydoras do eat algae. In fact, they are one of the best algae-eating fish around. They will also eat other types of food, such as live foods, frozen foods, and flake food.

What do you feed Black Fowleri Corydoras? 

You can feed Black Fowleri Corydoras live foods, frozen foods, and flake food. Some good options for live food include brine shrimp, blackworms, and bloodworms. Some good options for frozen food include Mysis shrimp and krill.

How many Black Fowleri Corydoras are in a 10-gallon?

A 10-gallon tank can hold 2-3 Black Fowleri Corydoras. If you want to add more fish, you can increase the size of the tank.

Do Black Fowleri Corydoras need a heater? 

Yes, Black Fowleri Corydoras do need a heater. The water temperature should be between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a submersible aquarium heater to raise the temperature of the water.

Are Black Fowleri Corydoras peaceful?

Yes, Black Fowleri Corydoras are peaceful fish. They can be kept with other peaceful fish, such as neon tetras and Guppies. They should not be kept with aggressive fish, such as the Oscars and Cichlids.

Do Black Fowleri Corydoras eat plants?

No, Black Fowleri Corydoras do not eat plants. In fact, they are one of the best plant-eating fish around. They will only eat algae and other types of food, such as live foods, frozen foods, and flake food.


The Black Fowleri Corydoras is a beautiful fish that makes a great addition to any aquarium. These fish are peaceful, easy to care for and make excellent algae eaters. They are known for their iridescent green and black coloration. These fish species, like any other corydoras, need a well-balanced diet to stay healthy and happy. Feed them live foods, frozen foods, or flake food 2-3 times per day. A fish tank of at least 30 gallons is recommended for these fish if you are planning to keep them in a group. The water temperature should be between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These fish are not known to eat plants, making them a great choice for planted tanks.

  bg b Be sure to provide hiding places in the aquarium with live plants or other structures. With the proper care, your Black Fowleri Corydoras will thrive in your home aquarium for years to come.

Sarah Robertson

I am a passionate blogger who also happens to be a fish keeping enthusiast. Writing about my hobby is something that I absolutely love to do, and it's no secret that my chosen topic is always centered around fish keeping.

Sarah Robertson

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