Max Size: 5cm

Axelrods Corydoras (Corydoras axelrodi)

The Axelrod's Corydoras is a small, attractive, peaceful Catfish ideal for a well-established, soft water community aquarium. These Corys are not too difficult to keep and are suitable for the beginner aquarist; however, these Corys require clean water high in oxygen and an adequate supply of food on the bottom of the tank.

These Corys are very sociable, and you should keep them in a group of 6 or more individuals. Keeping these fish in more significant numbers will produce an attractive display and make your fish feel more comfortable, bringing them out more often.

Ideal tankmates for Axelrod's Corydoras include small, peaceable tankmates such as small to medium-sized Cyprinids, Characins, Gouramis and Dwarf Cichlids. However, it would be best to avoid housing these fish with much larger, more aggressive species as they will feel intimidated and refuse to eat.

It would be best if you used a soft sandy substrate in the aquarium and provided your Catfish with some cover using driftwood or bogwood alongside some areas of dense planting, as this will give your fish security. It is essential that you regularly maintain your aquarium; this includes frequent partial water changes to keep your fish in tip-top condition.

The Axelrodi Corydoras can be somewhat variable in appearance and may have between one and three dark horizontal stripes on their bodies. In addition, these fish have pinkish-gold bodies, a black dorsal fin with a translucent top section and two pairs of semi-transparent pinkish pectoral and pelvic fins.


Axelrod's Corydoras
Axelrod's Corydoras
Axelrods Corydoras
Quick Facts
Scientific NameCorydoras axelrodi
Year Described1962
Other NamesPink Corydoras, Axelrod's Cory
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan4 - 6 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.5 - 7.5
GH5 - 20
TDS18 - 215
72 - 79℉
22.2 - 26.1℃

Natural Habitat

Meta River


In the home aquarium, the Axelrods Corydoras will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is somewhat straightforward to differentiate between the male and female Axelrod's Corydoras. The females will usually grow larger than the males and will have much rounder and broader bodies. In contrast, the males are slimmer and smaller than females.

Other Corydoras of interest

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Araguaia Corydoras(Corydoras araguaiaensis)
Armatus Corydoras(Corydoras armatus)
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Date Added: 27/06/2022 11:08:02 - Updated: 27/06/2022 12:54:22