A place for Corydoras

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  1. swackett

    swackett Member

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    Hi,

    After a few years away, we thought we should start anew tank to replace our existing Roma 125 tank which has a nice long scratch along the front. After a trip to our local Maidenhead Aquatics shop we returned with a new Roma 125 LED.

    Opened the box on Sunday to find Hagen had changed the brace meaning it would be much harder to fit the external pipework, out came the trusty hacksaw!! Then constructed the bog wood with help of a drill and some cable ties ready for the big swap out.

    Monday afternoon we started the operation, removed all plants and fish from existing (always takes longer than you think) and put new tank in position. Time for a cup of tea. Next put in the Tropica Substrate topped with smooth gravel and a carefully placed piece of bog wood. By 6pm the fish were back in, all the Crypts, Anubias and Java fern replaced, with Java fern bunched ready for sale as its not going to feature so heavily in this setup.

    Once the Java fern has gone it will show up the longer piece of wood running out towards the right at the back.

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  2. swackett

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    Plants in the aquarium are:-

    Cryptocoryne (various)
    Echinodorus (rubra and ozelot)
    Narrow leaf Java fern
    Anubias (various)
    Alternanthera cardinalis

    Lighting now set to 6 hour period as plants need to establish. Should I be dosing any ferts at this stage?
     
  3. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    Could you replace a patch of the gravel with finer sand?

    cheers Darrel
     
  4. swackett

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    I guess so, you mean just to the right of the middle?
     
  5. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    Where you like.

    It wasn't for aesthetic reasons, it was just that Corydoras like to sift sand.

    Have a look at Ian Fuller's ("Coryman") comments <"PlanetCatfish: pygmy cory tank substrate">.

    cheers Darrel
     
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  6. swackett

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    We did have sandy area in our old setup (about than 10mm) over gravel. We found they lost their barbels and did not last very long, although that may have been because the gravel we had then may have been coarse rather than smooth.

    A number of years ago we had Bandit Corys in a small Jewel Rekord 70l tank with gravel substarte, they loved in there so much they reproduced a number of times and we had small bandits to try and avoid when siphoning.
     
  7. swackett

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    Can anyone recommend what if any ferts I should be dosing at this stage as I done want algae to appear.
     
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    After losing a number of fish and shrimp during the tank swap due to the shock of the move, I think its time to repopulate this weekend so current thinking is to start with the following

    12 x Lemon tetras
    6 x Amano shrimp to make a total of 9

    Then the follow weekend
    4 x Harlequins to make a total of 10
    8 x Bandit Corys

    Any thoughts or suggestions welcome?
     
  9. swackett

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    Just picked up some Vallis for the rear of the tank and 12 lemon tetras and 6 Amano shrimp :)
     
  10. AverageWhiteBloke

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    Plants are starting to fill out nicely, looking good. Regarding your light from your other post looks like the room is still naturally lit and the lights do look quite bright.

    Sent from my STH100-2 using Tapatalk
     
  11. swackett

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    Nine days in and so I've added a few pictures showing added Lemons, the vallis in the back right corner (small at the moment). Noticed some GSA on 2 Anubias leaves in the middle of the tank so will monitor that, leaves have been removed.

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  12. Dominik_K

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    Is it just me or can't we see the new images? :)
     
  13. swackett

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    oh, I'll check, what do you see the broken image icon?

    Just updated the sharing details on the images, can you see them now?
     
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    There you are :)

    Sometimes I am sad not to live in the UK. I would really love to by those bushes of Javafern for my new tank ;)
     
  15. swackett

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    Noticed some pin holes in Alternanthera cardinalis, so upped co2 to 1 bpm, also added Hygophila Rosae Asutralis. Also will be buying an inline diffuser to replace in tank diffuser.
     
  16. Vandal Gardener

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    I call foul Swackett,

    Where's the corydora porn :) tank looks cracking

    Just curious is the Hygophila Rosae Asutralis the same as Hygophila Polysperma Rosanervig?

    All the best
     
  17. swackett

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    Thanks :) Waiting for my local fish shop to get Bandit Corys, hopefully they will get them next week.

    Maybe the same, the link to the plant is https://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/hy...55_447&zenid=1925b16bca946f492d6f27f61fc761c6 It looks like it's taller.
     
  18. Vandal Gardener

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    I had a quick glance as hadn't heard of it before, but they look very similar, I'm wondering if the one you mentioned stays green or whether they all start turning pink under the right light. I've nabbed a couple of stems from a mates tank of what looks same as both of types-so not sure what it is, time will tell.

    Just had a look at bandit corys - they're gorgeous - hope you get them this week. I've got some bronze in the trigon and they're hilarious carpet wrecking wee so-an-so's - they keep chucking out eggs but as yet no fry - to be honest even if they did produce fry I think they'd be hoovered up by the rest of the inhabitants.

    Come on the cory porn :)

    Cheers
     
  19. swackett

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    We had Bandit Corys a number of years ago, they must of been happy as they had lots of offspring, we even found a few in the filter when we cleaned the filter (they were alive)
     
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  20. swackett

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    Thinking of adding more plants to the right hand side, any suggestions (i'll take a picture tonight without the java fern in the way)?

    I have the Echinodorus rubra just in front the inlet, is the best place for it?
     

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