Axelrod's Corydoras Catfish

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Corydoras axelrodi - Rössel, 1962
Axelrod's Corydoras Catfish

A smaller "cory" catfish similar to C. panda. Aaron Norman


This is a delightful, modestly sized catfish that is perfect for a beginner's aquarium. Corydoras species are "armored" catfish with two main rows of overlapping, bony plates on their bodies.

Family: Callichthyidae

Other common name(s):

  • Pink Corydoras

Native range:

Habitat: Will be seen continuously and industrially searching the substrate for food. The best choice is either fine-grade or rounded gravel.

Maximum length: 5 cm (2 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 10 L (3 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom


Omnivore. Considered scavengers, these fishes are often neglected when it comes to feeding. They must be fed in the morning and just after the lights are extinguished at night to ensure optimum health and prepare them for spawning. Will accept a wide variety of meaty and herbivore aquarium fare, including flakes and pellets, especially those specifically designed for corys.

Aquarium Compatibility

Their constant grubbing keeps the substrate will stirred and free of stagnant pockets.

Special Care

All Corydoras do best when kept in groups. Always buy at least two or three of the same species.


The larger female carries fertilized eggs between her ventral fins and deposits them on glass panes, leaves or stones. Fry are easily raised in a well-established tank with a layer of mulm.


Provide hiding places, such as driftwood, rocks or inverted flowerpots.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: AN
Text credit: KW