Max Size: 6.5cm

Desana Corydoras (Corydoras desana)

The Desana Corydoras is a peaceful and sociable fish that make excellent members of a community aquarium with other peaceful species or in a species only aquarium. However, due to this fish's sensitivity to water conditions, they are not suitable for the beginner aquarist. In the wild, these Corys shoal together, so ideally, it would be best to keep these Corys in a group of at least six individuals; otherwise, they may become withdrawn, easily stressed and more susceptible to illness.

Ideal tankmates for Desana Corydoras could include other bottom dwellers such as Otocinclus, Tetras, Pencilfish, Dwarf Cichlids such as Apistogrammas, Rasboras and smaller Barbs. You can also house these fish with Shrimp and aquarium snails. However, you should not house them with aggressive fish, as they may get harmed by this fish's venomous spines if they try to attack them.

Ideally, it would be best to use fine sand as a substrate in your aquarium, although smooth gravel can also be used, provided you clean it regularly. Aquarium decor is unnecessary; however, you should provide some cover using bogwood, rocks or tall or floating aquatic plants, so these fish have some security if needed. It would also benefit your fish if you added some dried leaf litter.

The Desana Corydoras has an iridescent cream body contrasted by three prominent dark blotches along the body. The first blotch can be found on their head at eye level, the second humeral blotch is on their dorsal fin level, and the third blotch is on their caudal peduncle. In addition, the opercular region of their body is partly translucent and a reddish colour due to underlying gills. These Corys also possess six narrow vertical stripes that start on the caudal fin base moving to the tip of the caudal fin lobes, and they have a discreet vertical dark line on the middle of their anal fin. The remaining fins are transparent. Finally, their eyes are black with an inner yellow ring, and they have a saddle nose.

Tank Mates for the Desana Corydoras

1 ideal tank mate ideas for the Desana Corydoras include:

Agassizs Corydoras(Corydoras agassizii)
Quick Facts
Scientific NameCorydoras desana
Year Described2017
Other NamesCW011
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyIntermediate - Advanced
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH5 - 15
TDS18 - 90
73 - 79℉
22.8 - 26.1℃

Photos of the Desana Corydoras

Desana Corydoras

Natural Habitat

You can only find Desana Corydoras's in Igarapé Castanha, a tributary of the Rio Tiquié in Brazil's upper Rio Negro Basin in South America. Here they inhabit clear waters with a substantial amount of sediments in rivers, streams and oxbow lakes. Rainforests surround their habitats, and the substrate in their habitats is usually sandy.

Rio Negro

What to feed the Desana Corydoras

Desana Corydoras are foraging omnivores that primarily feed on small worms, crustaceans, insects, detritus and plant matter in the wild. However, these fish will readily accept flakes, granules, sinking dry foods, and frozen or live foods such as Tubifex, bloodworms, and brine shrimp in the aquarium.

Providing your Corys with a mixed diet will ensure the fish are in the best health. However, you should not expect these fish to survive on leftover food from other aquarium occupants or rely on them to clean the aquarium.

How to sex the Desana Corydoras

It can be quite challenging to differentiate between male and female Desana Corydoras; however, the females seem to grow slightly larger than males and are more full-bodied; this is best observed when looking from above. In contrast, males are somewhat smaller and will typically have more pointed fins.

How to breed the Desana Corydoras

There is currently little information on how to breed Desana Corydoras as they have only recently been described; however, they will more than likely breed similarly to other Corydoras species.

It would be best to have a separate tank with two or more males per female. When the females are noticeably full of eggs, you should perform a significant 50 to 70 per cent water change with cooler water and increase the oxygenation and flow in the tank. It would help if you then repeated this daily until the fish spawn.

The Desana Corydoras will deposit its eggs on the tank glass, amongst fine-leaved plants or within submerged spawning mops. Once spawning is complete, you should remove either the adults or the eggs. If you decide to move the eggs, the raising tank will need to have the same water parameters as the spawning tank and be similarly well-oxygenated. Some breeders add a few drops of methylene blue or alder cones into the raising tank to stop the eggs from developing fungus.

The incubation period is usually is 3 to 4 days, and once the fry has consumed their yolk sacs, you can provide them with small live foods like microworm and baby brine shrimp.

Desana Corydoras fry can be quite challenging to raise, requiring excellent water quality. Still, they seem less susceptible to diseases when maintained over a thin layer of sand instead of a bare tank.

Other Corydoras of interest

Adolfos Catfish(Corydoras adolfoi)
Agassizs Corydoras(Corydoras agassizii)
Albino Corydoras(Corydoras aeneus)
Banded Corydoras(Scleromystax barbatus)
Bandit Corydoras(Corydoras melini)
Black Venezuela Corydoras(Corydoras schultzei "Black Venezuela")
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Date Added: 24/03/2022 13:59:56 - Updated: 01/04/2022 13:47:54