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post #1 of 11 Old 02-10-2009, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Bottom Dwellers and Tetra's

Have 6 Serpae Tetras in a 10 Gallon FW tank and was wondering about "Bottom Dwellers" ?

Not sure what is classified as a bottom dweller.

The Tetras's run in a pack, and just wanted to add something to break the tank layout a bit.

Also, do not want to add to the bio-load too much, so ideas on what would work alone or as a pair...

Thanks in advance.

No live plants, yet.

Tank PH = 7.41
Hardness = 210
Alkalinity = 108
TDS = 528
Phosphates = 2.05 mg/l
Ammonia = 0.003
Nitrites = 0.005
Nitrates = 18.23

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-10-2009, 01:25 PM
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I'm curious, how did you get those water parameter numbers?

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post #3 of 11 Old 02-10-2009, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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I work in a water treatment lab, so have access to some pretty nice equipment.

Most are run on a Spectrophotometer or a Colorimeter.

Have a API master kit, but have a hard time with some of the colors.

Ammonia and Nitrite readings will always show some numbers.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-11-2009, 06:48 AM
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Nice.

The bad news is that your tank is too small for some of the more conventional bottom dwellers. There's just not enough real-estate on the bottom to accommodate a group of conventional cories. You could probably pick up some pygmy cories, a small school of four to six but I wouldn't recommend anything more. 6 Serpaes and 6 pygmy cories would have that tank about full in my opinion.

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post #5 of 11 Old 02-11-2009, 07:28 AM
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I'd rather have a group of show quality male guppies with snails than tetras and cories.

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post #6 of 11 Old 02-13-2009, 09:58 AM
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Id say a cory or two would be okay, maybe stick with the smaller species, panda cories are cute!

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I'd avoid them regardless. Corys do better in schools and one or two fish isn't a school. Even pandas can get up to 2" long. A standard 10 gallon is 20 by 10 inches. With 5 to 6 full grown pandas that's a fairly crowded bottom. Toss in the fact that they've got a half dozen serpaes already in the tank and you're getting overstocked at that point.

Pygmys would be the only corys I'd put in a 10 gallon.

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I'd avoid them regardless. Corys do better in schools and one or two fish isn't a school. Even pandas can get up to 2" long. A standard 10 gallon is 20 by 10 inches. With 5 to 6 full grown pandas that's a fairly crowded bottom. Toss in the fact that they've got a half dozen serpaes already in the tank and you're getting overstocked at that point.

Pygmys would be the only corys I'd put in a 10 gallon.

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You'll get so much more out of your tetras and cories if you bumped up to a 29 gallon tank. Go for about a dozen serpaes and 5 cories (Pandas are nice, Sterbas too, I find that Aeneus cories are a little less shy). Toss in 3 otos or an albino Bristlenose, plant with Amazon swords, and tuck some driftwood in there if you have a Bristlenose and a couple of caves for the cories.

If you have to stick with the 10, you'd be better off skipping the cories entirely and putting in about 4 kuhli loaches. Pygmy cories (and the similarly sized C. habrosus and C. hastatus) really do best in schools o 10 or more.

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