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Community Tank Turned Into Cory Tank
January 9, 2009
3:18 pm
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thelizzious
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Hello my friends, I hope you don't mind me opening a new thread here.
I am still a newbie concerning fish and aquarium, so I would very much love your opinions and advice, so I can learn more.
I have this Juwel Rekord 60 tank (60 liter) in which I kept all kind of tropics and not so tropics, just to find out which I like and which I don't like. I had several kinds of Platy and Endler, with other tropics like Tetra's, Danio's and later on also Corydoras. In a very heavy planted tank, no fancy plants, just the usual oxygen and floating ones you find in every pet-store.
All was well untill the Platys and Endlers became what there so notorious for, breeding-machines. In no time the tank was heavily overcrowded with fry. That took the balance that I so carefully tried to hold completely out. I have installed a tiny 20 liter tank with a small heater and the smallest filter I could find and that became the new resident of everything that was tiny and everthing that looked like it could burst open at any minute. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> The mums and their fry are gone to an older gentleman who was very happy with them.
Now the 60 liters tank contains 3 male platys, 2 tuxedo's and a micky mouse, that are still waiting to also move to this older man and about 20 more tiny platy fry which I have to capture and bring to the 20 liter tank in the coming weeks. I also have three Corydoras Aeneus ( 1 albino) and 2 Paleatus, and they are breeding at this very moment, I have seen tiny fry swim between the jungle leafs of the 60 l. tank and there are eggs everywhere.
Next to the cory's I still have 2 Zebra Danio's and 7 Neon Tetras
The plan is to keep it that way, no other fish but the cory's and tetra's and the remaining 2 (i think male) danio's.
What I would like to know is how I can keep them as happy as can and also I would love some pictures from cory fry, just to compare with the ones I currently have here. And then another question, I somehow managed to get a real avalanche of tiny snails in the tank and they often sit smack bang in the middle of some eggs. That's confusing me. Are they theirs? Which I somehow find unbeliefable, Or are they having a ball with cory-eggs?

January 10, 2009
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Hey

Snails which lay eggs usually place these above the water line. Snails love to snack on fish eggs. Safest way to cut down on the number of snails, they are extremely difficult to eradicate, in an aquarium is to place a piece of blanched lettuce on the water surface and then cover the aquarium with a blanket for a few hours. Snails cannot resist lettuce and it is an 'easy medium' to remove when covered with snails.

Regards David

January 11, 2009
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Thanks so much, David /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" /> The eggs I mentioned are allways under water and I am afraid they are cory-eggs. These snails are having 5 stars restaurant-meals. /mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" />
So I am gonna follow your advice and get me some lettuce first thing tomorrow!
Meanwhile I am "inspecting" the tank with the eyes of a hawk, twice daily and I have counted six cory-babies so far. I have seen how the cory's place their eggs against the windows a few days ago. That such a treat for the eyes! I don't want them to get eaten by invaders. Is there a safe way to remove these eggs and bring them into a smaller tank, which is saver, warmer and easy to watch over untill they are big enough to come back into the 60 l. tank? I could transform my 20 l. tank into a ....oh oh..how do you call it, a baby tank? Or a fry tank? I don't want to get my adult corys upset by catching and transfering them, they're so delicate and shy at the moment.

January 11, 2009
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Liz, are the snails eating the eggs first before you try to get rid of them.
if they are the small circular snail they actually clean the eggs of debri and fungus.
i always add some of these snails to my cory eggs.

mick

January 11, 2009
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ Jan 11 2009, 04:31 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Liz, are the snails eating the eggs first before you try to get rid of them.
if they are the small circular snail they actually clean the eggs of debri and fungus.
i always add some of these snails to my cory eggs.

mick


That's correct, Mick. But I believe there are two different kinds, though I know nothing of snails.
One of the species is circular, with transparant brown, round "houses", the other one has long towers. There are also two different colors, one is brown, the other is white (bodies I mean here). I don't mind snails, but the reproduce stunningly fast and are about to take over the complete tank.
Btw, to protect the already living cory-fry I have put in a lot of extra floating plants. even though they mostly live on the bottom.
I am planning to have a tank completely and only for corydoras, in about six seven months. (I live on benefits only, so I have to save first for a while) Not that I am ashamed of that, it makes one very creative in practising ones hobbies and I like the challenges, to improvise and discover ones own ability. My tanks may not be beauties but my fish are happy and thriving. (and so do those bleeping snails) /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

January 11, 2009
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the round ones are ok, it's the trumpets that could eat the eggs.
first thing every morning the snails usually are at the surface, use your net and catch as many as you can and do the same every morning.
the increase in snails could be down to overfeeding.
i know what you mean Liz, i'm on benefits too.

mick

January 11, 2009
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Oh oh. Caught with my hand in the cookyjar! You're absolutely right , I am overfeeding the 60.l tank. mostly because I want the wee ones to get their share of the food. Probably a typical woman thing. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> I do know better now though. Thanks so much for the info. I have seen 6 fertilized ( or is it impregnated) eggs on the front window and I hope these six will make it, because I wont be able to get rid of all of the snails in one day, huh? /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

January 14, 2009
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What kind of algae eater are you thinking about Liz?

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