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KPainter 06-18-2012 08:33 AM

Multiple Tank Syndrome has set in
 
We've decided to get another tank and set it up in our sitting room. It'll be a 36 gallon bowfront, since that's about all we have room for. I'm going to do sand as it's going to be the home for the cories I desperately want.

My questions:

What are a few fish that work well with cories? I really only need 1-3 fish, since I want a fairly large school of cories.

What else besides sand and plants do I need to make cories happy? Driftwood?

marshallsea 06-18-2012 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by KPainter (Post 1120316)
We've decided to get another tank and set it up in our sitting room. It'll be a 36 gallon bowfront, since that's about all we have room for. I'm going to do sand as it's going to be the home for the cories I desperately want.

My questions:

What are a few fish that work well with cories? I really only need 1-3 fish, since I want a fairly large school of cories.

What else besides sand and plants do I need to make cories happy? Driftwood?

I'm not qualified to answer your questions, I just want to ask how cool is it to live in Spacecoast, Fla.? I'm jealous.

KPainter 06-18-2012 10:21 AM

I gotta say, I love it here. Tons of sunshine and gorgeous blue skies mixed with enough thunderstorms to entertain.

marshallsea 06-18-2012 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by KPainter (Post 1120397)
I gotta say, I love it here. Tons of sunshine and gorgeous blue skies mixed with enough thunderstorms to entertain.

Awesome! Is the name a coincidence or are there space centers, launch pads or landing strips?

thekoimaiden 06-18-2012 11:54 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of MTS. :lol: I've got 4 and still planning more!

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Originally Posted by KPainter (Post 1120316)
My questions:

What are a few fish that work well with cories? I really only need 1-3 fish, since I want a fairly large school of cories.

What else besides sand and plants do I need to make cories happy? Driftwood?

I'm guessing you already know your water params since you set up your first tank. If not, then we'll need your tap water pH and hardness (GH and KH). If I remember correctly, Florida mostly has hard water; this will impact the fish you can get. If that is the case, I would be looking at livebearers. Doing a tank of all males will prevent you from having to deal with the babies. It will also be more visually pleasing because the males are the pretty ones.

Another thing that makes cories happy is sand. They love to root around in it looking for morsels of food. I've seen some really cute videos online of people using a dropper to stuff frozen bloodworms in the sand for their cories to feast on. Look them up; they are adorable! ^-^

KPainter 06-18-2012 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by marshallsea (Post 1120489)
Awesome! Is the name a coincidence or are there space centers, launch pads or landing strips?

Yep. We're right outside of Kennedy Space Center, where the shuttle used to launch. In fact, my husband used to work there and we were privileged to watch the last night launch from the basin, which is the closest you can get without being on the shuttle. ;o)

kitten_penang 06-18-2012 12:17 PM

get play sand or non course gravel and not rough/sharp gravel.they have barbels and will dig in the sand.anything rough could cut or nick them. as for fish soft water species that are middle dweller that are non aggressive will do fine.what are the dimensions and how many cories are you planning to put in there.cories will only school if they are of the same species and the rule of thumb is min 6.

KPainter 06-18-2012 12:17 PM

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Originally Posted by thekoimaiden (Post 1120498)
Welcome to the wonderful world of MTS. :lol: I've got 4 and still planning more!

I'm guessing you already know your water params since you set up your first tank. If not, then we'll need your tap water pH and hardness (GH and KH). If I remember correctly, Florida mostly has hard water; this will impact the fish you can get. If that is the case, I would be looking at livebearers. Doing a tank of all males will prevent you from having to deal with the babies. It will also be more visually pleasing because the males are the pretty ones.

Livebearers don't really excite me if you're talking mollies and guppies. I was thinking something along the lines of 1-3 bigger fish that would mix with the cories. Maybe dwarf cichlids? I don't know much about them, though, which is why I was asking. Or maybe some kind of shark? I need to figure this out.

My water is about 7.6 - 7.8 ph and temp will probably run about 78-80 since I don't heat my current tank and that's where it ends up.

kitten_penang 06-18-2012 12:26 PM

btw look up discus.you could keep a pair in there as a center piece

eaturbyfill 06-18-2012 12:39 PM

Bowfront tanks are beautiful! I wish you the best with it 8-)


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