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Old 01-25-2016, 04:57 PM   #1
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Setting up a new Cory tank 90g

Finally getting around to setting up a 90g tank for corydoras! I have 7 dupes and about 12-15 pygmy currently. Last tank I had them in the sand was too high, so I'm going with under a 1/2" in most spots except where I want plants to grow.

I have had lava rock lying around for some time and decided to use it as decoration. The tree roots I attached with an inset screw and a steel plank and some silicone underneath to seal it.

No water yet, I'm trying to decide if I want to have two filters or one. I have an old cascade 1000 that needs tubes and such that I can pair up with a fluval 306 I have running. Or I can buy an fx5. The former option is cheaper but more work involved. What do you think?

I'm looking to buy one more type of similar sized Cory for the tank, any suggestions?


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Old 01-25-2016, 04:59 PM   #2
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:33 PM   #3
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Looks good so far! What plants are you planning on?

I'd run all the filters you can get. The more filtration the better. Are you planning on getting more of each kind of cory? I'd up the pygmy school to 20 or so and then make the other school 25 or so. Really awesome when a big school is moving around together.
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I have tried a few plants and the ones that stay put are those lily plants. I have some anubias as well and Java fern but I would like to fill it mostly with one type of plant.

Increasing the pygmy count is already on my list and I want about 10-15 more duplicareus.
I'm also open to suggestions for a fish that stays at the top of the tank with the corys and if I can find an excuse to use the ten gallon tank my corys are leaving, I want to house scarlet badis.

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For the top a school of hatchetfish would be cool. Marbled and silver hatchetfish seem to be the most common.
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Yes those would be awesome,I forgot about pygmy hatchets. I think that's exactly what I will get, thanks!

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Hatchets are great! But you have to make sure the entire tank is covered as they JUMP!!! Even the back needs to be covered....

You could also get some tetras or swordtails for the middle area....
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I wasreading that about marbled and silver hatchets, but is it the same for pygmy hatchets? I plan on having glass lids anyway but not always closed if possible. Funny thing, I've never had tetras or swordtail fish. I was considering harlequins but I have some already. Almost all of my livestock has come from other hobbyists, but I am having a hard time finding someone with corys and hatchets to sell...the wetspot has dupes but they are $15 each and wild caught...and no pygmy hatchets at the moment. Pygmy cory are easy to get at my lfs.

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Old 01-26-2016, 09:46 AM   #10
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Anyone know if pvc is ok in aquariums? I wanted make the filter intake have a longer column covered in sponge so it draws water from top, middle and bottom. Also I have a lump of bituminous coal I picked up from a surface mine here in Arizona a few years ago and I'm wondering if I can put that in the tank. It's unprocessed raw coal. I cant find info on this so I'll likely not include it.

Are there any plants that will grow on the hanging root but will hang/grow downward into the water?

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