10-01-2009, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by 1077
If I were to try pygmy cory's , It would be in a well established tank (3months minimum). The tank would have sand substrate. The tank would also be at least ten gal with moderate current which I would achieve by using a filter rated for twenty gal. The tank would have subdued lighting by using floating live plant's or artificial. I would have places for the little fella's to retire to such as caves made of pieces of slate resting on smooth,small river stones. I might even use a medium length air stone hidde behind some artifical or real plants along the back glass. I might also use some fake, or real driftwood either a large piece or several small pieces for fish to rest on or up against or under. I would keep the temp at 75 to 77 degrees which may be too cool for tankmates such as Bettas. Some people keep these little fish in much warmer water and with differing decor than what I have described, but I am only suggesting what I would do.
I learned all of this the hard way...I had 5 pygmies and lost 3 in a week. My water chemistry was OK, but it was not a well established tank, it was warm (78 degrees), and my water was harder than they like.
The surviving two are in a sandy 10 gallon with the 3 (soon to be 5) sterbai, a couple of nice hiding spots and several plants, and adding more. Even though it is not good that tere are only two, I'm not going to try any more pygmies, at least as long as I am living in Central Texas. I learned the hard way to seek out good sources of information...1077 and Byron are two of them