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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Skunk Cory looks strange

I've thought about posting this for a while and I've finally got around to it.

I've had this cory for 6 weeks. He (could be a she) looked exactly like this when I bought him (he was the last one at the LFS and I felt sorry for him). He's active, he hangs around with my other Cory's (4 other skunk cories, 5 bronze Cory's and 1 Emerald Brochis/Cory) and is always interested in food at feeding time. He shows no signs of sickness, other than the weird pale pink color, translucency and faded/incomplete markings that he's had all along. I feed regular fish flakes (I also have giant danios who exist peacefully with my catfish - no bullying), bottom feeder pellets (carnivore and wafer), brine shrimp, blood worms and tubifex worms. Giving them a varied diet.

Was this caused by stress before I got him? If yes, will his color ever bounce back? Could he be some kind of mixed breed cory? I heard Cory's can breed with other types of Cory's by accident. He is bigger than my other skunk cories... more similar to the size of my bronze ones. Could he have been dyed and the dye is fading? Just trying to alleviate my worry when everything else about his behavior is normal.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 05:04 AM
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Doesnt look like any skunk corydoras Ive ever seen. The snout appears more rounded and the stripe usually extends to the eye ( in juveniles and through the eye down the snout in mature fish.

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Looks like a healthy Corydoras zygatus to me.
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Looks healthy to me also.

I noticed with my juliies that they were a little lighter colored when I went to white sand substrate. Doing good but lighter then when they were on darker gravel.
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