I am considering what fish I can get when I've cycled my tanks and I like the look of the corydoras julii so I'd like some opinions about its suitability for my setup.
I have a 35-litre tank and am getting a 75-litre tank as well. I have 5 platies at the moment (at least I hope I still do, one seems to have disappeared...). At this stage, I can be flexible about how to arrange them and I can split them up between the tanks if necessary. I've been advised that 5 is too many for the smaller tank, so I'm either going to move all of them (hopefully I'll still have them after the tank has cycled) to the bigger tank, or move some of them at least. Compatibility with platies
So, the first question is, are the julii compatible with platies? Tank size
From what I've read so far, they'd only be suited to the bigger tank, but is it big enough for them? Number of fish
I've read that they want a school, but I've read opinions ranging from 2-6 as being acceptable numbers. I'm thinking that 5 sounds like a good number, but when considering that many, the question is whether there's enough room for 5 platies and 5 catfish in the bigger tank? Water alkalinity
The water here is naturally alkaline. It tested at 7.8 (or higher, that's the highest on the chart). The aquarium shop sold me some pH neutralizer but I've been advised in my other thread that I should leave the pH alone. Can the julii cope with my water pH? Other options
I'm open to other suggestions for small bottom feeders suited to what I have. Unfortunately, the pygmy cories don't seem to be available locally (I haven't checked all shops, but the ones I usually go to don't have them). They do have the julii which seems to be one of the smaller ones available to me and I like the look of them.
I'd appreciate any opinions or advice. Thanks.