Odessa Barbs Imitating Sterbai Cory?

Discussion in 'Odessa Barb' started by Jenoli42, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Jenoli42

    Jenoli42Well Known MemberMember

    Hi team,

    is this normal? our Odessas initially imitated the sterbai when we first introduced the Cory to the tank.

    that was over a month ago, but on the weekend we added the rest of the sterbai school.

    Last night all 15 Odessas were following the sterbai around swimming like catfish. it was absolutely hilarious. they were schooling with the sterbai who looked a bit confused tbh.

    anyone else have experience with Odessa imitating other fish?

    EDIT: here's a video from last night. be sure to change YouTube quality to 1080 or HD if your default is different as I was videoing from across our lounge so i didn't disturb the behavior

    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018
  2. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    It’s possible the Odessa thought they were spawning & was looking forward to a yummy snack.
    My rummynose used to follow my corys everywhere whenever they were spawning & pick off the eggs as they were laid.
  3. OP

    Jenoli42Well Known MemberMember

    whoa! that makes so much sense. thank you! :)
  4. OP

    Jenoli42Well Known MemberMember

    where do I go to research what spawning behavior in sterbai looks like, do you know?
  5. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    When corys are spawning the males chase the female, it’s usually more vigorous than when they’re just glass surfing though that can differ between species.

    This is my C.venezuelanus spawning

    and this is my duplicareus, a little calmer
  6. OP

    Jenoli42Well Known MemberMember

    ah! yes! we've seen both variations! thank you... also that makes me so happy because in my head it means they're happy in their DT if were seeing spawning :)

    in fact, the new sterbai were doing that to the sterbai already in the tank within an hour of first being added to the DT ... which tells me we didn't stress them too much swapping them to the tank.

    oddly on the night I took the video, I thought I was only seeing the glass surfing they do sometimes. .. but the barbs following them for a tasty meal makes more sense than the Odessas schooling with or imitating them for "fun" which just seems like human personification rather than fish behavior.

    you're a legend :) :)
  7. OdessaDad

    OdessaDadNew MemberMember

    I have a 55 g tank which houses 30 sub adult Odessa barbs, and 5 long fin rosey barbs. Long before the barbs came along, there was a single, 3 inch plec in there and it was never seen during the day. A very shy fish. With the introduction of the busy barbs, it came out during the day - feeling safe with the barbs likely to be the first eaten by the mythical "stalking bird". LOL...…

    When the plec hangs from the glass, the school of barbs surrounds it, hovering, and watch keenly. Seems like they are trying to figure out what it is. Very comical. I find barbs to be extremely entertaining fish! They can see me coming down the hall over 30 feet away and everyone comes to the end of the tank expecting to be fed.