Max Size: 5cm

Elegant Corydoras (Corydoras elegans)

Elegant Corydoras are a striking and most distinctive fish, and they are also a peaceful and sociable fish that makes an excellent addition to the community aquarium.

These Corys are not to difficult to keep and are suitable for the beginner aquarist; however, the Elegant Corydoras requires clean water that is high in oxygen and an adequate supply of food on the bottom of the tank.

Because of their social nature, keeping these fish in groups of at least six individuals is advisable.

This species is widespread in the aquarium hobby, and unlike the majority of Corydoras, these Corys seem to spend most of their time away from the substrate. They do not seem to disturb the sediment as much, often forming gatherings in midwater.

The Elegant Corys body is marbled with greyish-brown markings on an olive background. Compared with other Corydoras species, the body is not as tall compared to its length, and its eyes are set a bit lower.

A dark, dark-edged, wedge-shaped band extends from the rear part of the head to the caudal peduncle, and its anterior portion passes through several blotches. Below this band along the flanks is a pale stripe which, in turn, has a row of dark spots along its lower edge. Their gill cover is a pale blue, and their fins are grey. A mottled and spotted pattern exists in the head area.


Elegant corydoras
Quick Facts
Scientific NameCorydoras elegans
Other NamesElegant Catfish, CW044
OriginsBrazil, Ecuador, Peru
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan5 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH2 - 25
TDS18 - 268
72 - 79℉
22.2 - 26.1℃

Natural Habitat

Itaya River
Nanay River
Rio Napo


In the home aquarium, the Elegant 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 relatively straightforward to distinguish the males from female Elegant Corydoras. Mature females are larger and appear fuller when viewed from above, and their dorsal fin is usually transparent. In contrast, Adult males often display a more ornate and intense colour pattern and have three reticulated bands on the dorsal fin.

Other Corydoras of interest

Adolfos Catfish(Corydoras adolfoi)
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: 28/01/2021 - Updated: 08/08/2022 14:04:41