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Freshwater from Manassas

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Name: Ghost Shrimp Paradise

Size/Category 5-Gallon Freshwater

Type: Acrylic

Shape: Hexagonal

List of Fish:
1 - Albino Corydora
2 - Otocinclus
5 - Ghost Shrimp
3 - Platy

Lighting: a 15 watt incandescent

Filtration: marineland filter and bio-wheel

Invertebrates: Ghost Shrimp-5, One of them had babies!!!

Other Accessories: black sand, 2 anubius plants, and a cave-like hideout

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08/23/2013 10:46.45 AM
That's cool, just look for the eggs. The tend to spawn when the water is cooler, so look after a water change. Have a nice day, bye

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08/04/2011 05:44.12 AM Report This Comment
Hi
I had my corys for about 6 months before they started laying eggs. The female is about 3 inches long and much fatter. The fry are getting big. Have a nice day, bye

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07/19/2011 05:40.34 AM Report This Comment
Here is a vote for your cute tank, I have an albino cory and a pepper cory and some fry. Have a nice weekend

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06/17/2011 04:17.35 AM Report This Comment
Hi,
Just checking in to see how your plant life is doing while I have an Internet connection here at work. Our dsl went down yesterday and I hope it is fixed by the time I get home.

Leaving you a vote :)

Kathy

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06/01/2011 01:45.37 PM Report This Comment
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06/01/2011 12:00.46 PM
Good Morning,
Thank you - the fry are still active this morning but the ones left with the parents - well, I don't see any. Just what I expected with these two. Regarding your swords. Not sure what "type" of swords you have but if they don't make it maybe you can find what is called "pygmy chain sword". They would do much better I think in a tank that size. The main thing with the larger swords is they need room for their roots which can get extensive and added nutrient to the substrate. My large mother Ocelot Sword has roots going the length of my 50 gal (it is in the center) and I add fertilizer tablets every 2 months or so. The stand allows me to look underneath and the root system is amazing.

Other plants that would do well in your small tank would be those that don't require a rich substrate such as the Anubias you have - Java fern and Windelov Java fern. They have a "rhizome" like the Anubias that allows them to attach to rocks or driftwood or even an old (but safe for aquarium) teacup above the gravel. I have a neighbor that had the cutest old a cracked teacup with a java fern attaching its roots all around it.

Hope you are enjoying your week-end!

Kathy

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05/29/2011 09:26.34 AM Report This Comment
Angelfish fry
Are free swimming this morning. The parents were herding their batch and I was watching mine ( that I stole from them LOL). If successful I will trade them in at LFS for credit and/or give away to friends.

Kathy

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05/27/2011 12:53.37 PM Report This Comment
Airline
Hi, the airline is meant to provide airation to the eggs to help prevent fungus - water movement. However, for clean up I use a turkey baster as well :). metholene blue (Sp?) is even better to prevent fungus on eggs but I would only use in a egg only container (no fish) and then do a water change once hatched. I currently have angelfish in the wiggling state in a hang on container of main tank with a bubbler for water movement. I have another hang on inside tank beside it with clean water from tap that is ready when needed to change water using turkey baster. I haven't been successful yet with angelfish fry but this is my 2nd attempt :). I will move them to larger grow out with the ones that make it.

leaving a vote

Kathy

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05/26/2011 08:02.45 PM Report This Comment
Yes
I have removed eggs and done that myself - but adding a little aeration as well as water changes using an airline tube ( when they begin to eat) would be beneficial. And a couple tiny pond snails for clean-up. It is possible though that your Betta may eat the eggs... Maybe not.

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05/24/2011 10:07.13 PM Report This Comment
Hi
Here is a vote for your cute tank

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05/24/2011 04:16.34 AM Report This Comment
One more ...
unless you setup as a "temporary" for breeding - corys do not do well as fish for cycling a new setup. You can still setup a new permenent setup however using a slow cycle no fish method with the gravel seed from Betta tank, live plants and doing a small feed of fish food every day.

Lots of info out there about this...

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05/23/2011 07:22.31 AM Report This Comment
Good Morning,
Hope your Betta and corys are doing well :). Don't worry if they are "siblings" as it is normally not a problem from what I have read - unless the inline breeding goes on too long. Guppy breeders will get wild guppies to freshen the inline breeding from what I remember...

As for getting the water in the new tank prepared you need to either prepare as a new permanent setup and go through the cycle process (a few weeks testing to be sure ammonia and nitrites are not present but nitrates are and live plants can speed this up such as floating water sprite) or a temp breeding tank with conditioned clean water (no Chlorine and Chloramine) and letting it sit over night. a bit of the gravel from your Betta tank to seed it with good bacteria would help cycle as well and is recommended.

Do you know of the cycle process? if not it would be good to read about it. I am sure FC has articles to help and you can use the search.

Hope this helps.

Kathy

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05/23/2011 07:17.30 AM Report This Comment
Hi
I love your pictures. I have one albino cory and a peppered cory and some fry. Sadly my female betta died when she was full of eggs today. My male had a bubble nest for her. Have a nice day, bye

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05/22/2011 08:16.12 PM Report This Comment
Good Morning,
Well, in my experience and found online you can normally tell male/ female difference by size and stoutness of the female. Her belly when full of eggs will even have her sitting up higher on the gravel/substrate. LOL

FYI - best way to breed corys is in a half filled 10 or larger tank with cooler water (prepared - not straight from tap and best from clean existing aquarium water they are acclimated to) it is OK to put them in straight with 4-5 degrees cooler to stimulate breeding behavior. The female will attach her eggs on the glass, leaves, driftwood... Mine normally on the glass sides and leaves occasionally.

Your albino Cory are either Corydoras paleatus or Corydoras aeneus. Either way spawning is the same... Go to the "Our Fish Experts" section here on FC and select Mike Hellweg and then The article "breeding the bronze Cory". Not necessarily the species you have but still the same advise :)

If you do have a pair and they are the easily bred (and I mean easy - lol) paleatus species of albino - I would think of setting up that 2nd tank just for them if you are serious about breeding.

Hope this helps,

Kathy

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05/21/2011 10:08.12 AM Report This Comment
Hi,
I stopped in to see how you are doing. saw a post that one of your corys has a dark mark on it's back? Does it look sore or raised? or more like part of the rest of his back... One thought is that most of the albino corys available are the paleatus "pepper" corys and that one may not be totally albino? I really like your pictures - maybe you could post one showing his back.

leaving a V :)

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05/15/2011 09:03.27 PM Report This Comment
Hey
Hi there, Im afraid I can't answer your question about the mark on your cory's back. All of mine have slightly different patterns so maybe it's just that. I did try and google it as a possible illness but nothing about black markings came back. Sorry I can't be of any help.

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05/15/2011 07:02.54 AM Report This Comment
Hey.
I got Chocolate Delight to tell me what Cory's eat. Come visit my page and check out her last comment, thanks.

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05/12/2011 11:27.53 AM Report This Comment
Hi
You have some corys in your tank too. I feed mine sinking tropical tablets. Have a nice day and left a vote for you

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05/12/2011 05:24.23 AM Report This Comment
Sorry
I had a bad day yesterday, but anyway, bloodworms are not a good diet or a regular food. Use bloodworms as a treat/snack. What I mean is you need to feed them a well-rounded food. Ask Chocolate Delight what's a good diet for your Corys, I'm sure she is willing to help.

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05/11/2011 01:56.35 PM Report This Comment
Come on man!
Read your context clues! That's why... nevermind here's a Vote!

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05/10/2011 08:08.05 PM Report This Comment
Careful!
Bloodworms are insect eggs, such as mosquito larvae that are very high in protein. Establishing a good diet now is best, good luck.

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05/09/2011 09:31.36 PM Report This Comment
Cory lights out activity
Mine become braver and go about looking for tidbits too after lights out as well as during the day - they tend to be less active when I am in the room messing around. All normal. I am sure they sleep sometime :)

If you do return the corys to get different ones "Please" do not ever get more then 3 tops in that 5 gal of normal size corys 2-3 inches full grown. That would be too much for such a small tank. Even 3 is pushing it but with weekly water changes.... IMO - if you return you could replace with 5 of the pygmy corys as they are so tiny topping out at 1 inch with the females and less then an inch with the males and just as cute.

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05/09/2011 08:27.08 AM Report This Comment
Hi
Thanks for the comments on my tank, I also feed the corys the sinking shrimp pellets. I think they are a great fish to have but getting a photo of them is really hard as they are so active. Voted for you as well.

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05/09/2011 06:14.35 AM Report This Comment
In addition
Floating plants help break up a flow that is too strong as well. If you don't want live such as water sprite you could look for a floating silk plant... Your Betta would also appreciate a floater :)

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05/08/2011 12:07.22 PM Report This Comment
bubbler & cave
yes a small cave or even an inverted clay (non- glazed) flower pot with notch cut out would work. you could then attach java fern or the Anubias to it so that the roots of either of these would eventually attach and grow on it.

if you are unable to adjust the bubbler you have you could purchase a flow control valve for the airline tubing real cheap. Ask at your LFS. Oh, I just realized you may be talking about the filter in the hood of the 5 gal? Those are hard to control flow. With my 12 eclipse I used to have I took that filter out and replaced with a Duetto DJ50 Internal Aquarium Filter. They are great with good flow control and allowing water movement at top without
it being too much for the Betta. For your 5 gal you could use a DJ50 model or the smaller Duetto Multi Internal Aquarium Filter seen here at Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Duetto-Multi-Internal-Aquari- um-Filter/dp/B0002DJW6I

Kathy

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05/08/2011 12:03.43 PM Report This Comment
You posted pics!
Good for you, keep em' comin'! It sounds like you found a new love, your cory cats!!! It's a lot of fun when you get the fish bug, you know, when you just gotta go get a new fish or you'll just die if you don't. I'm waiting for my local fish dealer to call me for a new edition to my 20gallon community. I guess I'll settle for a Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami. I want a powder blue, but no reputable dealer has any, so neon it is!

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05/08/2011 11:11.21 AM Report This Comment
ohh- nice pics :)
Well, the one may just need keeping an eye on but looking at your setup (the red gravel and albino corys looks pretty) I see there are no hiding places for them. It could be that one is insecure due to this. I always give my corys a cave or a place like driftwood to hide under. It actually makes them feel more secure and will still be out and about knowing they can hide if needed.

As for breeding it depends on the species of Cory easy or not. Pepper corys are notoriously easy LOL. They do like cooler water low 70's however. One way that people use to purposely breed corys is to lower the tank temp 5 or so degrees during a water change along with a tank around 10 gal half filled.

Of course you would not want to do that with your Betta :). Your corys should be fine sharing temp with Betta - they just wont breed most likely.

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05/08/2011 08:04.06 AM Report This Comment
Hi
I like you little betta. Have a nice day and take care, bye

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05/08/2011 06:05.41 AM Report This Comment
Cores nocturnal?
Hi, on WikIpedia I found this "Where investigated Corydoras sp. have been shown to be diurnal and crepuscular rather than nocturnal and activity can even peak at twilight"

In my experience mornings and evenings they seem the most active - or any time of day when in a breeding frenzy LOL. the one that lays on his side - is it every time he is at rest or just some of the time...

I assume both are Albino and most albinos come from either the Paleatus or Aeneus species so that is one way they can look different or you may have a male female mix. As they grow the female becomes much more robust and her belly will keep her lifted up from substrate a bit versus laying flat.

If they both get active after lights out you may just have one Cory that likes to play dead when feeling frightened. Let's hope so anyways...

Kathy

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05/07/2011 11:10.38 PM Report This Comment
Cory antics :)
So glad to hear you got him/her a buddy! I really think you could fit one more making 3 in that 5 gal... As long as weekly water changes were made. Cores play tag, race up the walls of the tank, play dead on there side and race for the top for a fresh gulp of air LOL. Oh and are known to wink ;)

I used to have white cloud minnows with pepper cores. the 3 original pepper cores became 25 more at least twice over - the local LFS took many of them. I just love their antics. The more the merrier :)

Looking forward to a picture hint hint...

kathy

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05/07/2011 04:51.02 PM Report This Comment
That's what I hear.
It's normal for them to lay on their sides, yup.

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05/07/2011 02:23.03 PM Report This Comment
One more!
Why not, it can't hurt. Here's a Vote.

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05/07/2011 10:00.42 AM Report This Comment
Glad to hear Cory is eating:)
And that he is in the 5 gal - with Betta? How are they doing together? My latest project with the Angelfish upgrade is on hold a couple paydays :) and I may start the 2 1/5 gal this week-end. Keep me posted and would love to see a pic of the 5...

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05/07/2011 09:46.58 AM Report This Comment
Cool
Glad it's all working out.

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05/06/2011 08:53.47 PM Report This Comment
algea for corys
Hi again :). Cory cats are omnivores meaning they will eat both meaty foods and plant type foods. Mine will go for algea tablets just as they will regular ones and I have read that it is good for them to have both. Actually if you read the ingredients of shrimp, catfish tablets they will list plant or algea ingredients as well. Even my algea tablets have fish meal in them - just a higher portion of one or the other.

Glad to hear your Cory baby is eating. Must be feeling at home :)

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05/06/2011 01:04.26 PM Report This Comment
It's ok!
It sounds like you want your cory to eat a buffet and start a circus! Just a joke! Look, it takes time for a fish to truly adapt to its new home. The foods you are feeding your corys are probably different from the foods the fish dealer was feeding them, so your fish are not used to the diet you are providing them. Plum Betta has told you some good info about their diet and I agree with the shrimp pellets not being a good food source right now. You want to jump start their feeding habit(make them feel comfortable eating). Blood worms have always worked for me!! But, to answer your question, no I would not put your new cory in a new tank because that would only make him take longer to get familiar with the tank. Just wait 2-3 days to feed him your new food, but remember, no shrimp pellets for now! If you wait a day or two, they won't be so picky. By the way, is your shrimp pellets the Wardley brand? Let me know.

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05/05/2011 10:30.34 PM Report This Comment
Cory
I have never seen my corys eat shrimp pellets and yes I have put them in for the shrimp on occasion. I would recommend Tetra tablets for bottom feeders or some other kind of catfish tablets. They also need the occasional algea tablet. Mine go nuts for live and frozen black or blood worms :). He may find and eat the shrimp pellets I don't know but be aware also that albino cores have poor eyesight and are known to also go blind. Not a bad thing as they are good at detecting food and getting around regardless. Just something you should know...

Do you plan on moving the Cory to the 5 gal eventually?

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05/05/2011 07:27.10 AM Report This Comment
Cory
Oh well, you chose a very cute Cory regardless. I really like the albino corys. They get to 2.5 - 3 inches when full grown. Maybe you could get away with 3 of them in the 5 gal... you would be amazed at their behavior when in a group! I once saw a beautiful 20 long or larger aquarium with the center piece being a long driftwood with Anubias growing it's length. And the only fish were a school of about 15 albino Cory cats :)

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05/04/2011 09:22.20 PM Report This Comment
Cool.
Keep me posted on how he's doing! Here's a Vote.

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05/04/2011 06:54.33 PM Report This Comment
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