Corydoras sterbai are among the most popular of the numerous currently known species within the Corydora classification, and this can be credited to their beautiful markings. Their heads feature white dots on a black background, which is a very unique characteristic for corydoras, as most of them have the colors reversed. Their bodies are speckled with both black and white dots that provide an absolutely stunning contrast. Much like their cousins the Corydoras paleatus, these catfish exhibit very interesting and often playful behavior. They are fairly small (they grow to a maximum of about 2-1/2 inches), so they are perfect for home aquariums.
These catfish are extremely easy to care for, as long as they live in stable water parameters with good water quality. They do best in tanks that have smooth substrate (such as sand or gravel), as they are bottom-dwelling scavengers. We sell these catfish in a school of 3 because they are known to do best in groups of 3 or more (plus, this makes them more likely to breed!). These fish are omnivores, so they will eat fish food flakes or pellets, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, frozen brine, and live worms. They are peaceful totally safe to keep with other fish (as long as the other fish are peaceful too!), snails, shrimp, and live plants!
What We Like About This Fish:
- Striking dappled pattern on the whole body
- Interesting and playful behavior
- Safe with plants
- Completely peaceful
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 73° - 79° F (23° - 26° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.6
- KH: 0 - 15 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10 gallons
- Diet: Omnivorous. High-quality flake, pellet and wafer foods as well as frozen foods such as bloodworms and tubifex.
- Social behavior: Peaceful; requires a school of 3 or more to thrive.
- Origin: Tank-raised, but indigenous to Bolivia and Brazil.
- Average adult size: 2 - 2.5 inches (5 - 6.4 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1.5 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)