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Adolfo's Corydoras

adolfo's corydoras

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Scientific Name:   Corydoras adolfoi      
Min. Tank Size:   25 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   70-79°F      
pH:   6.0-7.5/1-10°dGH       
Size:   2.5"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Well suited to the community tank; Characins, Cyprinids, Anabantoids, Dwarf Cichlids and other Catfish.

Adolfo's Corydoras

Also known as Adolfo's Catfish, Adolfo's Corydoras are native to the inland waters of the Rio Negro basin in Brazil. These fish tend to inhabit blackwater environments, particularly rivers and tributaries, where the water is acidic and stained with tannins. Similar in appearance to a number of other Corydoras, this species has a pale or silver body with a black band near the base of the caudal fin and over the eye. The thickness of these bands is what distinguishes this species from others in its family - Adolfo's Corydoras have thinner bands than other species such as the Panda Corydoras.

Tank Set-up

These fish prefer tanks decorated with sandy substrate and driftwood branches. They also appreciate the addition of leaf litter which will stain the water a light brown - remove and replace these leaves every few weeks before they rot. Though aquatic plants are generally not a feature in the natural habitat of Adolofo's Corydoras, these fish can thrive in planted tanks. This species tends to be peaceful in nature and is thus well suited to the general community tank. Adolfo's Corydoras thrive in groups with at least six of their own species and often become more active when kept with conspecifics.


Adolfo's Corydoras are unfussy in the home aquarium and are omnivorous by nature. To ensure proper health and coloration, offer these fish a staple diet of high-quality sinking pellets or wafers supplemented with live and frozen foods such as Daphnia, Artemia and bloodworms.


Breeding these Corydoras is similar to other Corydoras - they are best spawned in groups with two males for each female. Adolfo's Corydoras adopt the classic t-shaped spawning position in which the female clutches the eggs between her pelvic fins for the male to fertilize before she deposits them. After the eggs have been deposited on plant leaves or tank glass, the adults should be removed from the tank so they do not eat the eggs.

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