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20 gallon long compatability/stocking help
Old 08-12-2012, 11:17 AM   #21
 
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If someone is on a forum for advice, then we can assume they want the best advice possible and that's what we do.
Hahaha, I've been on forums long enough to know that that is not always the case There are plenty of people that get mad when they don't get the advice they were hoping to hear. Many only come here looking for approval of what they want to do.

But the second half is correct - we primarily provide advice on what's best for the fish.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:18 AM   #22
 
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thx guys. well i guess i understand what im going to put in the tank, as well as how to properly care for the fish i put in it. final stock: 7 tetras, 5 corys, 3-4 otos, 1 honey.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:25 AM   #23
 
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Regarding the otos - I would start some algae cultures for them so they don't starve, which is one of the most common reasons they die. You can do this by getting some big rocks and putting them in glasses with water, on the windowsill. This way, you can have a rotation of rocks to put in the tank to keep them continually fed.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:21 PM   #24
 
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Then why did you say cories get to 8"? As well as bloodfins and BNs.

Hmm, I think the cories and Otos are fine together. They are sensitive imports so that may be why your first one died.
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Ok obviously I was wrong when I said that. BNs are 8", bloodfins are 2.2", cory's 1-4"
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:27 PM   #25
 
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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.
You must be on crack, I live in a clean living space, so do all my fish. Overkill that is the difference between me and you, I would do everything in my power to save the rest of the fish and not just say "well its everywhere" it got there somehow, so you can take it out.

[quote=jaysee;1196034]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 never said that, I was talking about cory's. If you go to big al's they have a giant emerald cory. Yes they are cory's, and whom ever told you different was full of crap. They are considered armoured cat fish. All litature on them say they are a cory.

You might own fish and all but you are not a good fish person, stick to what you know not what you think you know.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:30 PM   #26
 
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Regarding the otos - I would start some algae cultures for them so they don't starve, which is one of the most common reasons they die. You can do this by getting some big rocks and putting them in glasses with water, on the windowsill. This way, you can have a rotation of rocks to put in the tank to keep them continually fed.

Or just get some algae tabs.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:33 PM   #27
 
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[quote=newtchaplin;1196189]You must be on crack, I live in a clean living space, so do all my fish. Overkill that is the difference between me and you, I would do everything in my power to save the rest of the fish and not just say "well its everywhere" it got there somehow, so you can take it out.

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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 never said that, I was talking about cory's. If you go to big al's they have a giant emerald cory. Yes they are cory's, and whom ever told you different was full of crap. They are considered armoured cat fish. All litature on them say they are a cory.

You might own fish and all but you are not a good fish person, stick to what you know not what you think you know.
For the third time, emerald corys are not corys. Perhaps if you actually looked into this instead of relying on what you think you know, you would find that out. Emerald corydoras are Brochis, NOT CORYS. Aspidoras are not corydoras either.


Not all otos will eat algae wafers. If they did, then they would not have the propensity for starvation.

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Old 08-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #28
 
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thx guys. well i guess i understand what im going to put in the tank, as well as how to properly care for the fish i put in it. final stock: 7 tetras, 5 corys, 3-4 otos, 1 honey.

If you only have a 20 gallon tank and you are putting all those fish in you are looking at 30" of fish for a 20 gallon tank. Overstocked, you will lose fish over time. You need to put in 20" of fish for a 20 gallon tank, 30 gallon 30" of fish, and so on.

1" per gallon
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #29
 
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"Emerald cories" belong to the genus Brochis, not Corydoras. Basic nomenclature right there.
Plecos are also called armored catfish, the loricariidae family is also known as the armored catfishes.
Just like Celestial pearl danios are marketed as "Galaxy rasbora" doesn't mean they are rasbora. Dealers will just stick a name onto a fish and sell it as whatever.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #30
 
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You must be on crack, I live in a clean living space, so do all my fish. Overkill that is the difference between me and you, I would do everything in my power to save the rest of the fish and not just say "well its everywhere" it got there somehow, so you can take it out.



For the third time, emerald corys are not corys. Perhaps if you actually looked into this instead of relying on what you think you know, you would find that out. Emerald corydoras are Brochis, NOT CORYS. Aspidoras are not corydoras either.


Not all otos will eat algae wafers. If they did, then they would not have the propensity for starvation.
your wrong in so many ways but hey without you people out there I would never look so good. Do your research there are over 142 different corydoras and The emerald catfish (Brochis splendens), emerald brochis, emerald cory, green catfish, or shortbody catfish is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the Corydoradinae sub-family of the Callichthyidae family. Believe it or not. Algae waffers do work, I had 2 otto's in a 20 gallon and it was one day old not even cycled, I feed them two kinds of algae waffers and I still have those fish 2 years now.
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