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  1. #1

    Default Occupation of the ground floor


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    I have a group of kuhli loaches (I think 8) on the ground floor of my aquarium. Cherry shrimp and pygmy corydoras (currently 5 - going to get another 2 when I can) are also spending a fair amount of time down there ...

    Would it become too crowded if I invite a group of panda corydoras (perhaps 6?) to stay with us? My friend has just bred a batch, they are the tiniest most adorable little fish - but of course they will grow! And they need a group...

    Tank layout is like this. Substrate is now smooth pebbles at the front & black sand at the back (and obviously the white sand river). Hoping to grow a controlled jungle but plenty of swimming space remains.


    ... or would be too much ground floor occupation?

    I am heading closer and closer to MTS!
    50g planted: 8x guppy/endler hybrids, 8x black neons, 8x kuhli loaches, 3x otos, 4x pygmy corys, 4x panda corys, 4x neons, Assassin snails + cherry & Amano shrimp

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    Think this calls for another tank. With your layout I think you'd be over crowded on the bottom
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    That is a gorgeous tank....


    but I am not sure on the crowdyness of the bottom of the tank. But you do have a few bottom dwelling species already. Maybe it is time for the MTS to kick in sooner as they grow just a bit....
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    If I had the house space, I would have another tank already!


    As it is, I am considering a nano tank, perhaps 30L, on my desk. With pretty plants and a betta and some shrimp and ...

    Then I'll need another tank, ideally a shallow one with tons of surface area, full of corys and kuhlis and more corys ... I just love all those bottom dwellers.

    I should say, the bottom of the tank, under the driftwood is all accessible - none of the driftwood is solidly on the floor, so there are tons of wooden "caves". The kuhlis love it ...

    I might have to sit on my hands, *sad*.
    50g planted: 8x guppy/endler hybrids, 8x black neons, 8x kuhli loaches, 3x otos, 4x pygmy corys, 4x panda corys, 4x neons, Assassin snails + cherry & Amano shrimp

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    Here's one of the pygmy corys.
    It follows this endler hybrid around permanently. The other 4 pygmy corys hang out together low to mid-level, but this guy is always at the top, following this one same male endler ... Weird ...

    50g planted: 8x guppy/endler hybrids, 8x black neons, 8x kuhli loaches, 3x otos, 4x pygmy corys, 4x panda corys, 4x neons, Assassin snails + cherry & Amano shrimp

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    yea, that's the only thing I don't like about the pygmy's... my habroseus stay on the bottom, the pygmys are always swimming up high
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  7. #7

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    I frankly dont think cories mind crowding much if at all, if you can keep up water quality. they are a very social species after all and from my experience with them, it seems they
    would prefer more buddies over more space most times(avoiding extremes of course). as an example: I once had 6 pandas in a 20 gallon. now i currently have 12 zygatus in a 10 gal qt.
    of course, I dont know what the fish are thinking, but from their behavior I can safely infer that the 12 zygatus are much more content than the 6 pandas. of course, the 12 zygatus would also be even happier with a 20 gallon, but that is not the point.
    as long as you can keep water quality up, you could(and I certainly would) keep oodles and oodles of cories in there.

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    It sure sounds like all the bottom dwellers "get along" now... if your nitrates tell you to get another tank...well....maybe you should get a small one? How the heck do you keep your substrate so neat...no matter how hard I try...when I vacuum it all seems to meld together...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeboraBremner View Post
    It sure sounds like all the bottom dwellers "get along" now... if your nitrates tell you to get another tank...well....maybe you should get a small one? How the heck do you keep your substrate so neat...no matter how hard I try...when I vacuum it all seems to meld together...
    Nitrates are not a problem in this tank, so I was more concerned about actual physical space, but it sounds like this might be possible after all . I will sleep on it for a few weeks. No rush to get THESE specific baby corys, they just attracted my attention.

    Substrate not a huge problem. The white sand gets chucked about a fair amount, but the boundary is fairly short so I can manually scoop it back where it should be. When I had only black sand it was more complex but with the black pebbles it's easy now as they are so heavy :)
    50g planted: 8x guppy/endler hybrids, 8x black neons, 8x kuhli loaches, 3x otos, 4x pygmy corys, 4x panda corys, 4x neons, Assassin snails + cherry & Amano shrimp

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    Well I decided it was now or never as I don't want to keep messing about with the tank -- as I keep horses and a large garden as well, as the nights gets shorter I will have less and less indoor time for the tank, so I need things to be running smoothly for spring and summer ... and that means stability beforehand!

    Soooo 5 baby panda corys joined the gang a couple days ago. I am SO glad I decided to get them. I was concerned about crowding the ground floor as you know, but figured I can always sell them if it doesn't work, but omg within 24 hours the whole dynamic of the tank changed. The Otos seem to love them (normal? I saw 6 Otos yesterday - I thought I only had about 4 survivors!) and the pygmy corys have also become more bold. They get on great with the kuhlis and shrimp and I suddenly have a buzzing ground floor that doesn't look crowded at all. I think because all those species also climb about in the driftwood and java fern there is a lot "surface area" for them all. But they are all eating well and I am amazed by how much bolder all my little shy guys have turned. Panda cory enthusiasm is clearly infectious.

    So that's it for my tank - stocking complete. Long may it last, happy healthy life to everyone! Oldest tank inhabitants are only about 2.5 years (neon tetras), so we are now at equilibrium. AqAdvisor says I am 93% stocked with the new additions so that leaves some guppy fry space.

    (I am also massively overfiltered and heavily planted so probably have a fair bit of leeway).

    LOVELOVELOVE the pandas!
    50g planted: 8x guppy/endler hybrids, 8x black neons, 8x kuhli loaches, 3x otos, 4x pygmy corys, 4x panda corys, 4x neons, Assassin snails + cherry & Amano shrimp

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