06-20-2008, 06:12 PM
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Tahitian moon sand is probably better for the cherries, as they'll have an easier time sorting through it to get all the bits of food.
Um, I was confused when you said you had a 30 long, as I don't think that's standard size. Possible a 30 breeder? What are the dimensions? As for the cories and kuhlis, I think you could do it, but it would depend on the dimensions of the tank. If you were doing both of them, I'd recommend just going for 6 pygmy cories.
There are some very nice solitary fish, but the problem is finding one that won't be nipped by your serpaes. Gourami were the first that came to mind, as they are top-dwellers, but will be shredded my the serpaes. Rams would work, but they are bottom dwellers, and a tad territorial, which leaves your bottom way too crowded.
As for pet shops, Skipton's in Roxbury is the place to go. They generally carry several types of cories including a pygmy species, and always carry RCS. I don't think I've seen black mollies, but I'm pretty sure they were looking for them. The only place I've seen them in the area was a Petco with a *very* bad outbreak of ich. Anyway, Skipton's, go to Shawn, B, Rich, or really anyone else and tell them Maeve sent you.
RCS are actually a bit pricey if you're looking to start a breeding colony. They run $5 a pop. I'd recommend going to a Boston Aquarium Society auction (3rd monday of each month). There were quite a few RCS there last time and they were running less than $1 a shrimp. I even saw some Sakura (super, SUPER, red) ones that didn't go for much more. If you can't find any there check out Aquabid.com