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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?
 

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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.
 

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

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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?
 

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

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! ^-^
 

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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)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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Discus - IMO

btw look up discus.you could keep a pair in there as a center piece
I would advise against this.

36 gallons is far too small to keep Discus as a community fish IMO.

As you suggested, the profiles here say this:

Minimum Tank Suggestion

48 inches in length, 75 gallons.

Read more: Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus) Profile
Discus get to be about 6 Inches, and because their almost circular looking that makes for quite a big fish.

Stocking wise, this tank can handle the bio load.
Space wise, the fish will get too big to keep in a community IMO. It could work, but I do think it is small. It's like the people who keep bettas in a 1 gallon tank *sigh*.

36 Bow front is 30.3" x 15.5" x 20.9. Basically not much bigger than my 29 gallon, which I would never dream of keeping Discus in. It is really only taller (and wider because of the bow) than my tank: 30-3/16"L x 12-1/2"W x 18-3/4"H

I really wish I could keep discus in my tank, but I really don't think they would be happy in that tiny space.

They should always be kept in a group of 5 or more except for breeding OR breeding pairs. They are schooling fish and are very social. This is the main reason most people keep at least 5-6 in a tank. They will be more active and happier. If you want to keep a nice school of discus I would suggest a 75 Gallon tank at the very least.

If you want the pair of breeding discus, you will be VERY limited on what you can keep with them in a tank that size. You would get away with a breeding pair but they would not be super happy in that small of a tank.

If you want a pair, I would recommend getting a 40 Breeder which will give them more room to swim around. 36" x 18" x 16" You get 6" longer of a tank, 3.5" deeper and its shorter. Discus live in shallow streams so they want wide long tanks. That way you stay with a small tank and you can still keep discus. Just a thought.

You will find that if you keep too few in too small of a space, they may get slightly aggressive with one another.

If you want 5-6 Discus I would get a 75-100 gallon at the least. That is my Opinion. Good Luck!

Read more: Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus) Profile
 

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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)
I would have given my life to watch a night launch(or a day launch). As a kid for summers we drove from Texas to Neptune Beach. I love the ocean and the plentiful rain.(Not much around these parts). I still have a 2'' sharks tooth I found while they were dredging 38 years ago!
 

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that's why i wrote a pair.
 

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he's keeping corries they stay at the bottom all the time thats why i told him to check out the discus pair
 

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Discus sound too big. I may end up with another schooling fish like danios, but I was really hoping for something more in the 3 inch range. I'll keep doing my research.
 

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Discus sound too big. I may end up with another schooling fish like danios, but I was really hoping for something more in the 3 inch range. I'll keep doing my research.
Good decision I think.

Cories don't need Driftwood but if you put some in there, they love hiding spots. The bigger the school they less shy they will be.

What are your water Parameters?

How many cories are you thinking?

I cannot in good spirit recommend any fish to you without knowing your water.

gH? kH? pH?

I am assuming since you are keeping cories you have soft water?

Some idea fish if you have right right waters could be:

Smaller Cichlids:
Electric Blue Ram
German Blue Ram
Bolivian Ram
Orange Ram
Kribensis (If you keep them, i wouldn't put anything other then them and the cories)

Killifish:
Clown killifish (Epiplatys annulatus)
Gardneri killifish (fundalopanchax gardneri)
Scheeli killifish (fundalopanchax scheeli)

Other Options:
Scarlet Badis
Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila)
Honey Gourami (Trichogaster chuna)
Other Gouramis
Female Bettas

For more suggestions on smaller fish to keep in tanks go here:

Read more: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/freshwater-aquarium/nano-fish-96186/#ixzz1yAak1lRq
 

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he's keeping corries they stay at the bottom all the time thats why i told him to check out the discus pair
Good point.

The pair could work in that case. I would still feel iffy though, still would rather the 40 breeder but that is just me.

I bet the cories would eat any possible eggs :(

I want to keep discus one day, just need the space for it...and the money. Their expensive little fish.
 

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i find rams harder to maintain then discus they are so sensitive to water changes. gouramis would be a better bet
 

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i find rams harder to maintain then discus they are so sensitive to water changes. gouramis would be a better bet
The Bolivian Rams aren't as sensitive as the German Blue's, they are a bit easier to keep.

Rams are also really hard to find in good health these days. All the ones I have purchased have needed treatment of some kind. I can only find them at PetSmart. All the LFS' around here don't even carry them. Only ones that are too far away to consider.

Sucks because they are sooooo beautiful.
 
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