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post #1 of 13 Old 02-28-2008, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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cories??

im kind of a new fish keeper and i want some information about like minimun tank size, most popular cory i can get at lfs, how big do they get and what other kind of fish can live peacefully with them.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-28-2008, 07:41 PM
There are, quite lterally, hundreds of cories. All have their group of fans. Pick out the one you like and become a member of that fan club. Most rarely get over 2"-2 1/2"(many stay smaller), except for their cousins the Brochis which can get larger.
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-28-2008, 07:44 PM
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Here's what I know on cories. For the tank size, it depends on how many you have, but ten gallons at the very least is a must. They do best in groups, as they will feel more secure and will be more active. So if you have the room, a group of six would be great. They are a peaceful fish, and are a fun addition to most community tanks. They'll get along with tetras, danios, other peaceful catfish, discus, angelfish, rainbowfish, gouramis, plecos, and others. Most of them stay pretty small compared to other catfish, about two inches, but some, like corydoras habrosus, a dwarf species, will stay smaller. The most commonly seen cories in my experience are albino, bronze, spotted, peppered, panda, and julii. An actual fish store will give you a better variety, as opposed to Petco, for example.

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Here's what I know on cories. For the tank size, it depends on how many you have, but ten gallons at the very least is a must. They do best in groups, as they will feel more secure and will be more active. So if you have the room, a group of six would be great. They are a peaceful fish, and are a fun addition to most community tanks. They'll get along with tetras, danios, other peaceful catfish, discus, angelfish, rainbowfish, gouramis, plecos, and others. Most of them stay pretty small compared to other catfish, about two inches, but some, like corydoras habrosus, a dwarf species, will stay smaller. The most commonly seen cories in my experience are albino, bronze, spotted, peppered, panda, and julii. An actual fish store will give you a better variety, as opposed to Petco, for example.

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I was under the impression Corydoras julii are less likely imported in comparison to Corydoras trilineatus. Furthermore, both species in question are often confused with each other.

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I was under the impression Corydoras julii are less likely imported in comparison to Corydoras trilineatus. Furthermore, both species in question are often confused with each other.
*shrugs* I don't know if they're mislabeled or not, but I see "julii" cories all the time at Petco, Petsmart and the few fish stores I've been able to get to. I've heard that they are often confused, but I'm no expert, so I'm not sure what I was looking at. I'm just going by my personal experience.
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Well then, I actually think you should be observant of their differences and demand and supply. Either way, Corydoras julii are still rarely imported and the chances of finding the true Corydoras julii is very slim compared to the false one. I don't like mislabelling a fish for another species.

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As Zule said it will depend on your tank size. For a 10g I would suggest one of the pygmy species. For 20g and above I would suggest some of the larger species.

Cories are my absolute favourite fish, and there isn't really a variety that I dislike. However, if you are looking for activity and entertainment, from the group of cories most commonly seen in lfs's, I would suggest a group of aenus, often labelled as just bronze or albino cory. Sterbai are also very attractive and fun to watch but not seen just as commonly, and they tend to be quite expensive.

Let us know what tank size, and tank mates you have and we'll be better able to suggest some species for you. A few different species have different temperature ranges so if you had a tank with dscus for example i would have to recommend sterbai as they can handle much higher temperatures, whereas paleatus for example, would not be able to handle the high temperatures the discus require.
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I'm sorry? I didn't label the fish at the stores.
I don't have years under the belt. I'm relatively new to fish keeping, and I have been learning.
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I'm sorry? I didn't label the fish at the stores.
I don't have years under the belt. I'm relatively new to fish keeping, and I have been learning.
A lot of petstores make mistakes and are supposed to set good examples in fishkeeping especially towards beginners. You, as a hobbyist, can contribute your part by sharing to them what you know. Mislabelling a fish is one thing. Correcting it is another. Not all petstores are well-informed of the fact that most fish are rarely imported in comparison to another. Are you telling us you will stick to how your petstores label them as it is?

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A lot of petstores make mistakes and are supposed to set good examples in fishkeeping especially towards beginners. You, as a hobbyist, can contribute your part by sharing to them what you know. Mislabelling a fish is one thing. Correcting it is another. Not all petstores are well-informed of the fact that most fish are rarely imported in comparison to another. Are you telling us you will stick to how your petstores label them as it is?
No, that is most definitely not what I was saying. If I didn't know that they weren't Julii's, how was I supposed to correct it? I thought they were correctly labeled, but I know better now and I will say something to the petstores.

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