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  • in reply to: My 75L and stocking advice #352008

    LouisDS
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    Just a little follow up on my tank.

     

    I added 6 Corydoras Pygmaeus last weekend. They are about 1 cm each and do very well with the Serpaes, that now look huge compared to their new neighbors. Their behavior is nice, they don’t shoal much for now but they often hang out in a group of 3 or 4. I will definitely add another group of 6 in the next weeks to see their presence more.

     

    I alos modified my setup by adding a small mat of Java Fern. I already see the benefits of this addition in the behavior of both the serpaes and the Corys. The tetras form a school and do slaloms between the leaves and stay still at the base of the fern at night. The corys often lay on the leaves. The latter also like the shades provided by the oak leaves I also added to the tank about one month ago. 

     

    I will try to post pictures soon.

    in reply to: My 75L and stocking advice #351909

    LouisDS
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    One thing that I know, is that their color and behaviour was radically different when there were only 4 in the tank compared to 7 now. When I lost 2 because (from 6 to 4) of high ammonia, they suddenly lost al their colors and there was no shoal or school whatsoever. This slowly came back when I added 4 more in the tank and remained the same when I lost one because I was still trying to cycle my tank at that time. I have now had the same 7 fish for about 6 weeks.

     

    I think I have 3 males and 4 females. Not an expert, but I assume those who are fighting are males, slimmers but larger fins.

     

    So for H. Eques in a 75L, I can say 4 is not enough, and 7 or 8 is much better. 

    in reply to: My 75L and stocking advice #351907

    LouisDS
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    Hi Jakub,

     

    My tetras are doing fine in terms of health, appetite, color.

     

    However, I do experiment the issues you are mentioning. First, aggression between males has stabilized over the last couple of weeks but I still find a fish with a broken caudal fin from time to time. The interesting part is they “parade” a lot, trying to impress each other by displaying very black fins and kind of “dancing”, exposing their flanks to their congeners. Sometimes, one fish hides from the rest of the group, but I don’t think it is always the same, so it does not bother me. I really like them, they are  playful and beautiful, but to be honest, I am not sure I would make the same choice, knowing what I know now, (I just think they would need more space to flee when they are chased by another fish). I entirely relied on the employee of a big animal store to buy them.

     

    I hope this helps. 

     

    Louis

     

    in reply to: My 75L and stocking advice #351853

    LouisDS
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    Thank you,

     

    I know that C. pygmaeus is readily available in my LFS. N. Marginatus not so sure. I might go tomorrow so I’ll keep you posted.

    in reply to: My 75L and stocking advice #351832

    LouisDS
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    Thank you very much for that. I really appreciate your vision. I was on a different forum where according to some purists, if you don’t have 200L, all you can have is 2 shrimps and a snail… they are nice but you know….

     

    I will show pictures when I have a more natural set up. Now I got plastic plants from a friend to provide cover but I am looking forward to make it more like a real habitat.

     

    My best,

     

    Louis

     

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