That means it’s also a good choice for the well filtered, low water current, high temperature environment of your average Discus tank. I take that with a pinch of aquarium salt, but this species, introduced with many of the first South American imports — and originally from the area around Buenos Aires in Argentina — does in fact hail from cooler waters. Anyway, it’s a name. You tend to only encounter drab grey youngsters in the shops, but a well- conditioned mature male has to be among one of the most splendid sights in the Corydoras world. Comments: These are wonderful dwarf catfish that you rarely see in live fish stores. This is one of the more bulky species which, to my eyes, has a pleasant, almost comical demeanour. After beating a hasty retreat to the huts that served as our base, we had a good look at what we had caught. We use cookies to improve your experience of this website by remembering your usage preferences, collecting statistics, and targeting relevant content. Albino corys are generally a form of bronze cory, but can be another species. If you didn’t know, corydoras is a type of catfish that lives in freshwater! Although they can be found in gravely areas, they prefer a softer substrate and are usually seen in sandy or muddy-bottomed areas, where there is plenty of leaf litter or mulm. - CotM 2003 July - Shane's World Reproduction Breeding Corydoras sterbai: Species Information; Size: 68mm or 2.7" SL.Find near, nearer or same sized spp. I say stalwart, but this is perhaps the flagship species among a group of similar ones that may include one or two not yet described to science. They do well in tanks with softer substrates like sand or smooth pebbles. I also found this species to be very active during the day. It’s almost always sold as Corydoras julii or by the common name Julii cory. For this species, it is advised to select a low aquarium but it should be wide and elongated. Adult males are always smaller than females of the species, but you more often find them for sale, especially captive-bred populations, at a size that makes it simple to tell gender. The Sterbai Cory or Corydoras Sterbai is a member of the Corydoras catfish family. Many small characins that are found in the same habitat as the Corydoras would do well, too. In writing this article I found that I was not alone in doing so and this is a commonly kept and bred species. For example, peppered cory catfish (Corydoras paleatus) and julii cory catfish (Corydoras julii) are found on the cooler end of the spectrum, whereas sterbai cory catfish (Corydoras sterbai) can live in higher temperatures. If you really want to use rocks or stones in your layout, big round rocks individually placed and slightly sunk into the substrate are best. For one spawning, a large individual can lay up to 200 eggs. This particular species of catfish was first discovered in 1962 in South America by Dr. Günther Sterba and was named in his honor. To keep these fish in captivity, water pH should be between 6.0 and 7.6 and water temperature should range from 73ºF to 79ºF. It can dwell both in clean and muddy waters of streams and tributaries, quite often it swims near sandy bottom. Hiyotada Scientific name: Corydoras paleatus Also known as: Blue Leopard Corydoras, Peppered Catfish, Peppered Cory Adult size: Males–2.5 inches (6.5 cm), Females–3 inches (7.5 cm) Lifespan: 5 years Minimum tank size: 15 gallon pH: 6.0–7.0 Hardness: to 12 degrees dGH Temperature: 72–78 degrees F (22–26 degrees C) Tankmates: Peaceful, best kept in schools with other smaller fish Sterbai is a reference to Professor Dr. Günther Sterba, professor emeritus of zoology of Leipzig University who published a number of important books for fishkeepers in the 1970s and 1980s. The main talking point about sterbai is of course the pectoral fins, being the colour of orange, one of a handful of Cory's with this trait, the ventral fins are also this colour.