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Old 08-01-2013, 08:16 AM   #11
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A shipwreck ornament will be perfect as a cave, but it's always good to give them a couple options. You will need to add more hiding spaces if you get a second pair of rams. I'm not too experienced with peaceful tanks, maybe a small group of corydoras as a ground cleanup. You could also try a mystery snail of some sort.
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A shipwreck ornament will be perfect as a cave, but it's always good to give them a couple options. You will need to add more hiding spaces if you get a second pair of rams. I'm not too experienced with peaceful tanks, maybe a small group of corydoras as a ground cleanup. You could also try a mystery snail of some sort.
Thanks for the reply.

Are corydoras easy? Do they require special foods? A special substrate, maybe? How many of them do I need?

Any other ideas for hiding places? Maybe 2 ship wrecks or another ornament and some driftwood. As I said I I'll try to plant it heavily but plants always die on me . I'll try to maybe make a cave with rocks? Can you take rocks from your garden? How would you sterilize them?

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There are different species of Corydoras, but they are all similar in their requirements. Yes they are easy and take most sinking prepared foods. They are small catfish that poke around the substrate searching for food. Also about the rocks in your garden, rinse them with tap water and pour some vinegar on them, if the vinegar bubbles, they are not good for the tank, if it doesn't bubble, I suggest boiling water poured over them in a bucket and then they should be good to go.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:42 AM   #14
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There are different species of Corydoras, but they are all similar in their requirements. Yes they are easy and take most sinking prepared foods. They are small catfish that poke around the substrate searching for food. Also about the rocks in your garden, rinse them with tap water and pour some vinegar on them, if the vinegar bubbles, they are not good for the tank, if it doesn't bubble, I suggest boiling water poured over them in a bucket and then they should be good to go.
Thanks so much for all your tips. They will definitely be used well to make a fishes life better .

Since they poke around the substrate, wouldn't it be better to get sand as it is not as hard or sharp as gravel can be? Or would gravel still be OK?

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I have not kept corydoras personally, I would think gravel would be OK, but I think sand would be better all around. Plus your rams are bottom to mid dwelling fish as well and I think it's easier to clean and looks nicer/more natural.
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Hey! I finally set up the tank but it is not filled with water yet neither does it have any gravel. I just want to finalize the stocking. Would the following be OK?

10 Neons/Cardinals (whichever looks healthier or better in the shop!)
10 Harlequin Rasboras
5 Glowlights (I already have in the 8 Gallon)
1 pair of Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami (1M 1F)
2 pairs of GBR's (2M 2F)

And I'm thinking of maybe adding 2 platys and a trio of guppies (1M 2F) so that they can breed and the other fish can eat the fry for some extra health (cruel, I know but it's natural selection at the end of the day!) All fry that make it through will be taken to my lfs and sold.

There will be one of those shipwreck ornaments (a large one), driftwood and plants. Substrate is black gravel. Plants only Java Fern and Anubias because all others die on me!

Does this sound like a happy tank for my fishie friends?

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Oh! I forgot to mention the Corys in my stocking. How many of those is ideal as a cleanup crew?

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