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so ideally, it would be best to keep these Corys in a group of at least six individuals; otherwise, they may become withdrawn, easily stressed and more susceptible to illness.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.


Desana Corydoras
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℃

Natural Habitat

Rio Negro


In the home aquarium, the Desana 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.

Tank Mates

1 interesting tank mate ideas for the Desana Corydoras could include:

Agassizs Corydoras(Corydoras agassizii)

Sexual Dimorphism

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.

Other Corydoras of interest

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Agassizs Corydoras(Corydoras agassizii)
Albino Corydoras(Corydoras aeneus)
Araguaia Corydoras(Corydoras araguaiaensis)
Armatus Corydoras(Corydoras armatus)
Axelrods Corydoras(Corydoras axelrodi)
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Date Added: 24/03/2022 13:59:56 - Updated: 08/08/2022 14:00:53