This well known, but still beautiful Corydoras originates from the Rio Purus system in Brazil. It was named in honor of the exporter Willy Schwartz. In Corydoras schwartzi, which belongs to the stocky, round-headed members of the genus, the dorsal fin is marked very slightly differently in each animal, the coloration of the spine ranges from bright white-cream to gray; there are sometimes spots on the membranes. Usually Corydoras schwartzi has a widened black spot just below the dorsal fin, also its size and shape varies individually.
C. schwartzi grows to a length of about 5 cm and is a typical corydoras in terms of care, so it wants to be kept in a group, likes fine sand as substrate in places and eats any ornamental fish food. Because of their origin they like it warm (26-30°C), therefore they fit well as bottom fish in aquariums with Discus fish.
For our customers: the animals have code 244503 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply to wholesalers.
Corydoras schwartzi is one of the most frequently offered armored catfish from Brazil. It comes from the basin of the Rio Purus. There are other very similar species, such as the magnificent, long-snouted C. pulcher. The short-snouted sister species of C. pulcher is also available from there; we call it Corydoras cf. pulcher; there are animals with rather narrow stripes and those with very massive, wide stripes. Another very similar, again long-nosed form is called CW 65 or Corydoras cf. schwartzi “Labrea”.
And then there is the Super-Schwartzi, also from the basin of the Rio Purus, more precisely from the Rio Mucuim. The wonderful, very large (approx. 5.3 cm standard length and 6.5 cm total length) animals have received the code CW 28. They have very long extended dorsal fins, the dorsal fin-spine is cream-colored. The body colour of the Super-Schwartzi CW 28 is almost identical to the “normal” C. schwartzi. The photos clearly show the differences, we have photographed Corydoras cf. pulcher, which we also have in stock, and the Corydoras sp. schwartzi SUPER CW 28 together to show the differences, also we have taken our big “normal” C. schwartzi together with the new one.
For our customers: Corydoras cf. pulcher has code 241716, CW 28 244565 and C. schwartzi 244504 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer