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Corydoras aeneus (Gill, 1858)

Image contributors to this species:

C. H. Bishop (4) Frants Lehmann (2 stamps) Sandy Milne (1) Allan James (1) Vedran Cuncic (1) Ivan Sokol (2) Hans-Georg Evers (1) Benny Hubel Hansen (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory  Wikipedia

Relevant Information:

The first 4 images are of specimens that were caught in a little creek in Corrientes province, about 400 km to the north of Paraná City Northern Argentina by the Image Contributor, Carlos H. Bishop. The last two thumbnails show the original form of C. aeneus from the Island of Trinidad kept and bred by the Image Contributor, Benny Hubel Hansen. Aquarium Care: Will do well in a community setup with smaller tank mates such as Rasboras and Tetra's. Do not house with aggressive species or large Cichlids. Reproduction: Like to lay their eggs (300 or more) in the direct flow of a filter usually high up on the glass where the flow strikes. Eggs will hatch in 3 to 4 days and will use up their yolksac after 3 days. Diet: The fry after 3 days feed on infusoria then on to microworm, fry flake, then progress on to Brine Shrimp naupli. Adults can be fed the usual good quality flake food, frozen bloodworm, tablet foods, white and grindal worms. Remarks: There are a few different varieties over a wide distribution discovered since the original first species was captured in the island of Trinidad, this the type species of C. aeneus. All these these other varieties may be reclassified in the future.

Common Name:

Bronze Cory


Corydoras schultzei, C.macrosteus, C.venezuelanus, C.microps, Hoplosoma aeneum.




South America: Widely distributed in South America on the eastern side of the Andes, from Colombia and Trinidad to La Plata River basin. Type locality: Island of Trinidad, West Indies.


Male = 6.5cm, (2½ins) Female = 7.5cm. (3ins)


20-27°C (67-81°F)




ScotCat Factsheet no. 02. Feb. 1997



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