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What to put in with corydoras??
Old 08-22-2010, 04:55 AM   #11
 
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if u had corys and gouramis maybe could i have gouramis with my corys or is that a no no??
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:57 AM   #12
 
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how powerful? from my experience, most fish (at least the ones i've kept lol) dont like the strong current produced by a lot of internal power filters (assuming thats what you mean.) especially in a small tank like that, it could stress them a lot because they will constantly be having to battle the current. if it's bad enough, the fish have to expend so much energy to not be swept away that they can't even swim.

i know people do it all the time, but my experiences havent been good. that's why i have a homemade filter in my 60 liter tank. it's very effective and very gentle. fish taht have to constantly be battling currents will get very stressed. its especially bad for them when they are just settling into the tank i think, because that is when they weakest..
oddly enough i haven't heard people talk much about the stress of currents though, so i'm starting to think i'm the only one.
are you buying like a tank kit or something, with everything included? and will it be planted?
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:01 AM   #13
 
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if u had corys and gouramis maybe could i have gouramis with my corys or is that a no no??
that's fine, just don't get more than one gourami, and don't put in any other anabantids (i.e. bettas) because they will fight. anabantids are really agressive!
gouramis are delightful, one of my favorite fish. they can get kind of big, so you'd probably want the larger tank if you had a gourami. or you could get one of the Dwarf Gourami, which are fine in small tanks...actually i would reccomend that :D (p.s. if you click on the name 'dwarf gourami' above you should get the species profile for them)
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:02 AM   #14
 
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gah i keep forgetting to say things in my posts i meant to ask, how do you intend to cycle the tank?
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:10 AM   #15
 
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Ummm. I dnt think the filter is to powerful but its powerful in the wqta that its good if u see wat i mean. Maybe a gourami might be a good idea!! Just 1 do u think? Do they fight if they are in groups???
Cycling is wen u get the tank running and get the filter with the healthy good bacteria?? I am currently doing something like that in my goldfish tank it had high levels of ammonia but we have corrected that now now its the nitrates, nitrites we need to fix. Were using prime at the mo but it seems to be working. We taking a sample in on tuesday to chacke if its finnaly done. For the new tank im going to do similar to my goldfish tank, but probably maybe thats why i was gunna put a platy or 2 in to help hte cycle. It is gunna be planted with a lot of hiding places especially for the corys. and some hopefully floar=ting plants. But do u have any tips on how 2 cycle a fish ta nk well??
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:20 AM   #16
 
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um ok first lets sort out the cycle as its really important :P
whatever you do, DONT add any fish straight away, plant the tank first. also if you can afford it, get nitrite/nitrate/ammonia test kits (liquid ones)...they can be really expensive, but its worth it. and a liquid ph test kit if u dont already have one. it will save a lot of trips to the store :P
i think you should start off with a few small hardy fish, so that if the plants dont use up all the ammonia and nitrate (nitrite will still be a problem) you aren't going to be killing fish. lots of people reccomend platys, but you might want to check with someone to make sure that's ok because as i have already said, platys need harder water (some people refer to this as 'basic' water.)
you'll need to monitor the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate daily to see what is happening. plants use ammonia and nitrate as food and can help control nitrate in a cycled tank. when the tank is cycling they will use up the ammonia. nitrite is still there at some point in the cycle, so regular water changes are essential to reduce that as well as other toxins. i'd say maybe a water change every second day during cycling? it sounds excessive but it's probably a good idea.
whatever the case, only once there are readings of 0 for ammonia and nitrite and hopefully not too much nitrate (in a planted tank there may even be none), should you add fish. i've never kept dwarf gouramis before so i don't know much about how hardy they are, but i'm pretty sure they've got to be hardier than corys, so maybe add one of those first.
and definitely only get one. or disaster will ensue haha!

sorry for long post! and sorry to fish experts if any of that cycling info is incorrect!
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:29 AM   #17
 
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Thnk u, my local fish store is only a 2 minute walk and they do free liquid tests so i dnt mind going there all the time to get it checked. Cleaning them out isnt a prblem im cleaning my goldfish tank out every day and ive been doing that for about 2 weeks, because my water wasnt very good. and i needed to change it and add the chemcials so i coulod get a shriimp in there. I just looked up dwarf gouramis they are very beautiful fish it said to jeep them in pairs but i dont think i want lots of babys and if the male starts getting aggresisve i dnt have a big enough secong tank to separate them. But i think that might be a better idea. Than platys but i will see, because in the fish tankt he guppys and corys are in the same tank anyway. Thnk u for the advice on cycling that was very helpful.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:39 AM   #18
 
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i'm glad i could help :)
you mean the guppies and corys are in the same tank in the store? just because two species are kept in the same tank in the store doesn't mean they should be kept together. the tanks in stores are just for holding purposes, and often there isn't enough space to put them in different tanks. or sometimes the shop people are just stupid but mostly it's just a practicality thing. at my local pet shop (which, by the way, treats its fish TERRIBLY) they had several dwarf gouramis in one tank, and boy were they attacking each other. you'd want to be sure you got a pair and even then it's risky. i think one will be ok, but you should probably ask someone with more experience of gouramis.
good luck with the tank :)
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:43 AM   #19
 
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Thnx again, i think one gourami and a few corys should be enough, maybe even the corys may breed??? better to have more space rather than them being squashed!! Whats ur local pet shop called just wandering??? Because my local fish tank DNT TREAT ALL OF THERE THE BEST, ONE LARGE ABOPUT 25CM PIRANHA is kept in a cage about 30 by 20 cm!!
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:41 AM   #20
 
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um i cant tell you what its called, partially cos i can't remember but also i kind of dont want to name names if you know what i mean. i never buy fish there. i think pet shops are bad places to buy fish because they have so many other animals to look after, and they dont specialise in fish, so the staff are even less likely to know anything about what they are selling.

i have a sad story about my local pet shop. about a month ago i went there just to see what fish they had. there was a lovely little female betta in a tank , along with another female betta who was looking listless and not swimming. i almost bought the healthy looking one because i thought she looked sweet and she wasn't being looked after too well (the tank was full of sick, dead or dying fish). anyway a few weeks later i went back to the shop and the poor little betta was lying on the bottom of the tank dead. the other betta that had not been swimming was in the same spot as i had last seen her, also dead or dying. i felt like crying. i should have bought that fish!

needless to say, don't buy your fish from a shop like that. do you have any other local fish stores? i dont like the sound of the one you mentioned its essential to start off with healthy fish or else things will not be good.
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