Skunk Cory, Arched Cory [Pictures]
Physical description: The body is stocky and deep, with an arched back. Two rows of bony
plates make up each side of the fish.
The upper has 21-23 plates, while the lower 19-21.
Two pairs of barbels are located on the upper jaw.
The body color is grayish white
A black stripe runs from its mouth, through the eye, along the upper
part of the body, to the fish's caudal penuncle. The fins are white in color, also covered with spots.
Size/Length: To 2" (5 cm)
Similar species: Narcissus Cory (
Corydoras narcissus ), Rabaut's
or Meyer's Cory (Corydoras
H: Along banks of slow-moving rivers.
South America; found near Tef¸,
Brazil, in the Tef¸ and Amazon Rivers.
Aquarium: 20" (60 cm) or 10 gallons (38 L). As for other
See the genus description.
Water chemistry: pH 6.5-8 (7.2); 2-25 dH (10); 72-79°F (22-26°C)
FOOD: Live; aquatic insects, white worms,
Tubifex , brine shrimp, insect larvae;
Social behavior: Follow suggestions for the genus description.
Social behavior: Smaller tetras, Discus, Dwarf Cichlids, Livebearers, Gouramis, Barbs,
Suggested companions: The females are larger and plumper behind their pectoral fins, and
less colorful. Easier to sex when viewed from above.
Breeding techniques: Not a prolific fish-only 20-30 eggs-are laid on plants.
Spawning is initiated by the addition of cooler water.
Follow recommendations for other
Breeding potential: 7.
This catfish is a fairly difficult
Remarks: This species is somewhat sensitive to bacteria infections, although
a good filtration system and a regime of frequent partial water changes usually will eliminate these problems.
Difficulty of care: 4.
A community catfish that is
somewhat sensitive to infections.