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fishyinpa 11-10-2009 10:49 AM

Some cory questions
 
So....I am wondering bout my Pygmys. I like never see them. Maybe I catch one or two at most,but never see all 6. Is that normal? Do they need even more of themselves to not be shy? Or some kinda other dither fish,since Pencils are shy themselves lol.
Onto my Juliis. I took out the danios and put them in the big tank. Now they seem skittish and shy. So I am thinking about getting some harlequin rasboras for that tank,would that make them feel safer.

Byron 11-10-2009 02:19 PM

I have nine pygmy corys in my 90g and I can never see all of them. But one trick is to always feed your fish at approximately the same time every day. They will get used to it, and if you sit in front of the tank for several minutes you should see most of the corys. I always drop in the tablets in the same open area and it is always about 1.5 hours after the lights come on in the morning. Most days some of he corys are there waiting, but once the tablets (and flake for the upper fish) go in I tap gently on the top and it is like a dinner gong. Within a few minutes, all the corys are there.

On your second question, yes, I think corys are less skittish when there are fish above them.

Byron.

fishyinpa 11-10-2009 03:28 PM

Ah thanks. I will remember that next time I feed them then. Sit and watch lol. My lfs was out of the Harlequin Rasboras. Every other time I go they have tons,figures. They had gold zebra danios,I liked them but the whole point of moving the other danios was b/c they needed more room. So none of them,heh. Appreciate it Byron.

fishyinpa 11-10-2009 03:50 PM

All the fish I am looking says they need at least 24" tank. Including the rasboras,danios,etc. So I dont know what I could add to their tank. Its a 14 gallon,same length and width as a 10 but a few inches taller. Any suggestions? My lfs has neon tetras like 10 for a buck,but I dont want 10 lol. Maybe 5 or 6....if that would be a possibility.

Byron 11-10-2009 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by fishyinpa (Post 271805)
All the fish I am looking says they need at least 24" tank. Including the rasboras,danios,etc. So I dont know what I could add to their tank. Its a 14 gallon,same length and width as a 10 but a few inches taller. Any suggestions? My lfs has neon tetras like 10 for a buck,but I dont want 10 lol. Maybe 5 or 6....if that would be a possibility.

Just an idea to throw out...how about lowering the water level, have some Echinodorus plants that will grow above the water (some will quite nicely if allowed to) and floating plants that will also develop aerial leaves (Ceratopteris does this nicely) and some surface fish like the small Carnegiella species of hatchets? Other good options for fish would be the splashing tetras in such a set-up, but it may be hard to find them. I had these many years ago, fascinating fish but best in such a setup where they can jump onto leaves above the water when spawning. And the hatchets will jump if given space, so that could be interesting too. A group of 6 hatchets would be it; you could do quite a neat little Amazonian flooded forest pool around this.

I thought of this when I considered your 14g is like a 10g but taller. Corys need to surface for air regularly, and while the depth is not critical they would probably be fine with a shallower water column. And any of the tetras or rasbora really need more space to swim, as you've mentioned correctly. If this were a 15g long, it would be better for corys and tetras as it would provide some swimming space for a small group. Hatchets don't "swim" much, except perhaps when engaging in spawning behaviour.

Byron.

fishyinpa 11-10-2009 09:25 PM

I will have to look up hatchets, I think I saw them at my lfs. If not ,could I just add some more False Juliis,would that help their shyness any?

Byron 11-11-2009 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by fishyinpa (Post 271982)
I will have to look up hatchets, I think I saw them at my lfs. If not ,could I just add some more False Juliis,would that help their shyness any?

The more the merrier perhaps, but as with dwarf cichlids, having other non-related fish around does seem to add a sense of security. B.

fishyinpa 11-11-2009 05:37 PM

Gotcha. I went to my lfs,but they are a pain to get any help. Even to just get some fish. They seem to only have 1 person working in the back with the fish,and they are trying to help a bunch of people at once. Then when they finally get to you,they get really annoyed with trying to catch the fish. I almost wanna say Ill catch them if you are gonna get all p'o'ed at the fish and almost hurt them. Anyways. Ill keep on looking.


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