Sterbas Corydoras (Corydoras sterbai) Fish Species Profile
The Sterba's Corydoras is a peaceful, playful and exciting bottom-dwelling member of the armoured catfish group and is one of the most popular species of Corydoras to own because of its beautiful markings.
These Catfish are suitable for most community aquariums, but it is not advisable to keep them with anything large or aggressive. Good tankmates can include small cyprinids, characins, dwarf cichlids, anabantoids, and other peaceful catfish.
Always try to keep Sterba's Corydoras in groups as they are far more confident and active in the presence of the same species. A group of at least six is recommended.
The Sterba's Corydoras primary colour is dark brown with lines of different shaped white spots on a black background. On its head, these spots are randomly located.
Their fins are translucent with a scarcely noticeable dotted pattern, and their abdomen is an orangy colour. The body of this species is a rounded shape, which narrows to the caudal fin. This fish also features gold markings, highlighting both its body and the edges of its fins.
They have bulging eyes on the head, and a series of antennae are positioned underneath them which they use as an antenna for orientation purposes.
|Scientific Name||Corydoras sterbai|
|Other Names||Sterba's Cory, Sterbai Cory|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 6.5 cm|
|Temperature||70 - 77 ℉ (21.1 - 25 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||1 - 15|
Origins of the Sterbas Corydoras
The Sterba's Corydoras is indigenous to the upper Rio Guapore in Brazil and can also be found in Bolivia in South America. They inhabit small tributaries, pools, creeks, and areas of flooded forest with a sandy substrate, soft acidic water and plenty of dense vegetation.
Sterba's Corydoras is omnivorous and will require a well-balanced diet. This can include flake, dried, live and frozen foods. For optimum health and colour provide them with high-quality flakes and sinking pellets as the staple diet as well as frozen fare such as brine shrimp and live worms.