Skunk Corydoras (Corydoras granti)
The Skunk Cory is a peaceful, active, hardy and unique Catfish that can help keep the bottom of your tank clean, making these Corys popular with hobbyists for the community aquarium. However, these fish are not recommended for the beginner aquarist as their barbels are rather sensitive and can wear away quite quickly if you don't keep up with regular water changes and allow bacteria to build up in the aquarium.
The only distinguishing feature between these fish and Corydoras Arcuatus, also known as the Super Arcuatus Cory, is their snouts. Skunk Corys, for instance, have a shorter, more rounded nose, whereas Super Arcuatus have a slightly longer, straighter snout. A Skunk Cory's rear margin of the pectoral fin spine has serrations that point towards the spine tip, whereas a Super Arcuatus Cory's serrations point toward the body. As a final note, Skunk Corys are smaller than Super Arcuatus Corys.
These Corys are suitable for most community aquariums; however, it would be best if you did not keep them with anything large or aggressive. Good tankmates can include small Cyprinids, Tetras, Dwarf Cichlids, Gouramis and other peaceful Catfish similar in size. Skunk Corys are shoaling species in nature; therefore, it would be better to keep them in groups of at least six individuals, preferably more, especially if you would like to try and breed them.
The Skunk Cory has a greyish-yellowish to a greyish-green body, and its underside is pure white. Their body has a dark arched stripe that starts from its long snout and ends on its lower back, where it splits and trails down to colour the lower edge of the caudal fin. The caudal fin may have small dark spots and a blackish upper edge. Sometimes the clavicle in the pectoral arch will have an iridescent bronze or gold colouration.
Skunk Corydoras (Corydoras granti) Video
|Scientific Name||Corydoras granti|
|Other Names||C020,Skunk Cory|
|Origins||Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|PH||5.0 - 7.5|
|GH||2 - 12|
|TDS||36 - 215|
|68 - 82℉|
20 - 27.8℃
In the home aquarium, the Skunk Corydoras will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.
Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.
It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.
This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.
3 interesting tank mate ideas for the Skunk Corydoras could include: