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Thanks. I've got gravel. It's smooth, so it should be ok.
i have 1 albino cory it is in my 37-40 gal tank(USgal) it does fine it swims around the tank. i hvae gravel. they will do fine with platies. when i got mine all the other fish were wondering what it was so they followed it for a while. i know they r schooling fish jst waiting to get some pocket money to get another 1 or 2.
the types fish that i have r?
mollies 4 normal 1 sailfin
swordtails 8 normal 1 bouble swordtail
bristle nose catfish-5 albino 5 normal
2 albino and 1 bronze corydoras
Zebra danios 4 normal 1spotted 1 albino longfin
1 Betta red/blue/purple
bristle nose fry
I have another question about the cories. How hardy are the julii cories? The reason I ask is that they are a lot more expensive than the peppered and bronze. I'd like to be confident that they would survive (after the tank is stable, of course) before spending extra on them. If they are sensitive I'd rather pick something less sensitive. What do you think? What species should I get? Thanks.
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im assuming what youre looking at are 3-lined corys and not true julii's, as those are rare. i have a school of 6 of them. i had a couple die before i was able to get them established in my tank. from what i heard, they can be a little sensitive in the beginning, but are hardy once you have had them for a while. maybe introduce them slowly, just one or two at a time?
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That's what I was afraid of. Because they are more expensive, I wouldn't want to lose any. It could get pretty expensive, pretty quickly. I'm better off sticking with what will work rather than what I'd like to have. I could maybe get 3 peppered, then try adding a julii to see how it would go (assuming that's ok, seeing as they prefer groups). If I lost it, I could just get a couple more peppered instead. If it did ok, I could add another couple julii.
Corydoras will settle in fine provided the tank is established (2+ months) and the water quality is stable. Regular weekly partial water changes of 40% and no unusual issues (diesease, medications, etc) will mean an established tank. Buy the cory you like, you'll be happier; just have things prepared. The species with lines, whatever they might actually be as there are several very similar in appearance and often under inaccurate names in stores, are very nice corys and they will be fine, just make sure the tank is stable.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Thanks Byron. You are more optimistic than I am I'll be glad when I'm actually able to make a decision and put it into practice. I keep reading more and more and getting more and more confused and uncertain. I go from having decided what to do to thinking it's all wrong and I'm headed for disaster I'll settle down when the tanks are cycled and the fish (hopefully) haven't all died on me.
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