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

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Scientific NameCorydoras agassizii  Steindachner, 1876
Common Name(s)Agassiz's Corydoras
Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany), Spotted Cory
Type LocalityAmazon R. near Tabatinga, Brazil.
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - aga SEEZ eye
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. Named to honour Dr. J. Louis R. Agassiz.
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Size 70mm or 2.8" 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.
SexingFemales grow larger and are more full-bodied, this is best observed from above the fish. Males will typically have more pointed as opposed to more rounded fin tips as they mature.
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DistributionSouth America: Peru: Iquitos
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 8.0
Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show others within this range)
Other ParametersdH 2-25.
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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.
FurnitureShade provided by overhanging rock work, arching bogwood, tall or floating plants are all that is required. Ideally substrate should be sand, but rounded gravel is an imperfect alternative. Avoid keeping over rough edged (chipped) gravel, this will increase this risk of damage the fishes barbels when it tries to dig.
CompatibilityA peaceful, shoaling, community fish.
Suggested TankmatesKeep in a shoal of at least 6 individuals.
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ReferencesSitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 74 (1. Abth.), pp 138-140 [90-92], Plate 12 (figs. 2-2a).
Registered Keepers(1) fish fodder (k: 2), (2) Lornek8, (3) amergim, (4) Yan, (5) azfisher (k: 3), (6) Cyberbob, (7) Tulio, (8) foffo (k: 5), (9) Barracuda518 (k: 6), (10) Igowoof, (11) Dawg57 (k: 2), (12) greigzee (k: 3), (13) Coryman, (14) fulvioander (k: 2), (15) soobie123, who also notes: "One of a group of three "spotted cories" from Petsmart.", (16) anitabritt (k: 4), who also notes: "4 wc adults probarly 2,2 ", (17) nooneknows (k: 8), (18) kamas88 (p: 2), (19) gem400, (20) arzerkle, (21) tcmfish (k: 2), (22) saphphx (k: 3), (23) 2wheelsx2 (k: 26), (24) stensson (k: 7), (25) inkyjenn (k: 26), (26) fishpimpin, (27) Vision Dancer, (28) Nabobmob1, (29) Amazoniensis (k: 6), (30) This Old Spouse (p: 2), (31) KansasGuppyGuy (k: 6), (32) Corygal (k: 10), who also notes: "Wild caught. Lovely shoaling species, beautiful to watch.", (33) MHS, (34) Biulu (p: 2, k: 6), (35) Redfish (k: 2), (36) Vess, (37) corycrazy, (38) Albert (k: 6), who also notes: "A beautiful and calm species of cory .", (39) darr3ll, (40) FerocactusLatispinus, who also notes: "R.I.P. Spots. It got stuck in a plant and over two day's time, suffered severe brain damage from initial lack of oxygen. I feed it in time, but it degenerated. I had clove oil handy.", (41) keig0006 (k: 6), (42) TDMG82, (43) andersonpe, (44) Shazray, (45) RolandNL, (46) Shaddex, (47) Lee Meadows, (48) fishdoc313 (k: 3), (49) kimbo, (50) Sean B (p: 2), (51) underpants52, (52) Tamcon83 (k: 6), (53) sushi1980, (54) ravenxcoree (k: 6), (55) dpm1 (k: 6), who also notes: "Mislabeled in shop but believe they are Agassizii, although the 'black fin ribs' often quoted aren't present. More skittish than any of my other corys.", (56) krazyGeoff, (57) irshprncsk (k: 3), (58) LostYeti (k: 6), (59) vince0, (60) evojoey, (61) scandicman (k: 5), (62) slayer5590, (63) PabloG (k: 9), (64) zn30, (65) nytenoir (k: 4), (66) jodilynn, (67) Waldharjaz (k: 5), (68) Littleleeper23, (69) pippilee, (70) aqua_maniacs, (71) Evy, (72) Per Jensen.

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Last Update2015 Jul 30 03:26 (species record created: 2001 Apr 30 00:00)