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Corydoras eques was, not so long ago, the holy grail for Corydoras catfish keepers. First described (as Osteogaster eques) as long ago as 1876 by the Austrian zoologist Franz Steindachner and it has only intermittently appeared on importers lists.

The first thing that you notice when you acquire this species is the relentless swimming motions in the aquarium, especially in a species only breeding tank setup. They will come to the front of the tank as soon as you approach the aquarium and will swim up and down on the front glass. 

Aquarium Care: This is akin to most of this genus, very peaceful, and would be best housed with small to medium sized tankmates such as Tetras, Rasboras and Danios or in a species only tank for breeding purposes. Best to purchase 6 individuals or more, although they are still quite expensive, as they will be happier in a group

Body with a turquoise to blue colouration. Supraoccipal with an orange blotch. In a certain light you can see a darker band running along the top of the body from the nape to the adipose fin. All fins are clear with a light orange colouration to the soft rays and darker to the hard rays. The chin and underbelly are white. The colouration of this species very much depends on the colour of the substrate.

Sexual differences

Females grow larger and have a heavier looking body shape. Males are slimmer by comparison.



Readily accepts a mixed and varied diet which includes granular foods, tablet food, frozen bloodworm and good quality flake to name but a few.


Corydoras: Cory from the Greek meaning helmeted; doras meaning leathery skin (helmeted Doras) cuirass.
From ‘eques’, a horse.