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Adolf's Cory
Corydoras adolfoi

Synonyms: None
Physical description: The body is stocky and deep, with an arched back. Two rows of bony plates make up each side of the fish. The upper has 21-23 plates, while the lower 19-21. Two pairs of barbels are located on the upper jaw. The body color is pale gold or white. A black band runs along its back and another stripe runs through the eye. An orange patch can be found between on top of the body, between the two black markings. This spot is an identifying characteristic of Adolf's Catfish. The fins are white in color.
Size/Length: To 2.5" (6.4 cm)
Similar species: Burgess' Cory ( Corydoras burgessi ), Bandit Cory (Corydoras metae ), Diagonal-stripe Cory ( Corydoras melini ), Panda Cory ( Corydoras panda )
H: South America; in white water tributaries of the Rio Negro (Peru).
A: bottom
Aquarium: 20" (60 cm) or 10 gallons (38 L). As for other Corydoras species. See genus description
Water chemistry: pH 6.2-7.8 (7.0); 2-30 dH (9); 75-84°F (24-29°C)
FOOD: Live; aquatic insects, white worms, Tubifex , Brine Shrimp, insect larvae; tablets; flake
Social behavior: Follow suggestions for the genus description.
Social behavior: Smaller tetras, Discus, Dwarf Cichlids, Livebearers, Gouramis, Barbs, Danios, Killifish
Suggested companions: The females are larger and plumper behind their pectoral fins, and less colorful. Easier to sex when viewed from above.
Breeding techniques: See C. panda .
Breeding potential: 8. This catfish is difficult to breed.
Remarks: A recent addition to the hobby.
Difficulty of care: 2. A hardy fish recommended for most community tanks.


By Rhett Butler   Mongabay.com