Cory Cats 101: Types and Care of Popular Freshwater Fish

Corydoras aeneus

Corydoras aeneus, also known as Bronze Cory or Green Cory, is one of the most popular species of Corydoras catfish. They have a bronze or greenish body coloration with dark patches on their sides. They are peaceful and social fish, making them suitable for community aquariums.

Corydoras paleatus

Corydoras paleatus, commonly known as Peppered Cory or Salt and Pepper Cory, has a light gray or silvery body coloration with numerous small black spots scattered all over its body. They are peaceful and active fish, and they thrive in groups.

Corydoras sterbai

Corydoras sterbai, also known as Sterbai Cory or Sterba’s Cory, is a beautiful species with a pattern of black spots on a golden body. They have high contrast markings and are highly sought after by aquarium enthusiasts. They are peaceful and do well in community tanks.

Corydoras panda

Corydoras panda is a small and charming species known for its striking black and white coloration, resembling a panda. They have a black body with white patches on their head and dorsal fin. They are peaceful and do best in a well-maintained aquarium with plenty of hiding places.

Corydoras julii

Corydoras julii, also called Leopard Cory or Julii Cory, is a visually stunning species with a light brown or beige body covered in dark spots. The spots resemble a leopard pattern, giving them a unique and attractive appearance. They are peaceful and prefer to be kept in groups.

Corydoras habrosus

Corydoras habrosus, commonly known as Salt and Pepper Cory or Dwarf Cory, is a small species with a light gray or tan body covered in scattered dark spots. They are known for their playful behavior and can be kept in smaller aquariums due to their small size.

Corydoras schwartzi

Corydoras schwartzi, also known as Schwartz’s Cory, has a dark black or brownish body coloration. They have a sleek and elongated shape compared to other Corydoras species. They are peaceful and do well in community tanks.

These are just a few examples of the many species of Corydoras catfish available in the aquarium trade. Each species has its own unique characteristics and appearance, but they are generally known for their peaceful nature, bottom-dwelling behavior, and their ability to help keep the aquarium clean by scavenging for leftover food and debris.