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post #1 of 15 Old 05-29-2007, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of Catfish???

Would go well in my 29g with Guppies(and their fry)?

Current tank occupants are 3 Guppies-2 female and 1 male, 12 fry, 1 goldfish(2-1/2").
I have the water treated with salt(1tbs per 5g).
Substrate is large gravel.
Water Parameters are:
Temp 78
PH 7.2
KH 120ppm
GH 300ppm
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0

I dont have an ammonia test kit...yet.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-29-2007, 01:52 PM
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corydoras / small pleco
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Went looking for some info on Cory's...
Found this link... WOW ...had no idea there were so many different types!!!
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...php?genus_id=1
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sterbais are my personal favourite cories... they're so cute and playful
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Corydoras for me. Coryologist will be more than delighted to help you identify species of cories that you can't identify.

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post #6 of 15 Old 05-29-2007, 11:22 PM
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Corys are great. There is a reason they tend to be the default catfish in community tanks - they're peaceful, active (usually), amusing, and easy to care for.

Less easy to care for, amusing and active, but even more interesting are driftwood cats. The only one that springs to mind right off is Tatia perugia, the Oil catfish. They are a absolutely mindblowingly gorgeous dappled light green and dark brown. They has some of that outer space alien look that full grown pangius cats have, but they stay around 3". They're entirely peaceful, yet they will keep your fry population down. They don't like to come out into the light, but the go cuckoo for frozen bloodworms. Nice catfish all around.

If you want something unusual, you could go for these. If not, then corys are the way to go. I have a half dozen Pandas in the 20 gallon tank that my 7 year old has her remaining guppies in (time to add a couple females and recharge the population).

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post #7 of 15 Old 05-30-2007, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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8) Well...I'm the proud owner of 2 Juvenile Emerald Green Cory's!
These little guys are gorgeous with irridescent green gill plates.
Their only about 3/4" long and they made themselves right at home.
They move around alot which has added a great aspect to the tank.
They can also take apart an algae wafer right quick like too.
When they were introduced into the tank they had lost some color in transport from the LFS. They got it back within 30 minutes though 8)
Might have to get them some brothers and sisters!

I looked at the Bristlenose they had but they did not look very healthy, plus they were slightly bigger than I wanted to start out with, so they stayed there.

Happy with the Cory's....I'll get pic's of them ASAP
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-30-2007, 06:21 PM
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You'll probably get better action out of the corys if you get a third of the same species. Also, if you have somewhere where hey can get overhead cover (a cave or such) you'll see a lot more of them than otherwise. Finally, bear in mind that Brochis splendans gets a shade over 3" long, so plan accordingly. They're not going to stay the small cute fish you bought (They'll retain a certain amount of cutitude, but not so much as when they're peanut sized) so plan retreats accordingly.

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post #9 of 15 Old 05-30-2007, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks...I have planned to get them some partners and have taken into account their full-grown size when planning the stock.
They have been swimming the glass most of the afternoon now...their everywhere! They spent the first 45minutes to an hour feeding off the bottom and now it's like they have boundless energy!
Their activity has the guppies out and about more too. No hiding for them in the corners...LOL...The cory's just bulldoze right through them
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Cory Pic's

Well I ended up getting 2 more so theres 4 now...all just as beautiful as the one below 8)
They are much greener than the pic shows but the flash brought out the Gold.
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