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Sterbas Cory

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(Corydoras sterbai)

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Corydoras sterbai, which is referred to as Sterbas Cory, Sterbai Cory, or Sterbas Corydoras, is a peaceful, bottom-dwelling member of the armoured catfish group.

Sterbas Cory is often confused with Corydoras haraldschultzi, which is a different species with a lighter background and darker spots. Indigenous to the upper Rio Guapore in Brazil, South America, Sterbas Cory prefers a dark, soft-bottom aquarium shared with upper to mid-water dwelling species.

A sparse array of plants, tepid clear water with some current, and allowance for plenty of free-swimming space will provide an optimal environment. During breeding, the male will clamp the barbels of the female during the fertilization process.

The female will carry the eggs to their final destination by using a special pouch located under her ventral fins. The eggs are then attached to a plant leaf or other smooth surface.

After 3-5 days, the eggs will hatch, and the young can be fed micro-worms or micro-plankton until they are large enough to consume prepared foods.

Sterbas Cory is omnivorous and will require a well balanced diet including dried, flake, frozen, and live foods. Feed a quality flake and pellet food as well as frozen brine and live worms.

Customer Reviews

Average rating: 5 stars

1 of 0 people found this review useful:

5 stars title= Very healthy active fish, 12th Jul 2013

Reviewer: Alan Greene

I was very happy with my sterbai, they were very strong and healthy when I got them.

They are very active in the tank, and are fantastic to watch.

I got 9 of them, I would recommend getting at least 6 if you are planning to get some, but if you can fit more in your tank, they really do enjoy the company.

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