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Nuitari 03-10-2012 10:03 PM

Iverts for my tropical FW tank
 
I have a well established 70 gal freshwater tropical tank and I would like to add some inverts to it to add depth , visual appeal and to help with sand maintance. I have gotten alot of varied opinions from never add inverts to a semi aggressive tank to add any you want and let them sort out heirarchy as in nature they are not all seperated ... well this isn't a pond its my tank with fish from many areas and I would like to keep it a good home for my swimming buddies .... so I will add my current stock and would love any info , opinions or advice on the idea of adding inverts and perhaps what kinds would do best .....

-tank inhabitants -
2 Gouramis Blue and a Platnum ( both 3 spot )
8 Odessa barbs male and female
5 tiger barbs
5 green tiger barbs
1 zebra loach
1 julii cory cat
1 common plec
I am also pondering over adding 1 or 2 pictus catfish in the next month

thanks for reading and look forward to the discussion

1077 03-10-2012 10:33 PM

Why not set up a small tank with sand,plant's and keep inverts (shrimps?) .
Barbs,loaches,catfishes ,would all find shrimps ,shrimplet's,tasty snacks.
Cory you list, would prefer maybe a few buddies, and perhaps adding another four or five would give you the bottom activity you wish for.
Crayfish would inflict damage to smaller bottom feeder's and would not place other bottom feeder's in the tank if Crayfish is added, or if plant's are present.

Nuitari 03-10-2012 10:46 PM

thanks for your answer , the plec will be rehomed to a friends larger tank when he grows a bit more so he is just " renting " and I agree about the cory , I had bought 2 of them but the other died due to a problem within 24 hours probably stress from a long trip home from the store. I am moving my community tank from its current 10gal to either a 40 or 55 gal in the near future and plan to add the cory and a few new cory buddies into that tank

MinaMinaMina 03-10-2012 11:09 PM

As mentioned (and space permitting) you need to increase your numbers of Julii Cory to 6 or more (which, BTW, is probably Corydoras Trilineatus)... but also need to increase (space permitting) your numbers of Zebra Loach to 6 or more.
If you were to add Pictus Catfish, you would need a group of at least 5 (the more, the better).

All of these fish have a need for a group of their own kind, its required for their health.

And yes, due to the types of fish you have, any invert you put in there will get eaten in a flash. Sorry about your luck!:-(

1077 03-11-2012 01:29 AM

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Originally Posted by MinaMinaMina (Post 1009536)
As mentioned (and space permitting) you need to increase your numbers of Julii Cory to 6 or more (which, BTW, is probably Corydoras Trilineatus)... but also need to increase (space permitting) your numbers of Zebra Loach to 6 or more.
If you were to add Pictus Catfish, you would need a group of at least 5 (the more, the better).

All of these fish have a need for a group of their own kind, its required for their health.

And yes, due to the types of fish you have, any invert you put in there will get eaten in a flash. Sorry about your luck!:-(

Yes, Nearly all catfishes,loaches, are more active ,playful, in groups and more of them would liven up the bottom.;-)
Is little more humorous than a shoal of cory's or loaches,playing tag.IMHO


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