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Alex1331 01-17-2013 01:58 PM

how many cory cats?
 
I have a large pleco 8in and a lil guy 3in for a clean up crew in my 75 gal i love them both to death but the big one is tickin me of since i just switched to sand and was thinkin sell him back to my lfs and get cory cats how many would i need?

Byron 01-17-2013 03:21 PM

An 8-inch pleco can be havoc in sand substrate tanks. Also, if it is 8 inches now, it will likely get up to twice that, so a good idea to re-home. What about the other? If it is a similar species that will grow, now is the time to re-home it too. There are smaller pleco, max 4-5 inches, and some are OK with sand. And th issue isn't the fish, but the mess when they burrow continually. I have a 5-inch Hypancistrus furunculus that was moved out of sand and into fine gravel for just this reason.

As for corys, a good-sized group as they are a highly social interacting fish. In a 75, you could have up to 30+ if you like them, several species (they all get along). Minimum for a 75g I would say 12. All one species, or more than one species with 4-6 of each species works fine.

Byron.

Alex1331 01-17-2013 03:29 PM

Yea ive noticed hes my prob :-( but im torn b/c the store i got him from is the one i would sell it back to is gunna put it back in a 10 gal :-( and when i got him all his fins were torn and now hes healed idk what to do

Byron 01-17-2013 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Alex1331 (Post 1394436)
Yea ive noticed hes my prob :-( but im torn b/c the store i got him from is the one i would sell it back to is gunna put it back in a 10 gal :-( and when i got him all his fins were torn and now hes healed idk what to do

Look for a local aquarist who has the tank space and wants a plec. A local or nearby aquarium hobbyists club is often a good source for finding hobbyists. Post here in our classified section, mentioning the area and the fish, someone near you might be a member, or a member might know someone in that area.

JDM 01-17-2013 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1394424)
As for corys, a good-sized group as they are a highly social interacting fish. In a 75, you could have up to 30+ if you like them, several species (they all get along). Minimum for a 75g I would say 12. All one species, or more than one species with 4-6 of each species works fine.

Byron.

Jealous. I would love to have that many of one species in a tank.

Jeff.

Alex1331 01-17-2013 05:26 PM

All one species meaning?.....i dont know what you mean by that i thought a cory cat was a cory cat lol

JDM 01-17-2013 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Alex1331 (Post 1394555)
All one species meaning?.....i dont know what you mean by that i thought a cory cat was a cory cat lol

These are catfish:

Emerald Catfish (Brochis splendens)
Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus minor)
Gulper Catfish (Asterophysus batrachus )
Hoplo Catfish (Hoplosternum thoracatum)
Jaguar Catfish (Liosomadorus oncinus)
Oto Catfish (Otocinclus macrospilus)
Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus)
Spotted Driftwood Cat (Centromochlus perugiae)
Striped Raphael Catfish (Platydoras armatulus)
Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish (Synodontis ocellifer)
Twig Catfish (Farlowella vittata)
Upside Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris)
Walking Catfish (Clarias batrachus)
Whiptail Catfish (Rineloricaria parva)

And these or Corydoras:

dolfo's Cory (Corydoras adolfoi)
Bandit Cory (Corydoras metae)
Blackfin Cory (Corydoras leucomelas)
Bronze Cory (Corydoras aeneus)
Dwarf Cory (Corydoras hastatus)
False Adolfo Cory (Corydoras duplicareus)
False Bandit Cory (Corydoras melini)
False Network Catfish (Corydoras sodalis)
Gosse Cory (Corydoras gossei)
Guapore Cory (Corydoras guapore)
Julii Cory (Corydoras julii)
Leopard Cory (Corydoras leopardus)
Panda Corydoras (Corydoras panda)
Pepper Cory (Corydoras paleatus)
Pygmy Cory (Corydoras pygmaeus)
Reticulated Cory (Corydoras reticulatus)
Salt and Pepper Cory (Corydoras habrosus)
Sands Cory (Corydoras davidsandsi)
Schwartz Cory (Corydoras schwartzi)
Smudge Spot Cory (Corydoras similis)
Spotfin Cory (Corydoras punctatus)
Sterbai Corydoras (Corydoras sterbai)
Tail Spot Cory (Corydoras caudimaculatus)
Three Line Cory (Corydoras trilineatus)

I haven't looked at the classifications enough to know the difference between them but some of the cats are often called Cory's and some of the Cory's are called cats, less often. Suffice it to say there are a lot, and these just from this site's profiles.

Jeff.

Alex1331 01-17-2013 06:23 PM

Wow!!!! i had absolutly no idea there were tht many i checked some out and i think ima go with like 6 black fins and 6 lepords....thanx for alk your help guys

Byron 01-17-2013 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Alex1331 (Post 1394604)
Wow!!!! i had absolutly no idea there were tht many i checked some out and i think ima go with like 6 black fins and 6 lepords....thanx for alk your help guys

According to Fishbase, there are currently 154 described species of Corydoras. There are certainly dozens more that have not been described. It is not exaggerating to say that every creek tributary of the Rio Negro basin that has so far never been explored is almost certain to hold one or perhaps more species of cory that have never been seen before.

Many of the species are wild caught, and thus available only at certain seasons according to when that particular stream can be fished. And some of these may rarely appear in local stores, but there are online sources too.

I managed to acquire three of the Blackfin Cory last year, wild caught in Peru. And I have one Leopard Cory (also wild-caught) that I acquired about 4 years ago. Both are nice fish.

Byron.

Alex1331 01-17-2013 06:56 PM

I called my favorite fish store its about an hour away from me and they havr both in stock and like 15 other species in stock they are 5 bucks a piece


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