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post #91 of 178 (permalink) Old 01-05-2013, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Some shots of the Cories feeding:





Didn't notice until later but there's a Cherry Shrimp in the background of the first image that was beginning to molt. It jumped out of its shell about ten seconds later.

About the lighting: currently have two staggered layers of black fiberglass window screen and I don't think it's dimmed enough. Still may have to add another layer. Or maybe I just need to save up and add a few Amano Shrimp to help clean things up.
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just curious... what gravel are you using in the tank???
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It's cheap "high grade" quartz pool filter sand. $3 for 50lbs.

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Hey I like those cories.
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Thank you!

Am in the process of planning a riparium with just these little guys. Either a standard 29gal or standard 55.

These little guys seem to have more personality than my larger Cories and seem to rival Dwarf Puffers for interaction with each other.

This 10gal started out as a tank for my better half but has turned into the spot where I sit with the laptop every evening.

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A riparium would be neat.

Jake, having kept them, what would you say is the smallest tank dimension they'd be comfortable with? The tank I see in person with them is a neat ten gallon tank cut in half. They seem to use most the tank.

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If it was *just* these guys? Probably 5-6gal if it's really spread out. Ideally, no smaller than 20" x 10" base for 10-15.

Have a mix of them with C. pygmaeus in my 75 and they seem to spend most of their time in one small area of the tank. When I had them in a 20L, they explored about half the tank. In this one, they enjoy checking out the entire joint.
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Haha 20" by 10" almost fits the dimensions of our DBP long tank.

I'd have a custom tank built just for these guys and moss TBH. MY better half loves cories more than anything and is sad all the fish store cories are weak stock :/.

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I am doing this exact set up! So glad I ran into this thread.

What did you do with the heater?

Do you plan to fully plant the tank? I haven't added fish yet, and I might not cause I put alot of plants in there and there isn't much open space left.

Thinking of getting a fugeray as well, so sleek and sexy! The 13W CFL I have on there now is not providing good spread and there are dark spots in the tank. I was just looking on ebay at pretty much the LED lights you had, how heavy was that floodlight? I like open top, so I'd need to mount it somehow.
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Heater was only in the tank to help with the 'cycling' process. Warmer temps really helped amp up bacterial growth.

It's fully planted as it is. Tons upon tons of crypts and moss. They just need to grow in (the crypts). If you mean the entirety of the substrate? Not planning on filling the front couple inches of the tank with plants, as Cories need room to explore and play around in the sand.

Fugeray is definitely a nice light fixture. Too much for a low-tech 10gal, though, without raising it or wrapping a bunch of window screen around it.

Depending upon the plants you have, darker areas in the tank may work perfectly. Especially with Cories, as they enjoy darker areas to relax.

The LED flood weighs a couple pounds. Light weight enough to attach it to just about anything or even to rest on top of some glass if you don't go open-top.

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I am doing this exact set up! So glad I ran into this thread.

What did you do with the heater?

Do you plan to fully plant the tank? I haven't added fish yet, and I might not cause I put alot of plants in there and there isn't much open space left.

Thinking of getting a fugeray as well, so sleek and sexy! The 13W CFL I have on there now is not providing good spread and there are dark spots in the tank. I was just looking on ebay at pretty much the LED lights you had, how heavy was that floodlight? I like open top, so I'd need to mount it somehow.
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Tank is growing in pretty well.

Old growth on the crypts is finally melting and new leaves are emerging nearly every day:





They should start gaining a bit of height in the back sometime soon.

Here's a blurred shot of the feeding frenzy going on at the time I took the photos:



(Yes, I'm purposefully culturing all of those snails.)
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I really like these little cories and your enitre setup. How well do you think the C. habrosus and c. hastatus would do together in a nice size school in a 75 gallon?
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Thanks.

It really depends upon the other critters you plan to house with them. These little guys (and gals) are tiny, so it's easy to stress them out or to see them get eaten.
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I'll likely pair them with a decent sized school of cardinal tetras.

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It really depends upon the other critters you plan to house with them. These little guys (and gals) are tiny, so it's easy to stress them out or to see them get eaten.
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Made some black worm, brine and squash sticks for my bottom feeders this week and the Cories really seem to enjoy them:




Initially dropped them into the tank as a shrimp snack but everyone jumped in.
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