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03-09-2013, 11:08 PM #1
First time cory owner need advice on species and numbers.
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.
03-09-2013, 11:24 PM #2
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!!
03-09-2013, 11:46 PM #3
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.
03-10-2013, 12:16 AM #4
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.
03-11-2013, 07:19 AM #5
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.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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03-11-2013, 10:10 AM #6