Cat-eLog Right Arrow Callichthyidae Right Arrow Corydoradinae Right Arrow Corydoras

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Scientific NameCorydoras eques  Steindachner, 1876
Common Name(s)Horsemans Cory
Panzerwels (Germany)
Type LocalityAmazon R. at Codajás, Amazonas, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Osteogaster eques
PronunciationKory DOOR ass
EtymologyCory = helmet, doras = skin. In this case it was incorrectly used to mean armour (cuirasse) instead of skin in allusion to the dual rows of plates that run along the flanks of this genus. Lat. eques horseman, rider.
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Size 55mm or 2.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationCorydoras are identified by their twin rows of armour plates along the flanks and by having fewer than 10 dorsal fin rays. They are most commonly confused with the other genera in the sub-family, namely Brochis, Scleromystax and Aspidoras.

Characterised by the large saddle shaped dark greenish brown body marking, from which it gets its common name.
SexingFemales larger in overall body length and have a fuller more rounded body shape.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazon River basin.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 8.0
Temperature22.5-26.0°C or 72.5-78.8°F (Show others within this range)
Other ParametersdH 2-16.
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FeedingWill accept a wide range of commercial foods including tablets, granules and flakes. Live (or frozen) foods such as bloodworm, white worm, grindal worm, Daphnia and tubifex are readily accepted.
FurnitureSubstrate should be a fine smooth-grained sand.
CompatibilityA peaceful species best kept in groups of five or more. Tank mates should be of a similar temperament.
Suggested TankmatesSmall to medium Terra's, Barbs, Anabantoids and Danios make ideal tank mates.
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesSitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 74 (1. Abth.) - pp140 [92] - Pl. 12 (fig. 3-3a) Identifying Corydoradinae Catfish. Ian A. M. Fuller & Hans-Georg Evers. ISBN 0-9540872-2-4 p122.
Registered Keepers(1) Coryman, (2) anitabritt (k: 15), (3) PhiltheNelson, (4) Okefenokee, (5) Yann (k: 4), (6) Birger Amundsen, (7) Rita Aspevik (k: 17), (8) Hitch (k: 6), (9) NC24, (10) janne dahle (k: 11), (11) Magnus Nodland, (12) Mowin (k: 10), (13) Kampfer, (14) Mark Roesner, (15) mummymonkey (k: 154), who also notes: "About 400 or so eggs laid near the surface on plant leaves. Fry have the same pattern as Corydoras rabauti.", (16) saltcop, (17) jp11biod, (18) soltarii007, (19) mace, (20) wackytpt, (21) chef, (22) KansasGuppyGuy (k: 14), (23) Anders Kaste (k: 5), (24) Bjørn, (25) Cashflo, (26) Eric Bodrock (p: 2, k: 16), who also notes: "Doing great but no spawns yet!", (27) biker-1975, (28) Regina (k: 3), (29) crazyjock (k: 4), (30) ryanqin (p: 2), (31) donpetty (k: 6), (32) Valb68 (k: 8), who also notes: "Wild Caught", (33) Lee Meadows, (34) Sean B, (35) kamas88 (k: 8), who also notes: "6x CW043 (Peru)", (36) Nabobmob1 (k: 3), (37) sushi1980, (38) Mruaru, (39) rmc, (40) christiansen (k: 6), who also notes: "Wild Caught", (41) wolfie1279, (42) Goodeid608, (43) Arron_N (k: 4), (44) And3rs, (45) Zulan, (46) huskypp (k: 33), (47) adcc (k: 3), (48) francoisMtl (k: 20), (49) Bruno Magis, (50) DJay, (51) menno1988, (52) Tamcon83 (k: 7), (53) Mathias, (54) Junglejason, (55) GeirO, (56) t195 (k: 8).

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Breeding Reports(1) mummymonkey (b: 55), (2) Rita Aspevik (b: 53), (3) Zulan (b: 50).
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Last Update2011 Aug 12 00:17 (species record created: 2004 Aug 22 00:00)