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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

Cichlids? There are estimated to be over 2000 different Cichlid species in the wild, of all sizes, shapes and colours. Many require very specialist conditions such as those coming from the sandy/rocky waters of Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika. Others, such as the Apistogramma dwarf cichlids from the Amazon basin require softer water and a well-planted tank. In general cichlids do not make good community fish as they can get quite aggressive, especially when spawning - but a specialist cichlid tank is certainly a sight to behold, and can be very rewarding for the more experienced aquarist


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