Bronze Corydoras (Corydoras Aeneus) Fish Species Profile
The Bronze Corydoras is a small, peaceful freshwater catfish that has become quite popular in the home aquarium. This species of fish is easy to care for and are incredibly hardy but can be somewhat shy. They are incredibly eye-catching because of the variety of body colours they possess, and they are fascinating.
They sport an elongated body, an arched back and have a short, rounded snout. This fish has two pairs of barbels present on their jaws which expand nearly up to the gill slits.
The Bronze Corydoras displays a yellow, crimson body with a whitish belly and a grey-blue back. The body flank is usually greenish, and the fins are pinky-red or yellow, and just before the dorsal fin, an orangy brown design is seen on the head.
Like all Corydoras, this species is protected with overlaying scales known as scutes or plates. Their dorsal fin has one spine with seven soft rays while the anal fin bears 1-2 spines with 5-6 soft rays. The caudal fin is forked, and an additionally pointed barb is present in the pectoral, dorsal, and adipose fins.
|Scientific Name||Corydoras Aeneus|
|Other Names||Brown Cory, Bronze catfish, Gold Lazer Cory, Light Spot Corydoras, Bronze Cory, green Corydoras|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Trios|
|Lifespan||5 - 10 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 7 cm|
|Temperature||75 - 80 ℉ (23.9 - 26.7 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||8 - 12|
The Bronze Corydoras can be found in Argentina, Columbia, Venezuela and Trinidad to the Rio de la Plata Basin on the Eastern side of the Andes, in South America. They inhabit quiet, shallow, slow-moving rivers and streams where soft muddy bottoms are present.
This species has a unique ability to breath air from the water's surface, making this one of the very few fish that are able to thrive in stagnant water.
Bronze Corydoras will accept almost anything you feed them but to sustain them in good health a variety of foods should be offered. Things like flake food, to frozen or freeze-dried foods such as daphnia, blackworms, brine shrimp and bloodworms. Because these fish are bottom feeders sinking algae pellets and catfish pellets are also advisable.