Sterbas’ Cory (Corydoras Sterbai)
Native Location: Bolivia and Brazil
Size: 6.5cm (2.6 inches)
Temperature Range: 24 – 28℃ (75 – 82℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.0 – 7.6
Minimum Aquarium Size: 42L (11 gallons)
Potential Tankmates: Dwarf Cichlids, peaceful Catfish
Care Level: Intermediate
Sterbas' make suitable occupants for many community tanks. They are a fantastic choice for beginner fishkeeping enthusiasts.
Sterbas' will do well on a varied diet and will scavenge through the substrate and eat most things they find. Often feasting at night with a love for live bloodworms, brine shrimp and white worms. They will also do well with frozen foods, flakes and granules. Try sinking catfish pellets. Known for being great community fish and working well with any likeminded fish. Avoid housing them with any large bottom-dwellers, they will harass and stress out Sterbas’.
All Corydoras are facultative air breathers, meaning they can breathe air if necessary. You can watch them dart to the surface for a gulp of air. So, if using floating plants, make sure it is not overdone. Like many other Catfish, they will rummage through the substrate in the never-ending hunt for scraps. Use fine gravel or sand to line the bottom of your aquarium, as rough edges could cause damage to their barbels. Provide dark and shady places with plenty of live vegetation, driftwood, caves and floating plants. But leave space on the aquarium floor so they can travel around freely.
Sterbas’ Corys have dark bodies with covered in white spots. Females are larger and plumper in the belly, where males are slender. If you have a school with a ratio of three males to every female, there is a high chance they will not need your help in reproducing. As part of the courting rituals, males will chase a female around the tank. Once the female consents the roles will reverse, the female will pursue the male. Remove adult fish from the breeding tank after successful spawning.