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  1. Default First time cory owner need advice on species and numbers.

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    Long time fish owner first time with corys tho, the tank is a 29g tall with tehitian black sand, 36 watts of light and twice as much filtration as needed for the size. My local pet shop will be taking my order soon, I can get Agassizi, Julii, Skunk, Peppered, Sterba, Panda, and banded corys. I have my heart set on 5 Julii and 5 Sterba corys also a german ram and maybe 10 small tetras. Once my cycle is done at the end of the month I'll be ordering them. This is going to my both my first cory and plant centric tank so I want to make sure they will be okay in the space allowed. Also I have plenty of driftwood in the tank, will I be needing hiding spots for the corys? I have black pvc piping in case.

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    Sounds like a nice tank. Might I make a couple suggestions?
    I'd get a minimum of 6 each of your cories instead of 5. they seem to do better with at least that many in a school. Another bit of advice might be to wait for a few months before you purchase your GBR and you might have better luck with it. GBR's prefer well seasoned tanks for whatever reason and your newly cycled 29 might be too 'new' for best results.
    Your cories will love the driftwood if some of it is low enough to hide under. Otherwise, they like rock caves as well. no pvc necessary unless you want to have it. they'll also tuck in among the plants.
    Good luck and you'll have to post photos!!
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
    15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, assassin snails
    90 Gal Journal:
    fishless cycling:
    fish in cycling:

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    Thx for the advice I had considered 7 of each but thought it'd be too many, 6 sounds like a good number then, they only get what 1.5'' at most. On the topic of the GBR I was going to see what they have to say in the dwarf cichlid forum I knew they were hard to keep but figured lots of water changes etc might be enough with a freshly cycled tank. But I can always wait on getting one. Also I'll def get some pics when I get it all setup my damn driftwood hasn't even sunk yet lol.

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    the info I gave you on the GRB I picked up on the dwarf cichlid threads based on member's experiences. each fish is going to react differently, however, and you may get along just fine. I waited until my tanks were well seasoned and I still lost 1 out of the first 2 GBR - both in the same tank, both the same size. I bought another however and he's fine. so, 2 of the 3 made it and are thriving.
    Good luck
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
    15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, assassin snails
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    fish in cycling:

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    Thats a good selection of Cory's that your LFS has to say the least. FYI most of the species except the Panda get 2" or a little bigger but six would still work great. IMO, the Skunk and the Banded are the most attractive but the Peppered is the most hardy.
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    What's the temp in the tank? And PH and hardness?

    Do some reading on . Not all cories like the warmer water many of us keep.

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    It's still cycling so I dunno about the temp probly 78 maybe higher for my GBR when I eventually get him. My tap PH is like 7.4 but all the driftwood had it lowered to 6.4 today since I didn't do a water change in a week since my koi was looking fine.

    I just got my master test kit in the mail since all my old testing equip was like 5 years or older I had to throw it away. The ammonia was 6ppm, Nitrite was off the chart at 5+, and Nitrates at 5ppm I'm 2 weeks and a few days into the cycle. I felt bad having that koi in those conditions so I just did a 15 gallon water change when the tank settles I'll check again.

    Good old planet catfish I'll have to do some reading I kept Raphael catfish and all kinds of plecos before. I found the Sterba and Julii to be the most attractive (and expensive lol) thinking they would contrast well in my black sand/black background tho it will be heavily planted and has tons of driftwood.

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    I think you should be able to figure it out from here on

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    Yeah, got my Ammonia down to 1.8 nitrites to 3.5 and nitrates seem to be around the same maybe higher not sure if the first test was correct. Ph only went up to 6.7 which is good since it should stay relatively stable if it only went up .2 with a 50% water change. Didn't want to seem like I was being cruel to my fish because those levels were nuts but its better now.

    I never really liked goldfish but this big ole koi will swim towards me wherever I am in the room for hours it kinda endeared him to me. He'll have a nice life in my aunt's pond when I'm done cycling.

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    Not to be mean but if you want the koi to live to see the pond, you need to get both ammonia and nitrites down to less than .5. But you already know that. More water changes, fast. The poor guy must be suffering :o(
    Last edited by fishmommie; 03-11-2013 at 10:25 PM.
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
    15 g FW planted:2 male guppies, neons, pygmy corys, clown pleco, 4 types of shrimp, assassin snails
    90 Gal Journal:
    fishless cycling:
    fish in cycling:

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