The Morocha Cory, Corydoras cf. atropersonatus, is a beautiful species of catfish with a white body and black spots covering its entirety. They have a thick black mask over their eyes. They are very similar to the Fairy Cory, C. atropersonatus, also from Peru, however the Morocha Cory has distinct spots on the dorsal fin and sometimes the snout, which the Fairy Corys lack. They also appaer to have darker, more contrasting spots.
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 cf. atropersonatus