07-09-2012, 11:58 AM
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This is not a good combo, and because of the temperature. The Chocolates need warmth, our profile gives 79F as the lower end of the range, I kept and spawned mine at 80-81F. Panda cory needs cooler water, they come from streams fed from higher in the Andes, and 78-79F is the top end of their range.
While this might seem possible at 79F, it would still stress the corys to be at that high a temp permanently. Fish are best when kept about mid-range; the higher the temp the harder they must work to maintain their internal physiological balance, and this wears them down faster.
I had loach in with my chocolates, and some other gourami. Check the profile, click Chocolate Gourami, it details the issues. I would not put Licorice in with them; I had success with the pygmy sparkling gourami and two species of chocolates in groups of 3 each. All were spawning regularly. Tank must be thickly planted, swimming room is not needed by any of these upper-water fish. Wisteria works, or floating Water Sprite completely covering the surface. Crypts for lower plants, as little light will penetrate (best for these fish too) and crypts are low light plants. And lots of bogwood.