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Scientific NameCorydoras elegans  Steindachner, 1876
Common NamesElegant Cory
Elegant Pansermalle (Denmark), Panzerwels/Corydoras - Catfish (Germany)
Type LocalityAmazon R. at Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Corydoras pestai
PronunciationKory DOOR ass - ELL ee ganz
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. From the Latin, elegans meaning tasteful, fine.
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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.

A very variable species not made easier to identify by the difference in colouration of mature males and females. Similar to C. napoensis, C. nanus and C. sp. CW044 (often called C. pestai), C. undulatus and a few variations thereof.
SexingAs depicted above, the male is smaller, less high bodied, slender and more strikingly patterned.
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DistributionBrazil: Rio Amazonas near Tefé, Rio Solimoes
Ecuador: Rio Aguarico system, Rio Napo drainage system
Peru: Rio Ucayali, Rio Ampiyacu, Rio Nanay drainage, Rio yavari, Rio Tamaya
Colombia: Rio Caquetta, Rio Amazonas, Rio Solimoes
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo, Aguarico (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Napo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Ampiyacu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Nanay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali, Upper Ucayali, Tamaya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Yavari (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Japurá, Caquetá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.4
Temperature22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersWater composition not vital but slightly softer water within the above ranges will bring out the best colouration in the males.
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FeedingFlake, tablets. Live food such as whiteworm, bloodworm, brineshrimp and tubifex (sparingly). Frozen bloodworm is more easily supplied and seems to bring on growth in sub-adults very satisfactorily.
FurnitureThis fish quite likes mid-water and so provide shady open space surrounded by low plants to provide cover and a few refuges at the outskirts of the main swimming area.
CompatibilityAs for all Corys, a perfect citizen.
Suggested TankmatesOther similar Corydoras, dwarf cichlids and tetras. A robust species that will adapt to larger peaceful tankmates. Keep in a shoal of at least 6.
BreedingInteresting in that this fish is not reported to follow the usual Corydoras method of reproduction. Eggs are laid by the female and placed by the female in the usual manner, but the preceding T-position clinch does not occur. Fertilisation appears to occur after the eggs are placed on plants or the aquarium glass. Fry emerge after 3 days and are free swimming in another two. The fry are quite small and should be offered small foods such as microworm or powdered pre-soaked flake food. It is also reported that males become very aggressive in the lead up to spawning and no more than three are suggested.
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ReferencesSitzungsber. Akad. Wiss. Wienv. 74 (1. Abth.) - pp141 [93]
Registered Keepers(1) Jools (k: 12), who also notes: "This group of fish were collected in the Peruvian amazon by me in 2000.", (2) synoguy, (3) natefrog, (4) Dick F., (5) Chrysichthys (k: 2), (6) hellocatfish, (7) amergim, (8) Coryologist, (9) geoffkemp, who also notes: "Bought this, thinking it was corydoras paleatus", (10) fmagnier, (11) Yan, (12) jdsworld8 (k: 3), (13) loafingloach, (14) Andersonic (k: 3), (15) Birger Amundsen, (16) Coryman (p: 2), (17) fulvioander (k: 3), (18) T4FR (k: 2), who also notes: "I bought one lonely strange looking cory, which was pretending to be a Zebra Danio. I turned out to be a Corydoras elegans Variante V from peru. Sadly I was unable to give it a place in a school of other elegans, so it ended up with one other elegans", (19) foffo (k: 10), (20) corydoras, (21) Bigpig (k: 6), (22) sarae, (23) Julie, (24) mante-religieuse, who also notes: "very small and active!", (25) Brie, (26) jopbgon (k: 5), (27) apisto-nut (k: 14), (28) Kampfer, (29) Kets (k: 3), (30) gem400, (31) AlaskanCorydoras (k: 5), who also notes: "My LFS had elegans in 4 different tanks, at 3 different prices. The tank I bought out of had the least expensive, and most stressed individuals. I bought them intentionally, as my 55 is set right in the ideal zone for the fish. ", (32) emperorted, (33) jha61, (34) Minus, (35) Nick44 (k: 3), (36) saphphx (k: 2), (37) tbm, (38) MichaelC95, (39) irshprncsk (p: 2, k: 4), (40) ginagv (k: 4), (41) corybreed, (42) dave.h, (43) gem997, (44) Mark Roesner, (45) ars (k: 13), (46) CATMANdrew (k: 4), (47) donpetty (k: 7), who also notes: "Have had these Corys for about 1 month and really like the Elegans family. they are great looking catfish.", (48) Decker504, (49) mace, (50) tjudy, (51) GregK, (52) Vess, (53) yogi88 (k: 40), (54) gossei (k: 6), who also notes: "Combination of F0 and F1.", (55) kwalker (k: 7), (56) Travis Webb, (57) Lee Meadows, (58) adcc, (59) fishdoc313 (k: 7), who also notes: "Spawned 10/4/13 12 eggs retrieved and transferred to breeder tank. All eggs hatched, but next day only 2 fry remain. 11/22 fry 1.4 cm, transferred to 10.6", (60) Sean B, (61) TKL, (62) daveh01772, (63) Matturbin, (64) ted williams, who also notes: "In a community tank 20 gal. Long with 3 C. Paleatus, 2 Female Cherry Barbs, 1 Serpae Tetra, 2 White Clouds, and 6 small Glow Light Tetras. This is my old timer tank, as all but the Glow Lights are 4 years old or older.", (65) jvision, (66) Nabobmob1, (67) acharman, (68) Goodeid608, (69) rmc, (70) PlecosAndLoaches (k: 9), (71) rcbows (k: 8), who also notes: "Haven't been able to get them to spawn. Almost over one year old. Still trying.", (72) scandicman (k: 7), (73) Eggheadfish, (74) Mvinyl (k: 2), (75) Fish777 (k: 5), (76) protopterus, (77) Don Kinyon (k: 5), (78) Samaki, (79) Gormets, (80) scott1601, (81) Mogl (k: 8), (82) dmcc445465, (83) lochness.

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Breeding Reports(1) fishdoc313 (b: 52), (2) scandicman (b: 50), (3) ars (b: 34), (4) Mvinyl (b: 13).
Article - CotM 2000 August
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