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post #21 of 32 Old 03-05-2010, 11:31 PM
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Yup I fork everything; you can also use these metal clip things that sometimes come on aquatic plants (but I don't have non any more so fork it is lol).
Personally I just always make sure whatever I feed my dogs, fish, critters its organic either its gotta come from my own garden or farmers I know and I know what they put on the plants or rather NOT put on the plants for that matter I'm a firm believer that feeding pesticides to my family (2 or 4 legs or no legs) just can't be no good

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post #22 of 32 Old 03-06-2010, 12:02 AM
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Hmmm...I don't know. I may have to disagree with you guys on the ID. Sterbai usually will have orange fins. On their head they have a dark colored background with yellowish/orange dots and their body is a yellowish/orange background with dark spots. This guy from the pic looks more black/white colored.

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post #23 of 32 Old 03-06-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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The fish will pick at the veggies too, not justthe cories/pleco, right? If so, I'll try a piece tomorrow and see how they like it.
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post #24 of 32 Old 03-06-2010, 01:10 AM
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I'm afraid that is not Corydoras sterbai. The reticulated pattern is quite different, and there is no orange on the pectoral fin spines.

There are two near-identical species that at first glance appear the same. Corydoras reticulatus and C. sodalis. I have the former presently, I have had the latter in the 1990's. Burgess says the pattern on C. sodalis can be variable, but always the dorsal distinguishes it from C. reticulatus; in the latter, the dorsal has a black blotch, albeit somewhat variable too, whereas C. sodalis has a dorsal with dark bands.

See photos below. C. sodalis is the top and middle fish, note the difference in the reticulation and the second is more like your fish; C. reticulatus is lower fish.

A lovely species, either one. In my experience, tends to remain out of sight more; I catch only brief glimpses when observing the tank, but at feeding times they are out. One of the slightly larger species, growing to about 2.5 inches, what I refer to as medium-large. The "large" are 4+ inches, and the medium around 2 inches; small dwarfs at 1 inch of course.

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post #25 of 32 Old 03-06-2010, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Mine looks just like the C. Sodalis with the patterning on the dorsal fin. He's definitely on the medium-large side....not quite as large as 4" though. Now I hope my LFS has them in stock. They're stocking is always so random and the other LFS in the area doesn't carry much. Any idea if this type will shoal with other cories (in case they don't have them in stock) or is it more of a hit or miss thing with shoaling with other species?

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Mine looks just like the C. Sodalis with the patterning on the dorsal fin. He's definitely on the medium-large side....not quite as large as 4" though. Now I hope my LFS has them in stock. They're stocking is always so random and the other LFS in the area doesn't carry much. Any idea if this type will shoal with other cories (in case they don't have them in stock) or is it more of a hit or miss thing with shoaling with other species?
This species isn't a 4-inch one, it is 2.5 I think I mentioned. Both these species are extremely rare where I am, only once have I ever seen them. May be different in Cal though, I would expect they can be found or at any rate ordered by mail from Corys-R-Us or other reliable places. As for shoaling with others, yes they will to be happy, better than nothing as at present. I actually only have one C. reticulatus now (the other two packed it in) and he seems to spend a fair bit of time with the C. leopardus which is very similar and same size, that may be it.

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I'm actually from PA A suburb outside of Philadelphia At any rate, I think I'm going to have a hard time finding them again as well. I only saw them once. I think I will try to find cories that look similar to him and perhaps similar size if I cannot find his breed again. Thanks, Byron!
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I'm actually from PA A suburb outside of Philadelphia At any rate, I think I'm going to have a hard time finding them again as well. I only saw them once. I think I will try to find cories that look similar to him and perhaps similar size if I cannot find his breed again. Thanks, Byron!
I must have been thinking of Stephanie. I sent her some plants in Cal, unfortunately they took a week (US postal service this time) and didn't survive. The ones I sent to Texas were fine, different species though.

FishinPole is in PA, he has a good store nearby and has ordered from Corys-R-Us with success. Send him a PM.

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I often found if you only have 1-2 Corys of a given species in a tank and then add a group of let's say 6-7 of another species they tent to school together better then if you have existing 4-5Corys and add another kind of 4-5 Corys. So yours just being 1 alone I think chances are very good he/she will join the gang

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post #30 of 32 Old 03-07-2010, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Ok that makes me feel better hearing that! I'm going to give things a couple weeks to calm down a bit, make sure there's PLENTY of BB in the tank before I buy more cories. Hoping to have greater success this time around.
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