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

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Scientific NameCorydoras axelrodi  Rössel, 1962
Common NamesAxelrod's Cory
Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany), Pink Cory
Type LocalityRío Meta, Colombia.
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - ack sell ROD 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. Herbert Axelrod.
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Size 50mm or 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.
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: Colombia: Rio Meta
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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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 TankmatesAll Corydoras should be kept in groups of at least 6 of the same species. Otherwise compatible with most other types of fish that are reasonably peaceful, as long as they don't see a Corydoras as a snack.
BreedingHas been bred in the aquarium.
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ReferencesSenckenb. Biol.v. 43 (no. 5) - pp335 - Figs. 1-3
Registered Keepers(1) ivokilli, (2) Coryman, (3) Yan, (4) Barracuda518 (k: 11), (5) philtre, (6) cwm, (7) Daragh, (8) Yannalau (k: 36), who also notes: "If you want to breed these little guys, I found that keeping temperature low (22C),plenty of blood worms, low pH (5-6) and especially privacy did the trick. I got nothing out of them until I removed all tank-mates. Now they wont stop! So cute! I love corydoras but these would have to be my fav.", (9) awzen, (10) raccou (k: 11), (11) teddyman5, (12) kamas88 (p: 2, k: 3), who also notes: "It seems that one speciman is in fact CW021", (13) Kets (k: 4), (14) Dixen (DK) (k: 8), (15) Kampfer, (16) thejudgement (k: 3), (17) saphphx (k: 4), (18) bamboosticks (k: 2), (19) Coryologist, (20) markhinch, (21) kruseman (k: 5), (22) NC24, (23) boyneburn (k: 12), (24) jp11biod, (25) dave.h, (26) Mark Roesner, (27) arapaimag (k: 6), (28) 2wheelsx2 (k: 12), (29) donpetty (k: 5), who also notes: "I have had these for about 4 months and they are just getting large enough to attempt to breed.", (30) gforcefx, (31) Vess, (32) lasteeves (k: 3), (33) anthonyking, (34) gossei, (35) ChristianS (k: 13), (36) Baxter4568 (k: 8), (37) estherevans, (38) crazyjock (k: 4), (39) duxallinarow, (40) rmc (k: 4), (41) Lee Meadows, (42) daveh01772, (43) chewy922, (44) 4evercories, (45) scandicman (k: 8), (46) benma (k: 48), (47) Mvinyl (k: 3), (48) Junglejason, (49) eelsnot (k: 4), (50) Coolcorycats, (51) fishiephil, (52) gulogulo (k: 7), (53) los66, (54) protopterus, (55) Don Kinyon (k: 15), (56) KeXx (k: 20), (57) Piotr, (58) Mexnotex, (59) PaulyCory, (60) Littleleeper23 (k: 12), (61) Brackon, (62) Mogl, (63) jmw975 (k: 7), (64) Damian.

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Breeding Reports(1) scandicman (b: 51), (2) rmc (b: 45), (3) Mexnotex (b: 42).
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Breeding Corydoras axelrodi
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