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experience with pygmy cories?
Old 10-23-2011, 12:47 AM   #1
 
Question experience with pygmy cories?

Well this is my first post but i have been lurking on the forums and getting lots of great info. So here is my dilemma. Today at the LFS i purchased 6 new cardinal tetras for my 55 gallon and when i got home and put the bags in the tank i realized there was an extra fish in the bag. I'm pretty sure its a pygmy cory as it is so tiny (about the size of my pinky nail) that the sales clerk did not see it. My problem is that in my 55 gal i have a pretty strong currant, will this bother it? I also have 2 yoyo loaches along with the 7 tetra, 1 danio and 1 gold algea eater, is this little guy going to become a snack for the others?
I want what is best for him and i plan on getting a 20 gallon tank soon specifically for micro fish but wasn't planning on it till december. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I will try to get pics but he is currently hiding and moves very fast for such a little thing!
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
 
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First thing, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

To your question. A couple issues stand out. First, the water current. Cardinal tetra do not appreciate water movement. For several years I have maintained this species in 4 and 5 foot tanks, and without exception they remain at the farthest end from the filter outflow, among the shade of overhanging plants. You might want to consider reducing the current generally.

To the pygmy cory. This is a shoaling fish, all cory species are, so it needs a group. In my experience, the dwarf species like this one do best with larger groups, 8 or more. A 20g would be ideal. In the meantime, one will be very lonely, and might get quite stressed as a result. But December isn't far off, and as they have them, you might consider getting more now, in case they sell out. This species is very social.

The Yoyo Loach is also shoaling, and I would strongly recommend another 3 to make a group of five, assuming you like them. They will be fine in a 55g. The interaction between them will be worth it, loaches are also very social fish.

The golden algae eater might be trouble just waiting to happen. This is likely a variant of the common Chinese Algae Eater, and not a fish most of us recommend. You can read more in the profile.

Some of the names above are shaded; that means the fish is in our profiles, so click on the name and you will see its profile. Profiles in general are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, and most of the commonly-seen fish are included. Info on water, tank size, temperament, compatibility, numbers, etc are included for each species.

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Old 10-23-2011, 01:25 PM   #3
 
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Well this is my first post but i have been lurking on the forums and getting lots of great info. So here is my dilemma. Today at the LFS i purchased 6 new cardinal tetras for my 55 gallon and when i got home and put the bags in the tank i realized there was an extra fish in the bag. I'm pretty sure its a pygmy cory as it is so tiny (about the size of my pinky nail) that the sales clerk did not see it. My problem is that in my 55 gal i have a pretty strong currant, will this bother it? I also have 2 yoyo loaches along with the 7 tetra, 1 danio and 1 gold algea eater, is this little guy going to become a snack for the others?
I want what is best for him and i plan on getting a 20 gallon tank soon specifically for micro fish but wasn't planning on it till december. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I will try to get pics but he is currently hiding and moves very fast for such a little thing!
Agreed with Bryon, cories will definitely want more of them than 1. I'd bring that little guy back to your LFS, it's better for both you and the fish.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:15 PM   #4
 
thanks for the advice. I agree with the yoyo's i have been toying with getting a few more but when they are full grown will it overstock the tank or can i add another mid to top shoaling fish?
As for the pygmy cory i think i will pick up 6-8 more tmr when i pick up my 20 gallon so that i can get it cycled for them. I have had the 55 set up for over a year so if i seed the 20 with gravel and some filter media from the 55 is should cycle fairly quickly right? The 20 is going to be planted as well so im not sure if that will effect how fast it cycles, my 55 took about a month before i added any livestock.
Again thanks for all the great info
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:29 PM   #5
 
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thanks for the advice. I agree with the yoyo's i have been toying with getting a few more but when they are full grown will it overstock the tank or can i add another mid to top shoaling fish?
As for the pygmy cory i think i will pick up 6-8 more tmr when i pick up my 20 gallon so that i can get it cycled for them. I have had the 55 set up for over a year so if i seed the 20 with gravel and some filter media from the 55 is should cycle fairly quickly right? The 20 is going to be planted as well so im not sure if that will effect how fast it cycles, my 55 took about a month before i added any livestock.
Again thanks for all the great info
A group of 5--4 would be OK, but no less--will be fine in a 55g. Lots of wood and river rock for hiding spots. They are social, but also territorial and need their own spaces. Upper fish will be fine, just note the comments in our profile.

Live plants added at the beginining will basically eliminate cycling, though I would not add corys first. A small group of upper water fish, then the corys after a couple weeks.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:41 PM   #6
 
Thanks for the reply. I will have the 20 gal set up and running by tmr afternoon, then will add plants on Tuesday. I think once I get the 20 ready for stocking I will also move the tetra to that tank as well and leave the 55 to the yoyo loaches until I decide what to put in with them. Thanks for all the advice :)
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