The Corydoras genus is well known among aquarists for its many ornamental species. They are well suited to tropical freshwater community aquariums, as they get along well with other species and are not at all aggressive.

Some types of Corydoras are quite timid and are recommended to be kept in shoals of three upwards. Corydoras are mostly bottom feeders, so they should be offered sinking pellets as well as supplements of live and frozen foods.