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Old 11-03-2009, 01:56 PM   #21
 
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Reviving this thread to ask a few more questions

The tank was actually matured and all for quite some time using the male guppies and some juvy bristlenose plecos. I'll be transfering the plecos over to the pond in a few weeks' time as they've gotten a bit bigger and would be able to withstand "life in the big pond" already.

Last week, I said I would be buying cories once the BNPs got transferred but then, a typhoon struck, knocking out the power. I made emergency measures to take care of the pond, but I forgot about my tank. So I lost two guppies, which happened to be my favorite ones. I kinda lost interest in the guppies, having lost my favorites, so I'm giving up the remaining 3 for adoption. So I'm searching for a new midwater tankmate for my future cats.

Will a shoal of 6 tiger barbs be compatible with corydoras? From what I've read their preferred temperature and PH levels are quite overlapping. My only uncertainty is that of temperament, since Tiger barbs are semi-agressive towards some other species of fish. Any expereience in keeping the two together?
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Old 11-03-2009, 02:04 PM   #22
 
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Reviving this thread to ask a few more questions

The tank was actually matured and all for quite some time using the male guppies and some juvy bristlenose plecos. I'll be transfering the plecos over to the pond in a few weeks' time as they've gotten a bit bigger and would be able to withstand "life in the big pond" already.

Last week, I said I would be buying cories once the BNPs got transferred but then, a typhoon struck, knocking out the power. I made emergency measures to take care of the pond, but I forgot about my tank. So I lost two guppies, which happened to be my favorite ones. I kinda lost interest in the guppies, having lost my favorites, so I'm giving up the remaining 3 for adoption. So I'm searching for a new midwater tankmate for my future cats.

Will a shoal of 6 tiger barbs be compatible with corydoras? From what I've read their preferred temperature and PH levels are quite overlapping. My only uncertainty is that of temperament, since Tiger barbs are semi-agressive towards some other species of fish. Any expereience in keeping the two together?
I wouldn't put these together in a 15g tank. Tiger barbs are less likely (but still may, its their nature) to be rough when kept in large groups of 9 or more, and given their active nature that is too many for a 15g in my view. If you want some colourful shoaling fish, consider any of the rasbora species, or several of the SA tetras would be fine with a group of corydoras.

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Old 11-03-2009, 02:14 PM   #23
 
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Thanks. Tiger barbs are sort of a nostalgic fish for me, since they were very popular aquarium fish when I was a kid, along with common livebearers such as black mollies. The popularity seems to have waned, as flowerhorns are all the rage here nowadays. Although personally I don't like FH.

I might set-up a different tank just for the tiger barbs. Because I really want to take care of them again. :D

I saw some colorful rasboras at a store recently and I thought they were cute. Although I was thinking that they seem too delicate. Is this really the case?
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:06 PM   #24
 
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Thanks. Tiger barbs are sort of a nostalgic fish for me, since they were very popular aquarium fish when I was a kid, along with common livebearers such as black mollies. The popularity seems to have waned, as flowerhorns are all the rage here nowadays. Although personally I don't like FH.

I might set-up a different tank just for the tiger barbs. Because I really want to take care of them again. :D

I saw some colorful rasboras at a store recently and I thought they were cute. Although I was thinking that they seem too delicate. Is this really the case?
Would have to know the species of rasbora, but I haven't myself come across any that are more problematical (delicate, sensitive) that others. Except maybe the dwarf/pygmy species. I have some Boraras merah that are very bright red with black markings, a real gem in a thickly planted aquarium; they are very small, and I lost a few within a couple days, I suspect to the filter. I had a surface skimmer attachment then which I have since removed after I found two pygmy gouramis in it, one still alive fortunately.

I know what you mean about Tiger Barbs, they are bright, colourfgul and active and nice in a large group. At the Vancouver Public Aquarium & Marine Science Centre here there is a tank with dozens of these fish (and other from the same geographic area), very beautiful.

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Old 01-25-2010, 12:11 PM   #25
 
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finally, I got to buy the corydoras!

I settled for 5 bronze corys: 3 longfin and 2 albinos. I wanted all longfins but the store (a trusted LFS for fellow local hobbyists) only had 3 left. Another store also had longfin bronzes, but I don't trust that store since the fish are in poor condition. So I just bought 2 albinos from the trusted store. However, the albinos don't seem to gather with the longfins and stick to themselves. Did I do the right thing? But then again it's only been a day. Maybe they'll start hanging out with each other later.

They're currently with 5 male guppies but after a month or two I'll be transferring the guppies to my pond and getting either rummynose tetras or harlequin rasboras.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:58 PM   #26
 
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congrats on the new fish.
my albino and peppered never hung out together,apart from feeding time,
or to eat each others eggs.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:15 PM   #27
 
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Certain species shoal more with other species. But either way the main thing is there are several corydoras in the tank, and that gives them security and less stress, so better health.

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Old 01-25-2010, 11:52 PM   #28
 
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Thanks, Willow and Byron.

Funny thing one of the albino corys thinks he's a guppy or something. While the other 4 are rooting around in the sand, this guy swims around actively and hangs out with the guppies. LOL

I use sinking pellets for the cories but I've noticed that the guppies sometimes snatch the pellets away. I think I'll be switching to tablet-type food for them so the guppies can't carry it off.
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