I was recently at one of my local chain petstores picking up some more water conditioner, and as usual I browse through the livestock tanks just to see what they had. I normally don't buy my fish from the chain stores as I have a GREAT local independent store nearby, but I'm always curious.
They say they have julii cories and emerald cories, both of which I generally don't see at this pet store or in this area at all. As a result, I don't know much about them and how to identify the "real" ones versus the "false" ones. I'm excited and would love to get some as my cory options are peppered, albino, and occasionally I'll find a panda or two (but I've killed a couple of those and am scarred). I have peppered which I love, and the albino ones seem like they're too sensitive for me. I've been looking to add bottom feeders to another tank that is lacking bottom movement.
I remember seeing somewhere on this forum that Byron had said that most advertised Julii cories actually aren't, and same with Emeralds. I'd like to know more about this. I highly doubt that this petstore (PetCo) has the real deal if they are uncommon, so I'm trying to learn about whatever the actual species is.
What can anyone tell me about these mis-identified julii and emerald cories? Tank size, hardness, pH requirements would be great, but also just general information about them.
I have 2x10 gallon tanks, slightly basic (7.6-7.8), hard water but not extreme, live plants, gravel substrate, heated to 78 (but adjustable). Current tank mates would be sunburst and red wag platies.