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post #21 of 25 Old 07-18-2011, 01:31 AM
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Many fish will be a bit nippy at first as they establish a "pecking order". This usually only lasts a couple hours, maybe 2 days tops. Reading the profiles and the information Byron provided there shouldn't be any long term problems, especially with the Glowlight tetras staying near the bottom and the cochu's staying nearer the top. Having plants also will help calm them. It is possible to get an aggresive individual fish even though the species is generally peaceful. This can occur with any fish though, and in my experience is rather rare.

Somewhat related, I had a school of 12 danios in my tank and I introduced 6 harlequin Rasbora. The danios chased the Rasbora relentlessly to the point of exhaustion for about 4 hours. After that they got along great and I would occasionally see the rasbora merge in with the danio school.
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So far I have 8 Glowlight tetra and 7 Cochu's. My next buy will be a Whiptail catfish.

I was looking at Pygmy Cory to get as possibly my last group of shoalers. I read the fish profile and they seem within the ranges of my tanks parameters.

Does anyone have any hands on experience with these? Also will I have enough room to pick up like 8 or 9 of these with what I already have in?
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So far I have 8 Glowlight tetra and 7 Cochu's. My next buy will be a Whiptail catfish.

I was looking at Pygmy Cory to get as possibly my last group of shoalers. I read the fish profile and they seem within the ranges of my tanks parameters.

Does anyone have any hands on experience with these? Also will I have enough room to pick up like 8 or 9 of these with what I already have in?
Corydoras pygmaeus would work. I find the dwarf species of corys to be the most difficult. They do better with sand substrate, I found that out--mine have now lasted longer over sand than they did over gravel. My regular corys have no issues with gravel. And a large group like 9-12 is better. You could have another species as well, say 5 of one of the "medium" sized corys.

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Corydoras pygmaeus would work. I find the dwarf species of corys to be the most difficult. They do better with sand substrate, I found that out--mine have now lasted longer over sand than they did over gravel. My regular corys have no issues with gravel. And a large group like 9-12 is better. You could have another species as well, say 5 of one of the "medium" sized corys.

Ahh.. they might not like my tank then as Im using the flourite-activ flora combo. Maybe I'll just get the medium sized corys for now until I get a little more experience. I'd just feel bad bringing in a fish I know would be happier with a different set up (sand).

Oh! One more quick question, I saw a blue mystery snail at my LFS the other day and i ALMOST bought it. However I convinced myself to stick with the stock I had planned out for the tank. In your experience are 1 or 2 of these snails worth having? are snails in general worth having?
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Ahh.. they might not like my tank then as Im using the flourite-activ flora combo. Maybe I'll just get the medium sized corys for now until I get a little more experience. I'd just feel bad bringing in a fish I know would be happier with a different set up (sand).

Oh! One more quick question, I saw a blue mystery snail at my LFS the other day and i ALMOST bought it. However I convinced myself to stick with the stock I had planned out for the tank. In your experience are 1 or 2 of these snails worth having? are snails in general worth having?
I've never kept the larger snails like the Mystery, but I see no issues; don't know if they cause trouble with plants, someone who has them will likely tell us. Snails are very useful. I have the small species in all my tanks, by the hundreds. Malaysian Livebearing snails are super, they burrow through the substrate doing what nothing else can. And pond snails or acute bladder snails. None of these harm plants but they assist bacteria by breaking down organics in much smaller particles that bacteria can more readily deal with, and snails get into spots we never could to keep the tank healthy.

There are so many cory species...if you want just one, five is a good number; with 2 or 3 species, e of each works well. And you can manage up to 9 in your 20g.

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