While undoubtedly a beautiful species, the claim made by this species’ common name seems somewhat excessive since there are numerous Corydoras species that could embody the label of “elegant” every bit as well as—or better than—this one. Several naturally occurring morphs of this widely distributed species are known.
- Tefe River region (Brazil), Aguarico system (Ecuador), and Napo River system (Peru).
- Around 2in (5cm).
- One of relatively few Corydoras species that frequently swim in midwater.
- Wide range of foods accepted, particularly bottom-dwelling livefoods and sinking commercial formulations.
- Well planted, with open swimming areas, and fine-grained substratum. Water chemistry not critical, but excessively acid conditions must be avoided. Temperature range: 70-79 F (21-26 C); avoid prolonged exposure to lower temperatures.
- Female swallows the male’s sperm and releases them from her gut onto her cupped pelvic fins, into which she has already released a few eggs She deposits these adhesive eggs on a surface, where they will hatch 5-6 days later, depending on tempera