Species group: Corydoras
Other name: Elongate Bronze Cory
Scientific name: Corydoras melanotaenia
Country / place of origin: Colombia
AppearanceDetails: The Green-gold Catfish is a small Cory which is native to streams and areas of flooded forest in the Rio Meta river basin in Columbia, South America. The Green-gold Catfish, like other Corydoras, is a peaceful fish. It is compatible with similar small or medium sized fish such as Tetras, Rasboras, and Danios.
Color varieties: The overall body shape of the Green-gold Catfish is long with a short and compact head. It has distinct yellow-ochre fins. The characteristic green color of this fish surfaces during the breeding period. The upper half of the body is metallic green. The ridge of the back is light yellow. The eyes are covered by a green eye mask. The area above the back of the skull (supraoccipital) is orange in color.
Size: up to 3 inches
Gender: Females appear broader than the usually slender males if viewed from above the aquarium. The ventral fins of the female are rounded while those of the males are pointed.
Temperature: 73 - 77°F
pH balance: 7 - 8
Aquarium specifications: The fish should be housed in a well-planted aquarium. Java fern and Java moss are good additions. The fish tend to become anxious in the aquarium. To combat this, sufficient hiding places should be provided. They swim in the middle and bottom of the tank.
Water hardness: 250 - 310 mg/L