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post #11 of 26 Old 09-10-2009, 09:03 AM
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Kymmie, if you go to Aquabid for pygmy cories, check out the seller that goes by the name "CorysRus" from florida.....I purchased my pygmys and red coral pencilfish from them and they arrived very healthy and frisky......Seems they have a good grasp on shippping fish and the ones i got are still doing very well.........No matter who you buy from, shipping costs always suck!.....Good Luck!
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Fishyinpa- which species of pygmy does your LFS have?
I want some so badly I may have to break down and get some on aquabid. I really didn't want to purchase fish that were going to have to do an overnight air trip...stress!
My LFS got in a batch in over nine months ago, about 600, and they all expired a day later.
So, of course my LFS has decided not to place an order for them anytime soon.
Many corydoras do not travel well; they quickly succumb to ammonia poisioning in the bags unless they are shipped only a few to each bag. I have known of local stores receiving bags of all dead corydoras. And the pygmy seems to be especially sensitive, and sometimes difficult to acclimate to a new tank. If you see them in stores, it is always best to leave them for a week before purchasing; those that are swimming normally after a week will gnerally be OK if they are carefully introduced to your aquarium. Some may disagree, but I myself do not quarantine corys simply because it puts them through two bouts of new environment stress, and may well kill them. And the younger the fish, the worse this can be.

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Kymmie, if you go to Aquabid for pygmy cories, check out the seller that goes by the name "CorysRus" from florida.....I purchased my pygmys and red coral pencilfish from them and they arrived very healthy and frisky......Seems they have a good grasp on shippping fish and the ones i got are still doing very well.........No matter who you buy from, shipping costs always suck!.....Good Luck!
I've looked at CorysRus and they seem to be the tops as far as cories and selection. Everything Byron said is so true about pygmys. Florida to California, what a long transit. Still debating...either way, get those cories Fishyinpa! And post pics.

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oh,so do you think i should put the pygmys right in with my pandas? i hope they survive the trip. they only had a few,so i will be sad if they dont make it. are pencils sensitive to travelling as well?

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I bought 5 Pygmy cories at the San Diego Tropical Fish Society. They have mini auctions before the meetings once a month. I bought 5 for $13. 1 had died in my quarentine tank. I have 2 in my 3 gal. tank and 2 in my 6 gal. tank. They are so cute. They are mid level catfish I found out and they do like to hang around in the tank together side by side. They swim around with my dwarf rasboras and then settle on the bottom. They are not on the bottom most of the time like other catfish. I just love them. They are great for nano tanks or dwarf shrimp tanks and do not bother new born fry babies from my Tiger/endlers. A big school of them would look cute in a bigger tank. They are just not right for anyone with aggressive fish that will pick on them, Endlers/Tertras/Bushy nosed plecos/Dwarf shrimp/ any peaceful fish. I have a 55 gal/ tank that has bigger fish like Angelfish, Boesamani rainbow fish, tetras but would not put them in that tank as I think they might get picked on since they are tiny.
I hope you decide to go get them.
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oh,so do you think i should put the pygmys right in with my pandas? i hope they survive the trip. they only had a few,so i will be sad if they dont make it. are pencils sensitive to travelling as well?
The critical thing at first is how long the corys (and pencils too, and yes they are also sensitive to travel) have been in the store tank; if more than a few days and they look normal--swimming around, grazing over anything in the tank--buy them. Tell the store you are travelling however long, and they can ensure sufficient water and air (imortant, the air above the water). Then, at home, float the bag with the top open to equalize temperature first; then add some water (I generally do about one cup, some use the drip method) from the tank into the bag (still floating upright, don't let it tip) and wait 20 minutes, then another cup and wait. A third round wouldn't hurt for corys or pencilfish. After the last 20 minutes, net the fish into the aquarium. Do not tip the bag; you don't want the store water in your tank, it may contain pathogens and whatever, and will certainly contain fish waste (urine and solid) and more ammonia. This process works whether going directly into your display tank or into a quarantine if you use one.

As I mentioned before, I don't and I know that is taking a risk, but so is stressing the fish twice, and these are sensitive fish (pencils and corys). If everything looked good in the store tank--take a very close look at all the fish in it--you're probably OK. I've done this for more than 12 years and only a couple of times have I had ich (and that is easy to handle, the fish usually fight it off without intervention if they are healthy to begin with) and once years ago velvet but that was with Chocolate Gouramis, notorious for skin parasites.

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Thanks. I hear ya about stressing them twice. Is adding so many at once bad though? I thought I read only add 2-3 at at a time,but if both groups are sensitive,then Id hate to stress them out even more. Also, I got a hitchhiker along with my pygmies. I see a ghost shrimp in there lol. I dont know anything about them. What if ( I have to do a water change on the pandas tank anyways) I used the pandas old water in the q-tine tank? So they can get used to their water conditions before setting them in,plus then I can watch for illness and what not.

I got 6 pencils (still certain they arent goldens,but I dunno) and 4 pygmies. Plus the hitchhiker shrimp lol.

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Thanks. I hear ya about stressing them twice. Is adding so many at once bad though? I thought I read only add 2-3 at at a time,but if both groups are sensitive,then Id hate to stress them out even more. Also, I got a hitchhiker along with my pygmies. I see a ghost shrimp in there lol. I dont know anything about them. What if ( I have to do a water change on the pandas tank anyways) I used the pandas old water in the q-tine tank? So they can get used to their water conditions before setting them in,plus then I can watch for illness and what not.

I got 6 pencils (still certain they arent goldens,but I dunno) and 4 pygmies. Plus the hitchhiker shrimp lol.
Not sure i understand where is the adding all of them at once. If in quarantine, put all of them in the quarantine, otherwise not much point in only some. Then once they're ready, they can all go into the main tank together. And yes on the tank water. I assume your quarantine is somehow cycled? The water won't do this, as I expect you know. B.

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I thought you meant not q-tinig them and just putting them right into my cycled 12 gallon panda tank. sorry for the confusion.

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10 gallon male betta
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55 gallon Possible Barb tank?!



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I thought you meant not q-tinig them and just putting them right into my cycled 12 gallon panda tank. sorry for the confusion.
That is what I do, I never quarantine. If that is your decision, then yes, put all of them in the main tank using the method previously described (mixing the water, etc). B.

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