Scientifically known as Corydoras arcuatus, the Skunk Cory is a peaceful fish belonging to the Callichthyidae family. Native to South America, particularly found in the region's waterways.
In fish tanks, Skunk Corys typically reach a size of 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inches).
For optimal conditions, it is recommended to maintain a pH range of 6.5 - 8 and water hardness (dGH) between 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm). The ideal temperature for the species is 22 - 28°C (71.6 - 82.4°F).
Skunk Corys are peaceful towards both their own species and other fish species. They are primarily found at the bottom levels of the tank.
As omnivores, Skunk Corys accept a wide variety of small live or prepared foods. A balanced diet of meats and veggies is essential to maintain their health and nutrition.
Sexing the Skunk Cory can be done by observing their physical characteristics. Males have a pointier, more pronounced dorsal fin, while females tend to be plumper and have duller coloration.
Regarding breeding, the female will clean various locations throughout the aquarium in preparation. Once the eggs are fertilized, she places them on the prepared surfaces. It is recommended to remove the parents from the breeding tank after all the eggs are laid. The eggs will typically hatch within 8 days, and the fry can be fed fry powders or newly hatched brine shrimp to ensure proper development.