08-12-2012, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by newtchaplin
there are over 142 species of corydoras, and they range from 1"-4.7", not including the giant emerald which grows 4-6". Yes females are larger then males. Anyone is allowed to do and stock a tank anyway they see fit.
As I said, the emerald cory is not a cory. So tell me about this 8 inch cory of which you speak. Female BN plecos are not larger than males.
I have NEVER had to boil or sanitize the crap out of anything in any of my tanks. That is waaaaaay overkill. You are never going to have a perfectly clean environment for the fish, just like you and I will never have a perfectly clean living space. Diseases and such are EVERYWHERE, and there's nothing you can do about it. That's why it's important to keep the fish as stress free as possible, so that their immune systems can handle it. That's why it's important to keep fish in proper schools and the like. No doubt people can keep fish alive in less than ideal conditions for years - there are plenty of videos on youtube of awfully stocked tanks. That doesn't make it okay to keep the fish in equally poor conditions, because someone else does it.
But at the end of the day, it's your tank, and you are the one that has to look at it everyday.