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post #1 of 9 Old 07-05-2010, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all quick question, is it necessary to have driftwood/bogwood while keeping Corys? More specifically Three Line Cory (Corydoras trilineatus). I know in the profile it is recomended, whats the reason?

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-06-2010, 02:05 AM
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Hey all quick question, is it necessary to have driftwood/bogwood while keeping Corys? More specifically Three Line Cory (Corydoras trilineatus). I know in the profile it is recomended, whats the reason?

Thanks for the input!
Mike

Most often we attempt to mimick the enviornment that fish would be found at in the wild. Most of the corydoras or many,, are wild caught fishes and by attempting to provide a enviornment that is familiar to the fish, we can keep stress to a minimum.
Would google info on the care of the species you mention and perhaps more info will help with respect to that fish.
Planet Catfish.com has much info on many species of corydoras as well as Plecos.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-06-2010, 07:43 AM
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Although aesthetically pleasing, Corys do not require driftwood for any reason relating to their heath and proper care. - Frank

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Corys do require places to escape and "hide" or shelter, and while plants can provide this to some extent, wood as in their natural habitat works very well. Corys will be less stressed and more settled, and therefore healthier, if they have a "familiar" environment. This applies to all fish not just corys. That's why wood is recommended by most aquarists for corys and other forest fish.

As Peter Hiscock points out in his book on aquascaping, a fish placed in a sparse tank is going to constantly feel threatened and vulnerable. The fish cannot know it is safe from predators. It's natural instincts tell it that is is not, because it expects to have spots to flee to for protection. Even though it may not need them, it feels more relaxed knowing they are there.

There is another related point too on wood; corys naturally browse surfaces for food. They do not remain on the substrate, many species spend as much (and some even more) time off the substrate doing this; plant leaves and wood provide this opportunity, which is another calming influence.

Keeping the species in a group of at least 3 but preferably 5 or more also works like this. Together they feel less threatened, and they have a social interaction which is fun to observe. All of this in interconnected.

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Simply not necessary. I know dozens of Cory breeders who keep dozens of species in different setups. Although, as I stated, it certainly does not hurt, driftwood is simply not required to keep Corys happy, healthy and spawning, nor is any type of shelter, for that matter. Low light and some plants is quite sufficient to provide cover, especially if they are the only occupants of the tank. Cheers. - Frank

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-06-2010, 01:26 PM
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Which is basically what I wrote. And I will accept the views of David Sands, Warren Burgess and Stanley Weitzman and countless others. Providing wood is a positive in community tanks which is quite different from breeding setups.

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post #7 of 9 Old 07-06-2010, 01:35 PM
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It's a positive in any tank - it's simply not a requirement for happy, healthy Corys, unless you sell driftwood for a living. lol. Additionally, I did not see, "community tank," mentioned anywhere. - Frank

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Thank you gentlemen for your replies. I suppose a little more information would be helpful. The tank does currently have driftwood in it but I really don't like it or it's placement. So while I search for a replacement piece I'm just going to remove it. I do have some decent plant cover (its coming in nicely) and some decor that provides some hiding spots when needed.

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It's a positive in any tank - it's simply not a requirement for happy, healthy Corys, unless you sell driftwood for a living. lol. Additionally, I did not see, "community tank," mentioned anywhere. - Frank
Original poster lists 10 gal tank ,with barbs and afore mentioned corys along with 55 gallon under construction under his/her aquariums.
While perhaps not a requirement, (wood) it is as you say, a positive for many tanks and would provide the fish with some place to retire to if inclined.
If I were a female cory, having witnessed the attention that they receive from numerous males in community type setting during spawning activity, I would welcome the refuge that such decor provides and unless the fish are many generations removed from their often still wild caught cousins,, they would in my view appreciate familiar setting or as near as we can attempt to provide be it sand,plants,gravel,or wood.
This is entirely seperate in my view from breeding tanks.
Have kept for example Discus in bare bottom tanks and they often huddled shoulder to shoulder in one corner of the tank. Placed in a tank with suitable decor,, the fish were much more active and in my view,, comfortable. (although tank was harder to clean)
Air stones, and or powerheads for example, aren't a requirement for keeping perhaps the majority of fishes healthy or happy ,but if one has witnessed the antics of fishes including cory's , loaches,and some other catfishes swimming in and out of the stream of current and or bubbles produced by such devices,, they would in my view,, be hard pressed not to believe the fishes must derive some pleasure from the activity.
While some may view happiness of fishes as being largely subjective, I am not so sure.

All of the above based entirely on my own observations and expieriences. Opinions vary.

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