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Sterbai Cory
Alternative Name(s): Sterba
Scientific Name(s): Corydoras sterbai
Category: Tropical
Difficulty:
Maximum Size: 7cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 60 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 24" long
Water Temperature Range: 24-28°C
Water pH Range: 6.0-7.5
Water Hardness Range: 1-15 dGH

General Information: Body colour is a rich dark grey/brown with bands of white spots leading from the front of dorsal down to the caudal fin. White spots are visible on the head. Pectoral and ventral fin spines are orange with rest of fins clear with black banding.
Tank Requirements: Amazon type setup - river sand, stones and roots with dried leaves, or heavily planted.
Diet Requirements: Omnivorous and easy to feed on quality commercial flake and sinking granules/pellets as a staple, with live/frozen food on a regular basis - bloodworm, artemia, daphnia etc.
Compatibility: Very peaceful community fish
Recommendations: Best kept in groups of 6 or more as they are a shoaling fish. Make sure food reaches them at the bottom, especially when other greedy fish are present.
Common Problems: Use a sand substrate to prevent barbel damage and consequent infection.
Similar Species: Corydoras haraldshultzi and Corydoras araguaiensis. Sterba has light spots on a dark background, whilst C. haraldshultzi has dark spots on a light background. C. araguaiensis lacks orange fins.
Sexing: Females are generally larger and plumper than males.
Breeding: Quite easy to breed. A drop in water temperature can induce spawning. Spawns on tank glass and eggs can be "rolled" off glass for hatching elsewhere as parents will eat them.
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