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  • #302548

    george
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    Hello. Today, I have seen, a small shoal of fish I liked at my local retailer. I asked what it was and he told me it was a group of pygmy corydoras. I have never kept corydoras before and am wondering how many liters they need, as well as the type of water they need. According to the answers I will get, I’m planning on maybe buying a new tank.

    Regards, Ross. 

    #349806

    Graham Ramsay
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    Well they are pretty small. You can easily keep a self-sustaining group in a 24″ tank as I did for many years. At times there were around 100 fish of various sizes but a group of 12 – 15 adults in a tank that size would be fine.

    #349807

    Rüdiger
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    Welcome to SF Ross,

    there are 3 species, which are often sold as pygmy corydoras. C. pygmaeus the actual pygmy cory and then C. hastatus and C. habrosus. They all require the same conditions. More info as to water parameters and tank size you’ll find here.

    I am keeping C. hastatus (first pic) and C. pygmaeus (second pic). Is one of them the one you’ve seen at the shop??

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    Regards

    R.

    #349808

    george
    Participant

    ” stands for gallons right? if so, i am afraid i am not going to be able to house them. Financially, i cannot permit myself such a tank, and my current tank only holds 15. I do not know if it is was good idea, but I bought 6 panda corydoras for these 15 gallons. Will they be alright in there, or should I replace them with another species (which yo could help me find)?

    #349809

    george
    Participant

    The fish I saw at the shop looked very much like the one in the first picture you showed. 

    #349810

    Rüdiger
    Participant

    I am sure that the ” are inches and not gallons :smile:, which basically translates into a 15 gallon tank (60x30x30 cm).

    Your 6 pandas will be fine in the 15 gal and you could even add a nice group of either of the three “dwarf cories” I mentioned. All three species do a lot more free swimming than your “normal” cory and choose their rest spots rather higher up too as you can see in the pic of C. hastatus. 

    #349814

    george
    Participant

    Oh good. Do you know which fish they do well with?

     

    #349815

    Rüdiger
    Participant

    If you decide to put them in with the pandas I’d suggest a shoal of 10 of a smaller Nannostomus sp. e.g. N.  marginatus,which are usually readyly available. But then that tank would be stocked to about capacity. Alternatively there would be Paracheirodon spp. or Hyphessobrycon amandae.

    Regards

    R.

    #349817

    george
    Participant

    It’s amazing how some people are just natural fishkeepers. Thanks Rüdiger!

     

    #349819

    Rüdiger
    Participant

    You are most welcome.

    But unfortunately I have to burst that bubble about the natural fish keeper. That is some 40 years of passion for the hobby, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, plenty of work, innumerable setbacks, trial and error aproaches, a lot of money down the drain, seemingly stupid questions I had to ask at a time where not many people had the answers and a healthy portion of perseverance. By the way, I still do ask seemingly stupid questions then and again. 😀

    I am not saying this to blow my own trumpet but rather to suggest that with a bit of enthusiasm and research everybody can become a knowledgeable and good fish keeper or anything else for that matter. And how much easier it is these days what with the internet and all that. Wish we could have had it then. 🙂

    Regards

    R.

    #349825

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Hi Ross, and welcome on board.

    To offer a different view, personally I wouldn’t recommend dwarf cories or N. marginatus for a brand new tank as this one appears to be.

    Are the panda corys currently the only fish in there, and what kind of cycling/maintenance regime are you running?

    #349827

    Rüdiger
    Participant

     😳 Oops, I missed that one. 😳

    Of course Matt is right. I somehow assumed that tank to be mature and running for some time.:(

     

     

    #349837

    george
    Participant

    Well, the tank isn’t completely new. It’s been running for at least 2 months now. It’s an Aquadream 60 tank equipped witn a Mini Biobox 2 filter. As I didn’t understand the cycling/maintenance question from Matt, I hope That will provide you with answers.

    The panda corydoras aren’t the only fish in the tank at the moment. I also have a few endler guppies. My local pet store told me, that for a tank this size, I should only buy males, as endler guppies are apparently very prolific. Is it true?

    #349839

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    Hi Ross/George/?

    If you truly don’t understand cycling please research the subject, for the sake of your fish. I thought we had a sticky on the process but I can’t find it?

    #349842

    Matt
    Keymaster
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