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Old 12-07-2008, 01:15 AM   #11
 
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Cute tank. The gourami looks like a honey gourami and will be fine by itself or as a pair (male and female). The tetra looks like a white skirt? I would get 5 more as they are a schooling fish. Unfortunately I would not keep cories on that rough gravel as it will wear their barbels down. The one you have will be unhappy without more of his kind so you may want to return him.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:02 PM   #12
 
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Here is another update on my aquarium! I went out today and purchased a background, which looks nice! In addition, I purchased 5 tetras (3 black skirt, and 2 white skirt), 1 Dwarf Gold Honey Gourami, 1 Peppered Cori.

So now I have the following in my tank.
- 2 Guppies
- 6 Tetras (3 White Skirt, 3 Black Skirt)
- 2 Dwarf Gold Honey Gourami's
- 2 Peppered Cori's

I have a few questions about breeding tanks, or tanks that are used for isolating purposes. What tank size would be best for this type of setup? Is there any other items I would need specially for this type of setup? Or anything I would run into that I would need, like any special foods, dechlorinators, or anything of that type?


Here is the updated picture.

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Old 12-08-2008, 05:04 PM   #13
 
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Does someone know about my above questions? I'm interested in getting something like a separate tank for breeding or hospitalization purposes for Christmas, and wanted a little more knowledge on it. Thanks :]
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:27 PM   #14
 
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I don't know the answers to your question about breeder tanks. However, I did want to say how really nice your tank looks now!
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:02 PM   #15
 
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Thanks so much aunt kymmie! With this being my first aquarium experience, I think I did a really good job for my first tank. The extra plants, bubble wall, and background really completed the look in my opinion. Also the colorful plants went well with my multi-colored gravel. :]
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:43 PM   #16
 
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Really good job on your first tank? I say really GREAT job on your first tank.
I also wanted to mention something. Did you add all seven new additions at once? If so, keep a close eye on your water parameters and watch for any spiking. You may have to do some more frequent water changes for awhile. I don't know how up to the task your biological is in response to the new bio-load. Just something to closely monitor for now....

PS. Like Jeaninel I also have concerns over the cories and their sensitive barbels...

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Old 12-08-2008, 11:09 PM   #17
 
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I did add all seven additions all at once, I've been keeping a close eye on the parameters, and am doing frequent water changes. About the Cories, the barbels are just below the mouth right? About these sensitive barbels, do these contribute to their well being or happiness? I thought I read somewhere else on the forums that some people had Cories they bought that came with no barbels and are still doing just fine, or something of this sort, don't remember what thread this was though.

Is there any way to hide my tubing that is used for my bubble wall? It kinda sticks out like a sore thumb and thought there was a solution to this.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:33 PM   #18
 
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Their barbels are most definitely paramount to their happiness & well being. You did read about people aquiring cories with absent barbels and sure, they may be doing fine, but I doubt it could be considered great. You can either swap out gravel for sand (which is what I did for my loaches & pictus: issue? BARBELS!) and keep everyone happy, or you could return them in exchange for something more appropriate for your tank. Sorry to be a "rain on your parade", truly.

As far as your tubing...the tubing comes in black and would melt into the background of your tank and you wouldn't see it. I think that's the optimum solution for camouflage.
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:35 PM   #19
 
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The tetras and cories are schooling fish and really need to be in groups. Schools of 5-6 are what to aim for. Seeing them in large schools is definitely a treat, and fish that live in schools like this can become stressed and eventually die if they aren't in proper schools.

Your tetra looks like a white skirt tetra. Getting more of the same or possibly some black skirt tetras (they can't tell the difference) would be a good idea, especially as these fish are known to be nippy and increasing the school size can cut down on this. They won't school with other species of tetras, though, only with different color morphs of their own species.

Although some cories are known to school with other species, it's probably safer to just get more of the same species. As others have said, that rough gravel will really be hard on their barbels and after the tank is established, you should consider replacing the gravel with sand. It looks great, too.

The gourami should do a pretty decent job of eating your guppy fry should you have mixed sexes and thus a lot of breeding going on.

EDIT: That'll teach me to post a response before reading Page 2 of the thread. Good to hear you've increased the school sizes, although three or more cories wouldn't hurt. About their barbels: corydoras catfish are scavenging bottom-feeders; they use their sensitive barbels to feel for bits of food along the bottom. With a rough substrate like yours, the barbels will wear down and won't allow them to find food as effectively. Also, they can cut or otherwise injure their barbels which results in infection, which then often leads to death. Switching substrates is definitely good idea but is best done once the tank has matured and should be done in increments in order to avoid a mini-cycle.

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Old 12-12-2008, 10:52 AM   #20
 
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I have a cory that came from the LFS with very short barbels. He is on sand in my 37 gallon. I'm hoping they will grow back. I do have gravel in my 55 but it is a small, rounded gravel. The cories in there all have very nice long barbels and they've been in there for over a year.

As for the QT/breeding tank a 10 gallon with a sponge filter would work well. You'll also need a 50 watt heater.
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