Elegans Corydora, Corydoras Elegans, is a peaceful shoaling catfish. They are also known as the Elegant cory. They are fairly widespread in the western Amazon basin, with records showing collections at various locations in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil.
The Elegans Cory is a pretty species- the underside of the body is pale, but the rest of the body has dark black and gold reticulated patterns. This patterning is much more dramatic on adult males, with the females staying a duller colour.
Elegans Corys are generally easy fish to care for, providing basic needs are met. They do best on a fine substrate, either sand or micro gravel. Corydoras will root around in substrate looking for food, so sharp substrates can damage the barbels at the front of their mouths. Other décor is largely down to personal taste. Areas of cover will provide security, resulting in more outgoing and active fish.
Corydoras thrive best in clean water with stable parameters, with a pH of between 6.5-7 being ideal.
Elegans corys are easy to sex as adults. Males are smaller but more colourful, with a vivid black and gold pattern on their flanks. Females tend to be bigger and are rounder and broader-bodied. Females also tend to be duller in colour. A ratio of one female to every two males is ideal if attempting to breed them. Corydora are a shoaling catfish, and thrive best in groups of 5 or more.
Elegans Corydora feeding requirements
Elegans Corydora are omnivorous in diet and will eagerly accept dried, frozen, and live foods. A good quality protein-based tablet or granule is ideal as a staple diet, supplemented with frozen food enriched with garlic and vitamins. This will ensure good health and vibrant colours. Live food, especially tubifex and bloodworm always goes down well too!
Here at the Abyss Aquatic Warehouse we believe in only providing the best for our customers. All of our fish are fed a varied diet of dried and frozen foods. Also, we ensure they are in perfect condition before they are shipped out.