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Corydoras arcuatus
Arched cory, Skunk cory
Elwin 1939

(Other members of the genus Corydoras)

ADULT SIZE: 5 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Corydoras arcuatus small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Peru, Brazil, Ecuador

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AQUARIUM CARE: With the black stripe running down the length of this fish, and the whitish flanks, it is easy to see how the species gets the common name skunk cory. It is widespread species in the Amazon rainforest rivers fropm where it comes.

Aquarium care is much the same as for many other Corys: keep six or more individuals over a sand or fine grade gravel substrate. Water well oxygenated. Substrate cleanliness is important for Corys, as they spend their day rooting around for food at the bottom of the tank. Failure to do so can result in barbel problems.

C. arcuatus can be kept in a peaceful community aquarium with small shoaling fishes: tetras, danios, killifish etc. Avoid aggressive fish of the lower strata, cichlids for example; even South American dwarf cichlids such as Apistogramma get aggressive at spawning time.

BREEDING: Substrate spawner, eggs often laid after a water change of cooler water.

Have you bred Corydoras arcuatus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Corydoras arcuatus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Should I get rid of snails? Snails in the aquarium can be very useful. Many fishkeepers tend to overfeed a little, and this extra food sinks to the bottom and decays, polluting the aquarium water. Snails will happily come and eat up the left overs though - if you have an outbreak of snails you are most likely overfeeding your fish! If you really do want to remove snails, fish like the clown loach, and several puffers will eat them - but do make sure they are compatible with the other fish in your tank


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