Adolfoi Corydora

(6 customer reviews)


2-3 cm

Common Name: Adolfoi Corydora

Latin Name: Corydoras Adolfoi

Latin Name Translation: Named after Adolfo Schwartz, an ichthyologist who collected the type specimens.

Synonyms: None

Tank Bred: Adolfoi Corydora is primarily a wild-caught species, but tank-bred specimens are available in the aquarium trade.

Distribution: The Adolfoi Corydora is naturally occurring in the upper Rio Negro basin in Brazil, specifically the Rio Uaupés, a tributary of the Rio Negro.

Max Size: Adolfoi Corydora reaches a maximum size of around 2 inches (5 centimetres).

Lifespan: With proper care, Adolfoi Corydora can live for about 5 to 7 years.

Temperature Range: Adolfoi Corydora thrives within a temperature range of 75-80°F (24-27°C).

pH Range: Adolfoi Corydora prefers slightly acidic to neutral water conditions with a pH range of 6.0-7.5.

KH Range: Adolfoi Corydora prefers a moderate to high carbonate hardness (KH) range of 4-12 dKH.

Care Level: Adolfoi Corydora is considered to have a moderate care level and is suitable for intermediate aquarists.

Lighting Preference: Adolfoi Corydora does not have specific lighting preferences and can adapt well to various lighting conditions.

Suitable for Planted Tanks: Yes, Adolfoi Corydora is suitable for planted tanks. However, ensure the substrate is not too rough to avoid damaging their delicate barbels.

Preferred Food: Adolfoi Corydora is an omnivorous species and accepts a variety of foods, including high-quality sinking pellets, live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia.

Behaviour: Adolfoi Corydora is peaceful and social fish that should be kept in groups of at least six individuals. They spend most of their time scavenging the bottom of the aquarium for food.

Discoverer: Adolfoi Corydora is named after Adolfo Schwartz, an ichthyologist who collected the type specimens.

Interesting Facts: Adolfoi Corydora is known for its beautiful coloration, characterized by a vibrant orange or red body with distinct black markings. It has a unique habit of “resting” on its pectoral fins when stationary, which adds to its charm and appeal.

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The Adolfoi Corydora, also known as Corydoras Adolfoi, is a captivating freshwater fish native to the Rio Negro basin in Brazil. It showcases a stunning display of colours and features that will surely captivate any observer.

With its compact body and smooth lines, the Adolfoi Corydora exudes an elegant and streamlined appearance that enhances its graceful movements. Its body is adorned with a beautiful combination of vibrant hues. The base coloration is a rich and deep black, which serves as a striking contrast against the bright orange-gold pattern that adorns its sides.

The fish’s back is adorned with a vibrant splash of orange, resembling a brilliant sunrise over the rainforest canopy. From the gill covers, a dark stripe stretches across the length of the body, further accentuating its mesmerizing presence. The fins of the Adolfoi Corydora complement its body coloration, displaying hues of orange and black that harmonize with the overall aesthetic.

Its eyes, located on the sides of the head, are large and expressive, providing a glimpse into its curious and playful nature. The Adolfoi Corydora possesses a pair of delicate barbels protruding from its mouth, which it uses to navigate and search for food in the substrate.

As the fish gracefully glides through the water, its fins gently undulate, creating a mesmerizing visual display. The combination of its vibrant colours, sleek body shape, and lively movement make the Adolfoi Corydora a true visual spectacle, enticing anyone to observe its beauty.

Corydoras Adolfoi Natural Habitat

From the viewpoint of an Adolfoi Corydora swimming in its natural habitat, you would find yourself in the crystal-clear waters of the upper Rio Negro basin in Brazil. As you glide through the depths, the water appears like a shimmering mirror, reflecting the lush greenery and vibrant colours of the surrounding Amazon rainforest.

Sunlight filters through the dense canopy above, casting mesmerizing dappled patterns on the sandy or muddy riverbed beneath you. The substrate feels soft and smooth against your delicate barbels, inviting you to search for tasty morsels hidden within.

As you venture along the riverbanks, you pass clusters of aquatic plants gently swaying in the current. Their slender stems and delicate leaves provide shelter for small creatures and create a serene underwater landscape. You may encounter the occasional fallen branches or submerged tree roots, creating intricate and mysterious hiding spots for both prey and predators.

The water flow is gentle but steady, allowing you to navigate with ease and grace. Schools of tiny fish dart in and out of the vegetation, their vibrant colours blending harmoniously with the surrounding environment. In the distance, you may catch a glimpse of larger fish species, gracefully manoeuvring through the water columns.

Life teems abundantly in this thriving ecosystem. Snails and small crustaceans crawl along the riverbed, while insects buzz above the water’s surface. The occasional leaf or fruit falls from the overhanging trees, providing a source of nourishment for many organisms.

In this magical world, you feel a sense of tranquillity and harmony, as if you are part of a grand symphony of life. The diverse array of plants, animals, and microorganisms coexist in perfect balance, creating a thriving and interconnected web of existence.

As an Adolfoi Corydora, you are perfectly adapted to this intricate ecosystem. Your streamlined body allows you to navigate through the water effortlessly, while your sensitive barbels help you detect food particles hidden in the substrate. Your vivid yellow-gold coloration and distinctive black stripe provide camouflage amidst the dappled sunlight and contrasting shadows.

This is your home, a sanctuary of natural beauty and tranquillity. The ever-changing currents and vibrant life around you offer endless exploration and nourishment. In this captivating habitat, you play your part as a vital link in the intricate tapestry of life, a living testament to the wonders of nature.

Keeping Adolfoi Corydora Healthy

Adolfoi Corydora is a hardy fish that is relatively easy to care for. It requires a well-maintained aquarium with good water quality, temperature between 73-79°F (23-26°C), and pH around 6.5-7.5. Regular water changes and a balanced diet are essential for their well-being.

Special Requirements and Feeding

Adolfoi Corydora appreciates the presence of hiding spots like caves, driftwood, and live plants in the aquarium. They are omnivorous and accept a variety of foods, including high-quality flake or pellet food, live or frozen brine shrimp, bloodworms, and vegetable matter.

How Many Should I Keep?

Adolfoi Corydora is a social species, so it’s recommended to keep them in small groups of at least 6 individuals. This helps promote natural behaviour and reduces stress.

Lighting Preference

Adolfoi Corydora prefers moderate lighting conditions in the aquarium. Provide them with a mix of subdued and brighter light areas to mimic their natural habitat.

Suitable Tank Mates

Adolfoi Corydora is peaceful by nature, making it compatible with a variety of community fish. Good tank mates include other small, non-aggressive species like tetras, rasboras, and peaceful dwarf cichlids.

Breeding Adolfoi Corydora

Breeding Adolfoi Corydora can be achieved in a well-maintained aquarium with proper water conditions and the presence of suitable spawning sites. They are egg layers, and the adults do not exhibit parental care.

Sexual Dimorphism

In Adolfoi Corydora, females tend to have a rounder and larger body compared to males. Males develop more pronounced pectoral fins and may exhibit slight differences in coloration.


Adolfoi Corydora can live for approximately 5 to 7 years with proper care and a suitable environment.


Adolfoi Corydora is a naturally occurring species found in the upper Rio Negro basin in Brazil, specifically the Rio Uaupés, which is a tributary of the Rio Negro.

Summary Adolfoi Corydora is a captivating and social fish with its striking coloration and active nature. With proper care and suitable tank conditions, it can thrive in a community aquarium, adding beauty and charm to the aquatic environment.

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6 reviews for Adolfoi Corydora

  1. iwona semaine (verified owner)

    Very easy process ordering from Abyss with lots of community about the order process. Super cute, healthy little Adolfi arrived very well packaged. Now happy buzzing around the tank with a bunch of young orange corys. They are a joy to watch. I will be back for more in the future.

  2. Daniel Chandler (verified owner)

    Fish arrived save and well.very good packaging, really nice adolfoi.

  3. Ron Jones (verified owner)

    Lovely little Cory. Well packed and delivered. Thank you. Recommended

  4. Rennie Lee (verified owner)

    Great comms, taking alot of care and attention, great corys, happy and well looked after, arrived safe and well.

  5. Alan Jones (verified owner)

    Healthy Adolfoi, Happy Aquarist, ordered online, arrived on time in perfect Health, once acclimated , introduced to aquarium, straight away on the forage for food, perfect .. rather handsome little Cory’s too

  6. Alan Jones (verified owner)

    Healthy fish, Happy Aquarist
    Ordered the Adolfoi on-line, faultless , from order to delivery, delivered on time , perfectly packed, once acclimated , straight away foraging for food, handsome & healthy, 10/10 to Abyss , whom I would love to visit, but it will be 1st point for on-line if I can’t

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