The Ellis Cory Catfish (Corydoras ellisae) is not yet widely seen in the aquarium hobby, but its appearance makes it worth a look. The gray mottling on its body creates a nice contrast with the emerald green and silver colors. Slightly longer than most other Corydoras species, this creature provides an interesting addition to any tank.
The Ellis Cory Catfish is a very peaceful and cooperative schooler, meaning it will swim alongside other fish- even the smaller ones like dwarf cichlids. It may prey on the weaker shrimp in your tank, but still cohabitates well with bigger shrimp.
It's also safe with most ornamental invertebrates that are not aggressive towards it as long as they're larger than the catfish itself! This classic scavenger will inhabit and feed at the aquarium floor which should be comprised of sand or smooth gravel substrate.
The coarse dirt might damage its delicate barbels and underbelly so you should keep this fish in an aquarium lined with sand or smoothed out gravel substrate if possible; otherwise standard regular maintenance practices need to be performed for this undemanding guy! This adaptable fish thrives best when living conditions meet their standard needs for water temperature levels that allow regular upkeep to take place without sudden changes being made (think heating problems).
While he does eat a lot of food leftovers from other fish' plates, care must be taken so he receives enough high quality foods himself too- don't just expect him to only hunt down leftover scraps after all his friends have already eaten their fill!
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 72° - 79° F (22° - 26° C)
pH: 5.5 - 7.5. Softer water is preferred, but this fish is somewhat flexible as long as sudden changes are avoided.