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Zombie 07-19-2009 01:04 PM

Thinking about some Corydoras. TONS of questions need TONS of answers, please.
Okay. I am planning a future tank. This tank will be 29 gallons, and be home to 9 breeding Mollies. I've finally come up with the propper stocking of Mollies and am looking into some Corydoras and/or a Bristlenose Pleco. Now, my Molly stocking will be as follows;

2x Balloon Molles (FEMALE/FEMALE)
2x Black Mollies (FEMALE/FEMALE)
2x Sailfin Mollies (MALE/MALE)
2x Lyretail Mollies (FEMALE/MALE)
1x Silver Molly (FEMALE)

I have some questions regarding the Corydoras and Bristlenose Pleco. I am also setting up a 10 gallon as a fry nursery. I have been told that Corydoras will not eat fry. Now for the questions;

1. Can you mix the species of Corydoras?
2. Could I get the Pleco AND the Corydoras for the 29 gallon?
3. If I were to get the Corydoras and Pleco for the 29 gallon, how many Corydoras could I get?
4. If I /can't/ get both, how many Corydoras (MAXIMUM) could I get?
5. Will the Corydoras and/or Bristlenose Pleco eat algae wafers and home-grown algae rocks?
6. Will either of them eat any fry that aren't born in the breeder nets?
7. Would it be possible to put Corydoras in the 10 gallon nursery?
8. If so, how many?
9. A small rounded gravel will be okay, correct?
10. Is the color of gravel really important like I've read it's made out to be?
11. I am unable to maintain a sand substrate so gravel is all I can do. I can try and make sure it's a smoother gravel. Will that be okay?

I think that's all my questions for now.. If I have anymore I'll be sure to post them.
Feel free to pm me or e-mail me at

Thank you,
Charlene A.K.A Zombie

Zombie 07-19-2009 06:23 PM


How common are bristlenose pleco and fake juli corydoras in Petsmart, petco and most lfs?

phat tony 07-20-2009 04:13 AM

from my experience
1. its best to have atleast groups of 3-4 of the same species of cory's, but if you have more than one group it isnt uncommon to see them all hanging out together.
2. i have 7 cory's and a bristlenose pleco in my 29 gallon. they're all fine
3./4. like i said i have 7, but i rekon i could fit another 2 or 3 in there without a problem
5. my bristle nose will eat any algae it can get and my corys LOVE algae wafers.
6. i have heard that corys will sometimes eat their fry but i havent had any spawn before so im not 100 percent sure, iv also heard that the pleco will eat any eggs it finds aswell.
7./8. you wouldnt be able to keep them in there for too long, they need more space to swim around. but short term shouldnt be too bad
9. a finer substrate would be greatly preffered as they like to dig around all day for food, they wouldnt be able to do this with larger sized gravel
10. i keep mine on black coloured gravel and they are fine, i think in the wild they live on a much lighter substrate but im not 100% on this.
11. like i said, the finer the substrate the better off they will be.

hope that helps :)

Zombie 07-20-2009 09:45 AM

Thank you, Phat Tony. Any idea how common Fake Julis and Bristlenose plecos are?

phat tony 07-21-2009 08:35 AM

im not sure where your based, im from sydney australia and here bristle nose pleco's are extremely common at any lfs. julli cory's i have seen, not too common and are about double the price of other cory's like aeneus, and paleatus.

Zombie 07-21-2009 10:59 AM

I'm in St.Pete Florida.

phat tony 07-21-2009 11:15 AM

lol yeah that i would have no idea about

Zombie 07-21-2009 11:29 AM

Okay. Thank you for all of your help, sweetheart.

phat tony 07-21-2009 12:37 PM

no problems :), just some edits to my original post
i have 2 types of corys, 4 albino (aeneus) and 3 peppered (paleatus) and they get along fine. also my substrate s gravel but is extremely fine crushed gravel basicaly, larger than sand but still very fine thats why they are so happy, the larger the gravel the less they are able to dig around for food and eventualy they're barbels wear away which is bad lol.

overall great choice to keep corys, my favourite fish by far and very entertaining to watch.

Zombie 07-21-2009 12:40 PM

The gravel will be small river rocks. It's the best I can do.

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