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  1. Hello everyone, I've been meaning to create a journal on my 29 gallon aquarium and my experiences with it, but I just haven't had time recently, as I am constantly bombarded with homework, tests, and projects in school. As you can probably infer, I have a little period of rest right now from school, which is why I am creating my journal now. Anyway, I've done something similar to a journal in my introduction where I covered my journey through the entire hobby, so I thought that maybe I would do a more in-depth story with pictures and only about one aquarium. Hope you guys don't mind the read... Okay, so it started out with me getting my 29 gallon started up and cycled for a couple of weeks. Setup: I added in pool filter sand as the substrate (I had never tried this before previously I used gravel in my 10 gallon), because I knew Corydoras would love to sift through the sand. For hardscape, I originally included only a few river rocks, but soon later added in some driftwood from my pre-existing 10 gallon. Lastly, I added in a couple of plastic plants I had used in my first setup, and a Java fern grown in gravel, now planted in sand. In terms of equipment for this tank, I originally started with an airstone and a cheap hang-on-back filter from a 10 gallon aquarium kit, as well as a cheap heater from PetSmart. I increased the filtration later on as I get more fish. The original stocking for the aquarium was all the fish from my 10 gallon aquarium (not including the male guppy that had passed away a day before I transferred the fish), meaning a pair of peppered cories (Corydoras paleatus), two albino females (C. aeneus), one Venezuelan male (C. venezuelanus, I didn't know he was different from C. aeneus at the time which is why I only have one), and two Endler's livebearer males (Poecilia wingei), along with a number of Assasin snails (Clea helena) of all sizes. Here is me first releasing the fish from my 10 gallon into their new 29 gallon aquarium. Soon after their introduction, our last guinea pig Samuel passed away, so my parents allowed me to get more fish to compensate (also simply because the tank wasn't at all full, and needed something that would eat algae). I bought a school of five pygmy cories (Corydoras pygmaeus) (also not to eat algae, simply for my enjoyment), and my little sister wanted a pleco, so she chose out a female bristlenose pleco (Ancistrus spec., maybe A. dolichopterus?). With the purchase of the bristlenose pleco came a tiny little guppy (Poecilia reticulata) fry that had made its way into the bag. We added this fry into the 29 gallon as well. Also I added an Amazon swordplant shortly after. After a while, algae started to rapidly take over in the aquarium. Specifically whatever kind of algae this is: I think it's staghorn algae so that's what I am going to call it for now. So I introduced three Amano shrimp from my LFS in order to combat the algal bloom. They immediately got to work on the staghorn algae covering the driftwood, and soon the driftwood was completely clear. Unfortunately, one shrimp jumped out of the aquarium (I don't even know how there is a good lid, and even though it has a space for the filter and stuff, I don't know why a shrimp would jump out, because the other two stayed in the aquarium), and I was not at home when this happened, so sadly this one did not make it. Anyway, they ate all of the mystery algae. At this point, my pair of Corydoras paleatus were beginning to breed, laying eggs which I scooped out and put in a small 1/2 gallon container right next to my aquarium. This container was aerated with an air stone, but otherwise had no other equipment. This first batch of eggs all grew fungus all over it, and I was heartbroken, until a week or two later, right as I was about to throw the container away, I noticed a tiny little baby fish in the container. I put him into the 29 gallon aquarium because I had no other aquariums ready. He made his home under the rock caves that I constructed near the air stone. But soon after this problem came the bloom of hair algae and black beard algae, the former covering the Amazon sword and plastic plants, while the latter took over my driftwood and Java fern. My guppy fry, which grew up and happened to be a female, then had babies with my male Endler's, producing many hybrid fry. In this stage, I also added a MarineLand Penguin Bio-Wheel 150 Power (hang-on-back) Filter made for 30 gallons. Although I have heard bad reviews for it, it worked for me because it was just and had a decent amount of space inside of it to add sponges, cartridges, or filter floss (I started with the cartridge that came with the kit and then switch the media later on). Also, I added an intake sponge over the intake of the filter so that no fry would get sucked up and also so that algae and plant leaves and things like that would not clog the filter. Soon, my Corydoras paleatus started breeding again, and laid about 30 fertile eggs. I used the same process for these as last time, and amazingly, all 30 hatched. I added them into a breeder basket in the main tank. They did fine for a couple of weeks, but then I noticed one or two had died under the frame of the box. So I decided to release them into the main tank, as I was afraid all would meet the same fate. Honestly, I think it would have been best if I just kept them in the box. After a couple of days, I never saw any of them anymore. I think that they might have, 1) gotten eaten by the other fish in the tank, but I don't know who could have eaten them I only had Endler's livebearers, cories, Amano shrimp, and a bristlenose pleco at the time, 2) died of disease, or 3) they died of starvation and not being able to compete for food. Fortunately, three of the 30 survived and I began to see them later on as they got bigger. So at this point, I was really upset and just wanted something new. I finally got my parents to allow me to get plants (ordered off of Aquarium Co-Op they took a lot of convincing though because they were afraid of me getting pest snails that would take over like the trumpet snails in my 10 gallon). I ordered a Cryptocoryne wendtii, Vallisneria, dwarf hairgrass (Eleocharis), and a dwarf aquarium lily (Nymphaea stellata). After this I went to my LFS to get Cabomba caroliniana, two Siamese algae eaters (Crossocheilus siamensis) for the still going hair algae problem, and a male pearl gourami (Trichopodus leeri). Also picked up my first Repashy to try it out as well. Soon, my aquarium was nice and green, and I added a black background for viewing purposes. I also decided to add more filtration (the water was pretty cloudy) so I ordered an Aquarium Co-Op sponge filter meant for 10 gallons (I had ordered this for my 10 gallon aquarium but wasn't using it at the time). After keeping this setup and stocking for a while, and while the guppies/endlers kept having more babies, I noticed my tank was way overstocked. The gourami was being aggressive toward the cories during feeding, the Siamese algae eaters were constantly fighting, and the bristlenose pleco was always chasing the other fish away from the food on the bottom (she, unlike the gourami, would just charge straight at whatever she felt wanted to take her food, even if they were half the tank apart. This meant baby cories, the gourami, and even the Amano shrimp). So I started by removing a large school of guppies (I took out the ones I wanted to breed) and added them to my newly restarted 10 gallon to start a colony. I removed my disintegrating Cabomba and put it in there as well (I never can seem to have success with this plant someone please give tips). Later, due to continued aggression, I moved both the pearl gourami and one of the Siamese algae eaters into the 10 gallon as well for temporary holding. They are still in there now, and aren't too big yet, so I plan on moving them or getting them a new home once they get bigger. Anyway, my guppies continue to have babies in the 10 gallon, but the ones in the 29 are not old enough yet, so they will soon. I added in water sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides) in place of the Cabomba, and it is growing well along with the dwarf aquarium lily and the Cryptocoryne wendtii. My goal with this setup is to create a nice "jungle," where there are a lot of plants covering the back and sides of the aquarium, with many different species of fish of different shapes and sizes all thriving together. Right now, it doesn't look too good though. Despite the plants that are growing well, algae is taking over the glass walls (I think green spot algae and some other type). In addition, the Vallisneria in the back doesn't grow anymore, and the Amazon sword that I had originally put in the tank several months ago has gotten smaller and smaller (it was propogated underwater at my LFS), and now is looking green and brown. The hairgrass is growing okay. Any suggestions on what to do with these current problems would be well appreciated. Also, I thought I might add that the bristlenose pleco died just a week or so ago, probably due to internal parasites that might be causing the fish in both my 10 and 29 gallon to scratch themselves on the substrate. I am ordering the medications (API General Cure I heard works well) now, and so far no one else has died yet. Anyway, I thought I might include a few pictures of the fish in the tank at the moment: Here is a pair of Amano shrimp on their favorite driftwood. The female has eggs, but I heard they don't hatch in freshwater. But if anyone has hatched Amano shrimp before, please give advice I want to try and hatch her eggs. Corydoras attacking Repashy: Community Plus So currently, my conditions are: Equipment: Nicrew 30 Inch Light, MarineLand Penguin Bio-Wheel 150 Power Filter, Aquarium Co-Op 10 Gallon Sponge filter (powered by Aqua Culture 5-15 Gallon Air Pumo), 6 inch airstone (powered by Tetra 20-40 Gallons Air Pump), Some kind of heater I forgot the brand Plants: Vallisneria (2), Cryptocoryne wendtii (2 plus new plants from runners), Dwarf Aquarium Lily (1), Dwarf Hairgrass (1), Amazon Sword (1), Java Fern (1 large, plus many smaller plantlets planted in different spots), Water Sprite (1). Fish and Other Livestock: Albino Corydoras (2), Peppered Corydoras (5), Pygmy Corydoras (5), Venezuelan Corydoras (1), Guppy/Endler's Livebearer Hybrids (Around 20 of various sizes), Siamese Algae Eater (1), Amano Shrimp (2), Assassin Snail (Many). So that's my journey with this aquarium so far. As I mentioned earlier, I want a bit more variety in my fish species, so I plan selling some of the guppy/endler hybrids and assassin snails (or moving them) and stocking the aquarium with a couple other different peaceful fish, like tetras (I like rosy tetras, cardinals, diamonds, lemons, black neons, and pristellas), rasboras (maybe the micro rasboras?), minnows (white clouds), or other Corydoras (I know that would probably be too many bottom dwellers though, so maybe only a friend for the Venezuelan or albinos, or more pygmy cories so they school in the middle instead of taking up more room on the bottom). I also like Bolivian Rams, but I know they get pretty big and act like a gourami so not suitable for my community. So if you guys have any ideas on which other fish I could do in the aquarium, go ahead and give your suggestions down below. I'll make sure to give updates on this aquarium in the future. Sorry for the long read, but if you did make it this far, thanks for reading!
  2. How many pygmy corydoras can be in a 5.5 gallon tank with a veiltail betta? I currently have 3, and I am thinking of buying more. Thanks!
  3. We had a tank with Ich. Since the corys were uninfected we moved the corys to an empty tank, and doing heat treatment on the main tank. Now I have heard that if we move back the corys to the main tank they may reintroduce ich, even they have no visible spots. Now I don't know what to do. Can corys spread ich, and how do you know if they have the parasite? /Peter
  4. Im starting my first ever tank and I want to get some corys and Khuli loaches. Will it be a serious sin to use pea gravel instead of sand?
  5. All of the parameters for the aquarium work well for both species. I am just having a hard time choosing! Corydoras panda OR Corydoras bilineatus "San Juan"
  6. After thinking it through, I definitely want to add some corys to my new 16 gal. It's 24"x 12"x 14". This is my stocking idea list: 20 Celestial Pearl Danios 20 Neocaridina davidii "Blue Dream" 3 Otocinclus vittatus 1 Red Racer Nerites Snail 1 Batik Nerite Snail 3 Zebra Thorn Nerite Snails 1 Black Devil Snail 1 Cappuccino Snail 1 White Wizard Snail 1 King Koopa Nerite Snail 1 Yellow Giant Sulawesi Rabbit Snail With these creatures in mind, what would you take away or lower numbers on so I can have a group of corys? I'm thinking Corydoras panda as a strong option.
  7. I found this on my cory fry and i'm wondering what it could be and if i need to be worried. Its with my blue cherry shrimps if that can help pH : 7.6 normal ph and High range PH 7.8 to 8.0 Nitrates: 0 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Ammonia: 0 ppm to 0.25 at most Water Temperature is 24 C : 74 F
  8. Hey bought 4 dory's.one of them seems to hide and stay to himself,,,,,the others full of energy,,,,,,,had them in the tank over a month now
  9. So, I've got a 100 gallon Rubbermaid tub, power for a heater, and a sponge filter ready to go for some summer tubbing this year. It's going to be my first true tubbing season, and I'm trying to figure out what to put in to breed and make more of. Now, I'm not opposed to the traditional options like white clouds and rice fish and the like...but I have a real passion for corydoras. I've got a 75 gallon display tank sitting empty, and I'd love to do a sizeable school of paleatus corydoras in there. So I came up with a crazy idea: what if I attempt breeding them in a pond over the summer and then bring them in in the autumn? I've bred paleatus before, and it takes a lot of time to get them from egg to juvenile, so I don't think I'll be getting many viable spawns. I'm also assuming I'll have to find some paleatus close to breeding age, which may be troublesome. I know Paleatus are colder tolerant, but not as resistant as a white cloud, so I'd throw in a heater set to 68 or so. And since I'm throwing a heater in, I think I can extend the season into May on the front end and into September or even October on the back end. Am I crazy for wanting to try this out? Or should I stick to the traditional fish for summer tubbing?
  10. I have 16 Barbatus cory's ready to go into a tank after a month of quarantine. Online people recommend temps to keep them at from 66-78F. I have several tanks I could put them in but they all have heaters running between 76-84F. If anyone has any experience keeping them I'd like to know what temps you're keeping them at or what people have had experience keeping them at as optimal temperatures. Thanks.
  11. While I was watching my fish evening I noticed a red spot on the side of one of my albino corys. To me, it looks like an injury, as if it poked itself on something. I couldn’t get a photo, but when it swims away it appears that it’s between 2 scales slightly under one. I wanted to see what you guys thought. Thanks
  12. I'm not sure what to do, some of the smaller Cory's have a little bit missing on the tips of their dorsal fins but are acting fine, this guy who is the biggest has allot missing on his dorsal fin and some white marks on his back
  13. Hey guys, Here is a cool article I found. It is on the classification of species within the subfamily Corydoradinae, specifically the genera Corydoras, Brochis, Scleromystax, and Aspidoras. Just something I thought was interesting and worth sharing. https://corydoras.zone/fish/corys/corydoradinae-corydoras-lineages/. One fact I found particularly interesting is that Corydoras habrosus is not in the same clade as C. pygmaeus and C. hastatus, and instead more closely related to the short-snouted clade containing C. panda and C. sterbai, amongst others. The website also has some other pretty good articles to read as well. I recommend checking them out.
  14. Hi all, I ordered 12 pygmy corydoras from aquahuna and they arrived in 4 days with two dead on arrivals. I put the fish in a bare 10 gallon quarantine tank with a cycled sponge filter from an established tank and a heater(edit: the tank is 78 NOT 87) . I started off dosing Fritz Maracyn and within 24 hours, two more had died. Fast forward another 24 hours (now) and two more are dead. I got worried that I didn't start off dosing the right thing so I added one packet of general cure and 5 mL of Ich-X. The two dead from just now are the ones in the picture. Parameters are fine. I had the cycled sponge in the tank running for 9 days before the fish arrived so it was fairly stable at that point. Half my pygmy corydoras are dead and I'm pretty sad about it. I have considered reaching out to the company to see what they have to say but I wanted to ask on this forum first about what yall thought. The one cory on the left seems to have very red gills which was probably from shipping and ammonia burns but I can't be sure. These pygmy corys came in at about 1.3 cm so I have been feeding them cut up frozen bloodworms (2x day) during their med treatments because they are so small, I don't know if they could afford to wait a whole week. In summary, It's been 48 hours since I received the fish. 6 are dead and I don't know where to go from here. Please let me know what you think about the situation and the picture of the two dead fish. Do you see anything I am missing? I plan on emailing the company tomorrow morning but for now I am just going to hope the rest make it.
  15. My trilineas cories are layning eggs. I am having a hard time catching them to put in the breeder and every time an egg is dropped one of the other fish is right there to eat it. Questions how long until they may breed again? Is there any easy way to catch them ? Tank is 36g bow front that is deep with lots of plants.
  16. There is an egg stuck between her bottom fins. Looks lime she is trying to rub it off but no success. Is this unusual?
  17. Uhm... any idea why this Corydora has bubbles on his back? Ammonia is 0 Temp 74.5 Other parameters are in pic I did a large water change last night before dosing Levamisole for some sick Mollies
  18. I am currently drip acclimating cory to the designated tank (since Nitrate level between this 75 gallon tank with quarantine tank got is different while rest of it is same) but, I see white pimple like things under their eyes. Is this normal? 2 out of 5 were flashing during meal time,and I myself were thinking only after they stopped flashing during meal time, I add them to the tank but it has been almost a month and a few days and no change. I asked the seller about this and seller urged me and told me if they got into designated tank that are more stable water condition, they would probably stop flashing.I was hesitant for a long time but since no change, and if I did not try, I would not know the result and , it is risky but decided to try but should I wait more after looking these pimple like things if not normal.. I am torn. Flashing occurred only during meal time and it is not like 24/7 flashing. Only 2 out of 5 do that. I did try more water change and also tried paraguard with stability but no improvement.If anyone start flipping, they flips about up to 10 flips and then go back to normal zoomie to eat the food.Quarantine tank was/is bare bottom. Thank you.
  19. Hello, I have a 29 gal community tank. I will say that it has many many fish in it. It has all live plants, mainly huge Java Fern, a large amazon sword, and dwarf water lettuce floating up top. I do a 40% water change weekly. Recently, I've noticed that the Cory cats in the tank keep "jumping". I did some research and my thought from my finding is that there is not enough aeration, or water movement from the filter. Do you have any tips on how to increase water flow from the filter, or other things I can do that do not cost money?
  20. Frogs, Shrimp, and Snails African Dwarf Frogs Amano Shrimp Cherry Shrimp Orange Shrimp Red Rili Shrimp Yellow Shrimp Blue Velvet Shrimp Bamboo Shrimp Nerite Snails (Red Spot, Zebra, and Zebra Thorn) Assorted Mystery Snails Goldfish Red Cap Oranda Bettas Crowntail Crowntail Black Orchid King Halfmoon Halfmoon Super Plakat Alien Blue Plakat Copper Yellow Betta Smaragdina (aka Pink Pearl Betta, Wild) Gouramis and other Anabantoides Powder Blue Dwarf Female Gouramis Sunset Honey Gourami Leopard Bush Fish (Tank Raised) Cichlids Apistogramma Borelli "Blue" Apistogramma Cacatuoides "Super Red" Golden Dwarf Cichlid German Blue Ram Common Kribensis Corydoras Black Caped Cory (Corydoras Brevirostris) NEW Loreto Cory Panda Cory Pygmy Cory (Wild) Sterbai Cory False Julii Cory Plecos L114 Red Fin Sternella Longfin Green Dragon (Locally Bred) Common Colombian Otocinclus Loaches Kuhli Loach Reticulated Hillstream Loach Tetras Cardinal Tetra (Wild Brazil) Ember Tetra Green Neon Tetra (Wild Colombia) Neon Tetra Rummy-Nose Tetra Silver Tip Tetra Marble Hatchet Fish (Wild) Rasboras Exclamation Point Rasboras Barbs and other Cyprinids Cherry Barbs Rosy Barb Roseline Shark Danios and other Minnows Celestial Pearl Danio Long Fin Zebra Danio Gold White Cloud Vietnam White Cloud Livebearers Assorted Male Endlers Assorted Fancy Female Guppies Assorted Fancy Male Guppies (Green Lace, Neon Red Dragon, Cobra Red, Blue Variegated, and Neon Metallic Blue) Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs Showa Tricolor Platy Assorted Hifin Swordtails Rainbows Neon Dwarf Rainbow Killifish P82 Gardneri Killifish Pairs Oddballs Silver Datnoid Lipstick Goby Peacock Gudgeon Pea Puffer Fish listed from top to bottom: Silver Datnoid, Koi Tuxedo Guppy Pairs, Roseline Shark, Red Cap Oranda, Lip Stick Goby, Loreto Cory, Black Caped Cory, German Blue Ram, P82 Gardneri Killifish Pairs, and Hifin Swordtail
  21. My son has always been the most observant person in our family, and I just got a yell that "MOM! There's a fish in there!" He was looking at our "empty" QT tank-it's been fish-less for over a month, but I've been periodically putting in a pinch of food here and there to keep the cycle going (and it has snails...like everything else!). Sure enough...there's not one, but TWO little squiggly babies! Now I'm going to have to go watch the tank to make sure it's only 2! The last fish QT'd in there were a pair of guppies and a group of corys. These aren't guppy fry--I have plenty of those to compare them to, so they must be corys! They even squiggle swim like the adults. The pics aren't very good, and it's all fake plants in there--set up to function rather than for beauty! One's about 3/4 inch and the other is maybe 1/4 inch. I have an order of (maybe still alive) loaches coming from AquaHuna on Monday, and they're supposed to go into this tank for QT/Recovery. Should I move the fry to the QT tub with swordtail fry, or to the 95 gallon tank with their parents, guppies, and guppy fry? Where would they do best?
  22. Hi. I have 4 emerald Cory's in my frog tank that have been there for 6 months. One of them has gotten a black area on his fin that was not there before. All tankmates happy. Any ideas what it could be?
  23. Hello everyone, I have 14 corydoras agassizii in a 75 gallon planted aquarium. Today I noticed 1 of them laying on its side on a piece a driftwood. I thought he was dead so I reached in to scoop him out and he dart under the driftwood. I haven’t seen this behavior before so I’m not sure if something is wrong. Everyone else in the aquarium seems perfectly normal. Is this normal cory derpy behavior? Thank you kindly
  24. Hello everyone, I just wanted to know if the salt in the brine shrimp water is harmful to corys. I ask because I don’t have a sieve to rinse the shrimp.
  25. Hello everyone, I saw some Corys in the fish store today. They told me that they were corydoras punctatus, I’m not convinced though. Would someone please help me identify this fish? Thank you!
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