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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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6 gallon pygmy cory tank suggestions appreciated

hi. i'm going to set up this tank probably this weekend and i really would appreciate some suggestions. it is a 6 gallon tank (dimensions 50x19x24) and here is the details:
Substrate: shrimp soil of some kind is 75%, rest will be gravel
Filtration: Sponge filter, good filtration( i think)
Plants: Anubias Nana, java moss, pellia, frogbit and fire moss(and please suggest some more)
Lighting: low
Stock: 8 dwarf or pygmy corydoras, neo shrimps, amano shrimps
Deco: 1 pice of cylinderic(ish) driftwood, 10-15 pebbles, 3 large wide rocks, one ceramic pot, one 'cave'-basically a glass pipe covered with the substrate.
Temp:aprox 20
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 04:53 PM
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Not a fan of terracotta in a tank unless its a grow out pot, but kudos if you can make it work.
Pigmy cories like a little warmer than that, up around 24C, and they will love the cave, and sitting on anubias leaves.
Look forwards to seeing some photos, merry Christmas!

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My pigmy cories, when I had them, spent a lot of time going through the substrate. When I had gravel in it, mine was to sharp for them. They really appreciated it when I switched to shrimp soil. If you have to use the gravel I would put it on the bottom and then cover it with the shrimp soil. If you can I think you would be better off to just use the shrimp soil. I had mine with neo shrimp and no problems. It does look like you are putting a lot of scape and livestock in a 6 gallon tank. You may fine it best to start slow and then if you feel you can add more, do so. Best of luck & happy holidays.

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thanks for the replies so far. ok i'll try to up the temp and also about the gravel, it's not too sharp, so I figure it'll be ok, but i'll try to reduce the use of gravel. umm... any more planting suggestions?
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I have a 7g with pygmy corys and they prefer digging in unplanted sand over larger particle substrates. I added a layer of Petco black sand over the original flourish and they love digging through it.

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but are they ok with shrimp soil, and do they dig up plants?
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