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Aquarium Fish Species
I bought 12 sterbai cory cats back at the ACA 2 years ago and I might have seen them all once. They never come out. (I kid, i’ve seen them a little bit, but not enough to please me)
Cory Cats are one of the more popular fish in the hobby. I have always like them ever since I got them back in college. I love their schooling behavior, but I just wasn’t getting that sweet behavior out of my cories in my 90 gallon tank. They typically hide behind this huge stump I have in my 90 gallon that is surrounded by jungle val and Ludwigia Repens. So perhaps they just have too many places to hide..
Below is some of the advice from people online that I think is worth sharing on how to get Cory Cats out….
From merra85 on youtube
wassup, bro? i’m frm singapore and have been enjoying ur vids, man! awesome planted tank u have!:) anyway, i saw ur last vid abt ur cory cats. yeah, they’re super shy but somehow i found a way (not guaranteed of cos! haha) to make corys not shy. its my own personal method. and jus to share with u, currently i have sterbei and panda cory that have been with me for 3 yrs now. awesome cats they are.
When newly bought, i placed them in a bare-bottom, temporary tank. sponge filters and a small vase as shelter is all i have inside. i used ambient lights rather than tank lights since i noticed they do more exploration under dimmed lighting. after introducing food gradually and they accepted it, i slowly intro tank lights. i turned them on for a couple of hours for the 1st few tries, like an hour or two? something like that. gradually i increased the time period to the same time period as my main tank. wat happens is, their shy nature of avoiding lights eventually disappears and they started to explore the tank with the lights fully switched on. don forget, its bare-bottom, no sand gravel, plants, whatsoever. jus a filter a small vase.
after abt 2 wks or so, i transfered them to my main tank. to my surprise, on day-1 in the main tank, the corys are so confident with themselves, they move all around the tank and exposing themselves to the open. they dont rush to hide even when i approached the tank! wonderful!
oh, and one more thing, in my 12yrs of keeping different cory species since i was 14, i kinda disagree abt the proper substrate for corys. i’ve kept corys in many different kinds of substrate; course gravel, fine gravel, sand and currently seachem’s fluorite gravel which has some rough edges. and through all these, i have NEVER had corys injuring themselves. corys, like all living things, are smart enough to avoid injuring themselves. i mean who the hell wants to self-injure, right? i know i dont! haha! so dont worry too much abt the substrate. they know better than any phd scientist out there.
so, yeah. even tho people say every tank is different, i hope this tip will work for you, too. its a shame to have a cory and always have them shying away. bcos if they not shying away, its beautiful to see them school together at the bottom of the tank. its seldom, but they do school together sometimes. peace, bro.
Below are some of the comments from the folks over on YouTube…
Also i just saw you video about how to get the sterbai cory cats out more.
will i don’t have much experience with cories. but i think there is a lot of plants and hiding spots so why wouldn’t they hide when they are a bit spook or somthing.
i don’t know for sure just throwing out ideas.
but on the plus side i will getting some sterbai and panda cories.
i will tell you how my reacts.
Dude! I’ve had Sterbai’s for a long while now. My Sterbai’s are just like yours, they’ll spend most of the day hiding and then come out at night. They’ve gotten better at coming out during the day, though. But then again, they’re in a 55g and not a 90g… If they have places to hide, they’ll hide
My first thought is you might want to create a few more open “pockets” where you can see the bottom. It could be just having continuous plant cover makes it hard to notice them.
I use a sand bottom and my corries seem to always be out. When not browsing on the bottom they ALL cluster under one plant and enjoy the shade. So it could also be your lighting to intense?
Hmm, I have about 20 in my 55 gallon. I bred and raised up 15 cories from fry. Check out my channel to see my aquarium vids.
So some people have asked me about breeding fish. Well, when I am breeding fish and in the zone with that, I will hook it up.
But right now I am in the world of raising baby rainbow fish fry so…
This has all kinda been a learning experience for me as I have two different species of rainbowfish that produced fry. It is exciting to watch them grow.
(Full disclosure, the only fish I have meant to breed are my goldfish out back, all others have been accidents)
Once you have fry it is important to get the parents out of the tank ASAP. Some will argue that they will be ok. Perhaps with Convicts or other cichlids, but with most fish I would advise getting them out. Why risk it? All it takes is one hungry fish to ruin your next generation. This will also include almost all other fish in the tank. Again, why risk it? (If your like me, this was an awesome accident, so roll with it)
So by the removal of the fish we have done a few things…
Aside from getting ride of potential baby eaters, we have also lowered the bio load on the tank. This is important as it gives us not only more room to grow, but also more room to screw up. Yes- people make mistakes.
With a larger volume of water to work with we are better off. (less fish = more space)
So if number one is get rid of bigger fish and make room….
Step two is to feed them. This is a critical part, but if you are reading this you are more than likely into aquarium plants, so you have a secret weapon. Yes plants.
People often forget how baby fish live in the wild, them more than likely grow up in algae beds or hidden in plants. Plants too provide not only food that lives on them but perhaps even the plants themselves.
If I had another school of fry swimming around tomorrow in a tank I would load that tank with Java moss and water sprite asap. I think the stringy nature of java moss and the roots of watersprite are all good for baby fish to either eat or eat the creatures off of. Keep in mind, just because you don’t see something on the plants, doesn’t mean they aren’t covered in stuff for your fry to eat.
Perhaps this is counter intuitive to what some might be thinking…
Part Two coming up…
The 220 is by far my best work to date in the aquarium hobby. Some of my other tanks have been great, but this is my best work yet.
I recently added the rare Melatonia Fredricki (sp?) to the tank. (fish at 133) This helped me get back into the groove with it. I also added some of the fattest jungle val I have ever seen in the back. As you all know, I love jungle val, when I got this species at the AGA for 4$ I was thrilled.
I don’t want this to sound like a bragging post, but I have received many compliments on this tank and feel it is worth sharing what has made it work so far, and how it got there. I will also touch on what is lacking and could be improved.
What sets this 220 planted tank apart is the use of the thirds rule. You can kinda break it down into sections from left to right. I have been told that I make most of my tanks left to right. Not sure why this is, but its how I roll.
You’ll notice the tanks line of plants cuts diagonally from the top left, down to the bottom right. This is intentional. I am trying to “use” the open space to give the sheer size of the tank an opportunity to show. Basically, I am leaving part of it lightly planted for a reason. The rainbows love this open space too.
One of my favorite parts of the tank is the drift wood that runs about 2/3 of the tank. The piece still needs a rock on it to hold it down. (lord knows its been in the tank a damn year, plus out in my pond the year before that!) I wish it would sink so I can take that rock off that you see right at the middle third of the tank. That driftwood is meant to flow through the tank.
The plants growing up the left side of the drift wood is called Trident Java fern. I paid $25 for a small piece of it at the AGA in 2008. It is still worth that much as it was going in the plant auction for 19. Worth every penny. It is a good hardy grower like most ferns. I also like the way if flares out.
Amazon swords occupy the back, middle half of the tank. I never trim them. Occasionally I’ll pull out a leaf that looks bad, but for the most part I leave them alone. I have some of the little baby Amazon Swords for sale that grow up off of this plant.
The baby tears almost right in the middle gets over grown on occasion. This past summer I cut it way back and planted it out back. It was either that plant or the star grass that had baby rainbow eggs on it.
Originally this tank had three different types of gravel in it. Mixed brown on the left half, black on the right and a patch of white sand in the front. I have kinda let them mix a little. It doesn’t bother me.
What I’ve enjoyed about this tank is how well I did the dirt in it. I have the perfect recipe in there and it is working well. I also have just the right amount of rainbows rolling to where it looks cool, but isn’t hard to clean.
The 4 siamensis do a decent job cleaning up the bottom. I have already purchase 6 clown loaches because of the constant and needed pestering from Sean on here. (Thanks bro) The dude at the shop knows about this site and wouldn’t sell them to me because they had some ich spots after a few days. They looked good to me, but I’ll take his word. God knows he doesn’t want me bashing his shop. ( I wouldn’t unless something crazy happened)
If I could do it over again I might have used some crazier swords in the back instead of the regular amazons. ( Indian Red Swords) I might have done more with the jungle val on the left.
The crypts on the right are there as I hadn’t yet ever owned crypt parva, or I would have probably used crypt parva. Never too late.
I have thought about only using one species school of rainbows in it. But I like the different colors. “a rainbow of rainbows” was kinda my first thought.
Playing in this tank has been a nice return to the actual hobby for me. It’s relaxing. I love this site, but doing what got me to here has felt great. I am also excited that this tank is about 1 year old. I remember setting it up like it was yesterday. It was one of my first flip videos, and was pretty much the starting point for me making videos of my tanks.
So if you’ve gotten this far, Thank you and thank you 220 for being the start of the snowball that is my Fishtanktv and YouTube Channel.
What do you guys think about it? Ask me some design/ plant questions. I can do filter and DIY questions another day.
Species Sundays will be back next week. I ‘ve been working on a better/easier layout for all my plant species videos.
The old story goes that when the world was about to get flooded Noah built an ark and filled it with a male and a female of each species to live on.
Well guess what people. Your fishtank isn’t Noah’s ark.
This has been in some books I’ve read and some other places but it is worth noting as well. Often times people get into the hobby and have great joy in buying their first fish. They don’t know what to get so they buy one or two of a few different species.
This might work for a beginner to see what they like. But I would argue that people will have a better looking tank when they pick one or two species as a whole and just use them.
If you remember the golden rule of fish keeping, “Copy Nature” or “Emulate Nature” this will hold true with how you see the fish in the wild.
Some of the best tanks I have ever kept have been 6 of one species of fish. I currently have a 90 gallon with nothing but 50 Neon Tetra’s and 12 Sterbai Cory cats. I don’t want to brag, but it looks damn good.
It’s more natural.
Keep this in mind when selecting your fish. And while you are at it. GO NUTS with one species. Get a bunch of them. It will look awesome and you’ll get more natural behavior out of your fish as well.
(special thanks to Dave Jolley for this post idea….ask the forum what to do in the 220 you’ve got 😉
Cleaning out my Goldfish Pond. Goldfish Garden pond with Bryan. Bryan is ALWAYS down for doing fish shit. He is my ACE, always down to help, loves the hobby and is a great friend.
For those of you who have been following from YouTube (My People!) In this bottom video you can vaguely make out that sick piece of driftwood that my boy Steve has now in his 55 rainbowfish tank.
Slight step up…
Ugly 90 gallon fishtank, planted aquarium, 90 Gallon tank, Dustinsfishtanks
dirt in aquarium, aquarium dirt, using dirt aquarium
This was taken May 14th. I am liking the way this tank is coming along. This tank gets natural morning light which i love and so do the plants. What do you think…more neons?
Here’s what happens when you add too many fish to a tank and remove some of the plants. Nothing big, no causalities, but certainly a little bit of algae that could have been avoided. I removed the duckweed but should have left it in there as it let too much light down and was like removing a “filter” so to speak…oh well.