Sooo I'm getting my harlequin rasboras tomorrow for my 55gal. I have cherry barbs, neon tetras, and one crowntail betta right now. Considering adding a school of Black Ruby Barbs at a later date, but don't wanna overstock so I don't know. I have lots of plants and more are coming tomorrow with the fish! Driftwood and lava rock too, lots of hiding. The gravel is a darkish brown color but varies with some white or lighter color pieces mixed in. It's not too big, and not sharp so I believe corys will be ok in it.
So here's the deal: I've had Cory's before, the albino kind, and I must say I used to be a fish murderer. Simply put I was young and didn't know what I was doing... I didn't feed the corys their own food because I was told they eat leftovers, and my water was way to hard (I think) for them. I want to give the corys I eventually get an amazing habitat and life to make up for the others
I am waiting a whole month from now even though my tank has been cycled for 6mo+ and the fish have been fine, I want the water parameters to be very stable and the plants to grow out more.
I have also been researching and trying to develop a feeding regimen. I have half a can of Wardley Shrimp Pellet Formula, I ordered some of the Hikari Algae wafers with a cory cat on them, and I still have half a package of frozen blood worms that I feed once a week, the day before a water change. I want to supplement their diets more though, so is this ok or is there more foods my catfish will like? Below are the ones I have liked looking through the profiles, but I am very open to suggestions (have to consider pet store availability, but I think we have like 10 species available for ordering) Stocking... 3 Spotfin(Corydoras punctatus) OR Julli(Corydoras julii) OR Tailspot Cory(Corydoras caudimaculatus) 4 Smudge Spot Cory (Corydoras similis)
4 Panda Cory 3 Sterbai Cory
But then again I may skip out on the Sterbai. I also REALLY like any of the three pygmy/dwarf varieties, but I would want six of that type if I added one of them, due to their smaller size.
My water is 7.0-7.2pH and pretty soft, and I expect it to drop more since I just added a LOT of driftwood today. My temp is 77F.
SO ANYWAYS, will my tank be overstocked with all these corys, and would my plans be ok or should I cut down the species types and have the same number, or what?
I would really think about 6 of a dwarf or pygmy and 4 smudge spot and 4 pandas.
And for feeding, is a mix of those foods plus whatever ends up on the bottom (with my voracious neons it isn't much..) good enough for these corys? Any other suggestions?
Thanks if you read my novel