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post #76 of 178 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 08:51 PM
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Cories arrived!

This little one is slower and looking less than happy:



But the other nine are exploring the tank like crazy:





Currently acclimating some Cherry Shrimp to move into the tank.
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Looks like the sickly little guy didn't make it. He's disappeared somewhere in the tank and I'm going to have to go on an expedition to find him.

The others have colored up and are loving their new home. Lots of schooling, eating, hanging out with the Cherries - which are bigger than the fish.
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Looks like the sickly little guy didn't make it. He's disappeared somewhere in the tank and I'm going to have to go on an expedition to find him.

The others have colored up and are loving their new home. Lots of schooling, eating, hanging out with the Cherries - which are bigger than the fish.
Sorry to hear he didn't make it.

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Took a day but finally found the deceased. Guess that's the trouble with tiny fish - tough to find them when they kick the bucket.

I think we're definitely adding some Corydoras pygmaeus soon to add a bit of mid-column activity.
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These Cories don't seem interested in Repashy products at all but the Cherry Shrimp love everything I've offered:



They also love devouring this algae developing at the top of the tank:



This batch of Corydoras habrosus seem to love Hikari Micro Pellets, though:



As do the MTS in the tank:



They seem to be okay with frozen Daphnia, Cyclops and algae wafers. They go crazy for my veggie sticks. Gonna try frozen baby brine and frozen bloodworms with them today.

All my other Cories seem to love all the frozen stuff so I'm hoping these guys take to it. Same for the Repashy products.
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Bloodworm day:



Shrimp thief:



Ran quickly away from the fish and wouldn't share with the other shrimp.
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Some interesting things happening with hardness in this tank.

Seems the manzanita is sucking KH & GH outta the water. From KH of 4-5, the tank is down to 2. And GH? Down from 10 to 6.
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Tannins will do that! That bloodworm thief is pretty cute.
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Not fun: Explaining to the other half why it's not a good idea to add a Dario dario pair to the tank. I have no idea what's difficult to understand re: them eating shrimplets and occasionally terrorizing the Cories. The funny thing: I was almost convinced to do it.

Fun: Getting the Cories converted to eating Repashy products and my own foods. Yay, no more feeding hassle.
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Speaking of corys, how often do you think they eat baby shrimp? Have you witnessed it?

I have a several very old corys that have reached 3 inches, wouldn't be safe would it?
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No predation in this tank yet (no babies yet) but I've seen C. pygmaeus and C. habrosus eat shrimplets in my other tanks. Not sure about the frequency, as I still see population growth.

Cherries are prolific breeders but I expect to lose babies in this tank. Maybe not large numbers of them but am prepared for it.

Definitely wouldn't keep shrimp with Cories that large unless it's in a huge community tank with all kinds of hidey holes.
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No predation in this tank yet (no babies yet) but I've seen C. pygmaeus and C. habrosus eat shrimplets in my other tanks. Not sure about the frequency, as I still see population growth.

Cherries are prolific breeders but I expect to lose babies in this tank. Maybe not large numbers of them but am prepared for it.

Definitely wouldn't keep shrimp with Cories that large unless it's in a huge community tank with all kinds of hidey holes.
I had a tank that got infested with scuds a while back when it first started. I introduced some cories to the tank and within days all the scuds were gone. I'm quite certain that given the chance, they would gladly snack on some shrimplings. Never had a problem with them and the larger shrimp, though.
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These Cories wouldn't be good for scud control, unfortunately. Most of my adult shrimp are much larger than the fish.

Maybe young scuds, though.

On a semi-related note: My Endlers will attack and devour scuds but won't touch adult shrimp. Scuds always go into the Endler tank.
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If you want you can bottle-trap your scuds and send them to me, I would love to have a 2G full of them as they would make an interesting live food for my larger fish.
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Guess all is well with the tank, as there are two new berried Cherries:




Looks like they're both ready to pop.

And in other news: freeze dried black worms are a hit with the Cories (and the shrimp).
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