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post #1 of 6 Old 01-15-2012, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Emerald Catfish in less than 20g?

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I'm new around here, have been lurking and reading all of the posts (learning a ton too!) I have a 10g tank with 4 Neon Tetras in it, and was thinking of adding an Emerald Catfish to it. I like the cats, and my thought was (originally) that the Emerald's don't get very large and I read that they'd be okay in the tank with the Tetras...

But then on fishprofiles.com it states they need at least a 20g tank?

Should I even consider putting an Emerald in my tank, or should I look elsewhere?

Definitely don't want an unhappy fish
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-15-2012, 02:20 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

First question is, by "Emerald" catfish do you mean Corydoras aeneus or Brochis splendens? Both are often seen in stores under common names like Emerald Cory or Green Cory, etc. We have photos of each in our profiles, click on the shaded name to see that fish's profile; the profile text also points out the differences between them.

Brochis is significantly larger that the Cory (C. aeneus) that closely resembles it, and I would not keep Brochis in a 10g. A trio of C. aeneus can work if you are regular with maintenance (weekly partial water changes) and live plants are present. I would also add a couple neons, they will be better in a larger group. The neons and the cory are shoaling fish, meaning they live in large groups and will always be "happier" and thus healthier in groups. Six or seven neons and three corys can work.

We have extensive fish profiles here, so no need to go elsewhere. Second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top takes you there. If the scientific or common name used in the profile is used identically in a post it will shade and you can click that for the profile.

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-15-2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome, and the response! There is tons of information here, so this is definitely an excellent place!

Also, thank you for pointing out that I could click on the highlighted names (I am laughing at myself over here), anytime I would mouse over the names I knew a description would pop up, but didn't realize if I clicked it would show me a profile of that fish :) ha ha!

Nonetheless, my apologies for the use of the "common name" - I am definitely referring to the Corydoras aeneus so it sounds like I could put a few of those in my tank, and be okay?

Should I add more tetras first before I would add the Corys?
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Thanks for the welcome, and the response! There is tons of information here, so this is definitely an excellent place!

Also, thank you for pointing out that I could click on the highlighted names (I am laughing at myself over here), anytime I would mouse over the names I knew a description would pop up, but didn't realize if I clicked it would show me a profile of that fish :) ha ha!

Nonetheless, my apologies for the use of the "common name" - I am definitely referring to the Corydoras aeneus so it sounds like I could put a few of those in my tank, and be okay?

Should I add more tetras first before I would add the Corys?
Doesn't matter which first. If you have live plants, I would get them together [I'm assuming you do not quarantine new fish].

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I do have live plants (three currently)...Although I have read so much on the interwebz that I'm starting to get conflicting thoughts on how to care for them (maybe that is left for a different thread? Not sure if it's okay to hijack this one or not...ha ha)

Sounds like a plan regarding adding more fish though - I think they would enjoy having their little groups :)
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I do have live plants (three currently)...Although I have read so much on the interwebz that I'm starting to get conflicting thoughts on how to care for them (maybe that is left for a different thread? Not sure if it's okay to hijack this one or not...ha ha)

Sounds like a plan regarding adding more fish though - I think they would enjoy having their little groups :)
On the plant issues, a new thread in the Aquarium Plants section might be best, more members with interests in plants will likely see it. And for a general into, have a look at the series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" stickied at the head of that section. B.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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