I bought 12 sterbai cory cats back at the ACA 2 years ago and I might have seen them all once. They never come out. (I kid, i’ve seen them a little bit, but not enough to please me)
Cory Cats are one of the more popular fish in the hobby. I have always like them ever since I got them back in college. I love their schooling behavior, but I just wasn’t getting that sweet behavior out of my cories in my 90 gallon tank. They typically hide behind this huge stump I have in my 90 gallon that is surrounded by jungle val and Ludwigia Repens. So perhaps they just have too many places to hide..
Below is some of the advice from people online that I think is worth sharing on how to get Cory Cats out….
From merra85 on youtube
wassup, bro? i’m frm singapore and have been enjoying ur vids, man! awesome planted tank u have!:) anyway, i saw ur last vid abt ur cory cats. yeah, they’re super shy but somehow i found a way (not guaranteed of cos! haha) to make corys not shy. its my own personal method. and jus to share with u, currently i have sterbei and panda cory that have been with me for 3 yrs now. awesome cats they are.
When newly bought, i placed them in a bare-bottom, temporary tank. sponge filters and a small vase as shelter is all i have inside. i used ambient lights rather than tank lights since i noticed they do more exploration under dimmed lighting. after introducing food gradually and they accepted it, i slowly intro tank lights. i turned them on for a couple of hours for the 1st few tries, like an hour or two? something like that. gradually i increased the time period to the same time period as my main tank. wat happens is, their shy nature of avoiding lights eventually disappears and they started to explore the tank with the lights fully switched on. don forget, its bare-bottom, no sand gravel, plants, whatsoever. jus a filter a small vase.
after abt 2 wks or so, i transfered them to my main tank. to my surprise, on day-1 in the main tank, the corys are so confident with themselves, they move all around the tank and exposing themselves to the open. they dont rush to hide even when i approached the tank! wonderful!
oh, and one more thing, in my 12yrs of keeping different cory species since i was 14, i kinda disagree abt the proper substrate for corys. i’ve kept corys in many different kinds of substrate; course gravel, fine gravel, sand and currently seachem’s fluorite gravel which has some rough edges. and through all these, i have NEVER had corys injuring themselves. corys, like all living things, are smart enough to avoid injuring themselves. i mean who the hell wants to self-injure, right? i know i dont! haha! so dont worry too much abt the substrate. they know better than any phd scientist out there.
so, yeah. even tho people say every tank is different, i hope this tip will work for you, too. its a shame to have a cory and always have them shying away. bcos if they not shying away, its beautiful to see them school together at the bottom of the tank. its seldom, but they do school together sometimes. peace, bro.
Below are some of the comments from the folks over on YouTube…
Also i just saw you video about how to get the sterbai cory cats out more.
will i don’t have much experience with cories. but i think there is a lot of plants and hiding spots so why wouldn’t they hide when they are a bit spook or somthing.
i don’t know for sure just throwing out ideas.
but on the plus side i will getting some sterbai and panda cories.
i will tell you how my reacts.
Dude! I’ve had Sterbai’s for a long while now. My Sterbai’s are just like yours, they’ll spend most of the day hiding and then come out at night. They’ve gotten better at coming out during the day, though. But then again, they’re in a 55g and not a 90g… If they have places to hide, they’ll hide
My first thought is you might want to create a few more open “pockets” where you can see the bottom. It could be just having continuous plant cover makes it hard to notice them.
I use a sand bottom and my corries seem to always be out. When not browsing on the bottom they ALL cluster under one plant and enjoy the shade. So it could also be your lighting to intense?
Hmm, I have about 20 in my 55 gallon. I bred and raised up 15 cories from fry. Check out my channel to see my aquarium vids.