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Sterba's Cory Cat
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Sterba's Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Tan, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 70-77° F, KH 0-15, pH 6.2-7.8
Max. Size 3"
Origin Brazil, South America, Upper Rio Guapore
Family Callichthyidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Corydoras sterbai, which is referred to as Sterba's Cory, Sterbai Cory, or Sterba's Corydoras, is a peaceful, bottom-dwelling member of the armoured catfish group. Sterba's 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, Sterba's 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.

Sterba's 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.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1"

Customer Testimonials

Lisa Smith Kansas City , MO
This cory does very well with discus. They can tolerate and thrive in the higher temps and lower pH. They are also one of the lovelier cories due to the orange tinged ventral fins.
Cindy Fox Martinez , CA
Cory cats are known to go into small places like holes in rocks or little houses; I have lost two because of this. They went into a small hole they fit in and then couldn't get back out. It was heartbreaking.
Ian Schwanda Boulder Junction , WI
The Sterba's Cory is very comical. He just keep swimming around and around. He one of my favorite fish in my aquarium.
Kate Abefale Oakbrook , IL
I have two of these guys, along with a Julii Cory Cat, and they all swim in a little line together until they go different directions and lose each other!
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