Comments Armored Catfish including the Corydoras species and the very similar Brochis species are all very wonderful aquarium fish. Cory Catfish are cute, energetic, just the right size for most aquariums, don't hide, and are always hungry, so they are constantly scavenging the gravel for bits of food.
But they're not a substitute for cleaning your aquarium and changing some of the water. Click here for more about aquarium maintenance. All Corydoras Catfish go to the surface of the water from time to time and swallow a bubble of air. They force this bubble of air down into their intestines, where they can absorb the oxygen.
Click here to listen to Steve Corandan, a professional fish breeder and the owner of Corandan's Tropical Fish in Florence, NJ, talk about how to to breed Corydoras Catfish in an aquarium.
Corydoras Catfish enjoy schooling together. They can easily distinguish members of their species from other species of Corydoras Catfish. Long ago a friend of mine, named Pat, had a very large aquarium. It was about six feet long with over 100-gallons of water. There were three or four schools of Corydoras species.
Maybe ten to twenty Corys in each school. Once in a while two schools would swim through each other, and none of the Corys would ever get confused and join the group with another species. It was fun to watch and kind of amazing.
Aeneus Cory Cat
Bronze Cory Cat
Leopard Cory Cat
Peppered Cory Cat
Pink Cory Cat
Probably aeneus and/or paleatus
Sterba's Cory Cat
Panda Cory Catfish
Emerald Green Cat
There are many more species of Corydoras Catfish and some are available from time to time.
Click here now to buy several different species of Cory Catfish.
An freshwater aquarium with an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4-inch of gravel, and an aquarium heater adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.
Floating flake food for Tropical Fish. Hikari makes sinking food specifically for Catfish, but be careful and do not feed more than your fish can eat. Be sure your fish eat all the food you feed them, because uneaten food will soon spoil and pollute the aquarium water. Click here for more about feeding fish. I feed my Cory Catfish a few live Black Worms every other day. Click here for more about Black Worms.
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Armored Catfish enjoy being together so keep a group with at least six Cory Catfish of the same species together in the same aquarium. If you have a large aquarium, say 50 or more gallons of water, you can keep two different types of Corydoras Catfish and have fun watching each type keep its own school.
Armored Corydoras Catfish are good tank mates for Livebearers such as Mollies, Swordtails, and Platies, or for Fancy Guppies. Angelfish do well with Corydoras Catfish. Small Tetras such as Neon Tetras, or Bigger Tetras such as Black Skirt Tetras and Serpae Tetras also do well with Corydoras Catfish. Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.
Gallery of Corydoras pictures
Shown above, an Aeneus Cory Catfish. There are many Cory Catfish and this is commonest species.
Shown above, two Pink Cory Catfish.
Just above, two pictures of Corydoras sterbai, Sterba's Cory Catfish.
Just above, three pictures of Corydoras julii, The Leopard Cory Cat. We've recently been told that this fish is actually Corydoras trilineatus.
The so-called Neon Orange Corydoras catfish.
Just above, two pictures of Rebauti's Corydoras
Above, two pictures of Corydoras melanisticus eating bit of food from the bottom of one of our aquariums.
Above, a large Corydoras agassizii swimming on it's way to the surface of the water for a small gulp of air.
Above, an unidentified Corydoras species, that ended up in one of DrTom's own aquariums. Sometimes there is an unidentified fish mixed with other fishes coming from the Amazon Rainforest. We call them stowaways, and apparently this fish was a stowaway.
Size and Lifespan
Armored Catfish have a lifespan of many years, perhaps 20-years and more. Their maximum sizes are listed in the table above.
Books about Corydoras Catfish
The books shown below are listed on Amazon.com. You can click on the underlined title or the image of a book to go to the page at Amazon.com, where that
book is listed and discussed. In some cases you can preview several of the pages in that book.
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about Corydoras Catfish at Amazon.com .
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