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post #1 of 50 Old 06-18-2012, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Multiple Tank Syndrome has set in

We've decided to get another tank and set it up in our sitting room. It'll be a 36 gallon bowfront, since that's about all we have room for. I'm going to do sand as it's going to be the home for the cories I desperately want.

My questions:

What are a few fish that work well with cories? I really only need 1-3 fish, since I want a fairly large school of cories.

What else besides sand and plants do I need to make cories happy? Driftwood?

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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post #2 of 50 Old 06-18-2012, 10:19 AM
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We've decided to get another tank and set it up in our sitting room. It'll be a 36 gallon bowfront, since that's about all we have room for. I'm going to do sand as it's going to be the home for the cories I desperately want.

My questions:

What are a few fish that work well with cories? I really only need 1-3 fish, since I want a fairly large school of cories.

What else besides sand and plants do I need to make cories happy? Driftwood?
I'm not qualified to answer your questions, I just want to ask how cool is it to live in Spacecoast, Fla.? I'm jealous.
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I gotta say, I love it here. Tons of sunshine and gorgeous blue skies mixed with enough thunderstorms to entertain.

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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I gotta say, I love it here. Tons of sunshine and gorgeous blue skies mixed with enough thunderstorms to entertain.
Awesome! Is the name a coincidence or are there space centers, launch pads or landing strips?
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post #5 of 50 Old 06-18-2012, 11:54 AM
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Welcome to the wonderful world of MTS. I've got 4 and still planning more!

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My questions:

What are a few fish that work well with cories? I really only need 1-3 fish, since I want a fairly large school of cories.

What else besides sand and plants do I need to make cories happy? Driftwood?
I'm guessing you already know your water params since you set up your first tank. If not, then we'll need your tap water pH and hardness (GH and KH). If I remember correctly, Florida mostly has hard water; this will impact the fish you can get. If that is the case, I would be looking at livebearers. Doing a tank of all males will prevent you from having to deal with the babies. It will also be more visually pleasing because the males are the pretty ones.

Another thing that makes cories happy is sand. They love to root around in it looking for morsels of food. I've seen some really cute videos online of people using a dropper to stuff frozen bloodworms in the sand for their cories to feast on. Look them up; they are adorable! ^-^

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Awesome! Is the name a coincidence or are there space centers, launch pads or landing strips?
Yep. We're right outside of Kennedy Space Center, where the shuttle used to launch. In fact, my husband used to work there and we were privileged to watch the last night launch from the basin, which is the closest you can get without being on the shuttle. ;o)

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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post #7 of 50 Old 06-18-2012, 12:17 PM
get play sand or non course gravel and not rough/sharp gravel.they have barbels and will dig in the sand.anything rough could cut or nick them. as for fish soft water species that are middle dweller that are non aggressive will do fine.what are the dimensions and how many cories are you planning to put in there.cories will only school if they are of the same species and the rule of thumb is min 6.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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Welcome to the wonderful world of MTS. I've got 4 and still planning more!

I'm guessing you already know your water params since you set up your first tank. If not, then we'll need your tap water pH and hardness (GH and KH). If I remember correctly, Florida mostly has hard water; this will impact the fish you can get. If that is the case, I would be looking at livebearers. Doing a tank of all males will prevent you from having to deal with the babies. It will also be more visually pleasing because the males are the pretty ones.
Livebearers don't really excite me if you're talking mollies and guppies. I was thinking something along the lines of 1-3 bigger fish that would mix with the cories. Maybe dwarf cichlids? I don't know much about them, though, which is why I was asking. Or maybe some kind of shark? I need to figure this out.

My water is about 7.6 - 7.8 ph and temp will probably run about 78-80 since I don't heat my current tank and that's where it ends up.

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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post #9 of 50 Old 06-18-2012, 12:26 PM
btw look up discus.you could keep a pair in there as a center piece

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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Bowfront tanks are beautiful! I wish you the best with it

You will always be my best friend, .
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