Sterbai Cory (Corydoras sterbai)
With their unmistakable pattern of spots and bars, the Sterbai Cory is easily one of the more recognizable and popular Corydoras species available in the hobby. Found in the Guapore and upper Madeira rivers in Southern Brazil, this species is now bred on a large scale worldwide for the aquarium hobby and wild specimens are rarely if ever exported. Like most cory cats, they are an active schooling fish, best kept in groups of 5 or more. In the aquarium, they are extremely hardy fish which will accept most sinking prepared or frozen foods and do well with nearly all similarly sized peaceful tankmates. Sterbai Corys are one of the few species in the genus that will do well long term when kept at higher temperatures (80 – 84F).