Albino Cory

Manuel1223

Looking to put albino cory in my tank once cycled. I have 3 red eye tetras and 4 black mollys.
I'm running a 30 gal and want these next. But I have black gravel substrate. Any advice on what to do or other recommendations?
 

DoubleDutch

Looking to put albino cory in my tank once cycled. I have 3 red eye tetras and 4 black mollys.
I'm running a 30 gal and want these next. But I have black gravel substrate. Any advice on what to do or other recommendations?
Could you please place a pic of the gravel?
 

el337

As long as the gravel is smooth and rounded, corys should be ok. I'd add around 8-10. You could also mix in bronze corys as they are the same species as the albino.

However, I would add at least 3 more red eye tetras first to complete your school.
 

Kenny777

Cories like to be in groups 6+ and the tetras like to be in groups 6+ also.
 

goplecos

You are actually super understocked. I would do:
4 Mollies
8 Red Eye Tetras
10 Albino Corydoras
That will fill your tank up nicely. As long as the gravel is smooth it will be fine with Corys.
 

Manuel1223


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Not sure if you can tell but here it is. Also shouldn't I wait u til my tank is cycled to add more or are you guys saying add these before my tank is done cycling?

Could you please place a pic of the gravel?

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DoubleDutch

Sorry to say Manuel but this substrate isn'.t suitable for Corys in my opinion.
 

Manuel1223

As long as the gravel is smooth and rounded, corys should be ok. I'd add around 8-10. You could also mix in bronze corys as they are the same species as the albino.

However, I would add at least 3 more red eye tetras first to complete your school.

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What do you think?
 

Manuel1223

Sorry to say Manuel but this substrate isn'.t suitable for Corys in my opinion.
That stinks.... well how difficult is it to swap substrate? Or can I lay something on top?
 

el337


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Not sure if you can tell but here it is. Also shouldn't I wait u til my tank is cycled to add more or are you guys saying add these before my tank is done cycling?

Yes, definitely wait to add fish after you're cycled.

It's easy swapping to sand if you want bottom dwellers. I just took out all decor/plants and placed them in a bucket. You can remove the fish and place them in a separate bucket as well but I left mine in the tank and kept 1/4 of the water in. Took a dustpan and removed my old substrate and then added my new one after rinsing it.
 

Manuel1223

Yes, definitely wait to add fish after you're cycled.

It's easy swapping to sand if you want bottom dwellers. I just took out all decor/plants and placed them in a bucket. You can remove the fish and place them in a separate bucket as well but I left mine in the tank and kept 1/4 of the water in. Took a dustpan and removed my old substrate and then added my new one after rinsing it.
Isnt sand a pain when filtering the bottom or cleaning? Man its like a lose lose. Unless I did smooth bebbles?
 

el337

You mean vacuuming? Not at all. IMO, it's easier to clean than gravel since all the debris/detritus sits right on top. You take your siphon and swirl it a couple of inches above the sand and everything gets sucked right up. No need to push the siphon into the sand.

Cories and other bottom dwellers like loaches are much happier on sand.
 

Manuel1223

You mean vacuuming? Not at all. IMO, it's easier to clean than gravel since all the debris/detritus sits right on top. You take your siphon and swirl it a couple of inches above the sand and everything gets sucked right up. No need to push the siphon into the sand.

Cories and other bottom dwellers like loaches are much happier on sand.
Okay you've been a great help. Thank you! I think once the take is cycled I will swap it. It won't mess up and levels in the tank?
 

el337

Most of the bacteria resides in your filter media. There may be a little in your substrate but not enough to cause you to lose your cycle.
 

Manuel1223

Most of the bacteria resides in your filter media. There may be a little in your substrate but not enough to cause you to lose your cycle.
Okay perfect. Probably better now than later.
 

goplecos

I would place about a centimeter of sand on top, since that would be the easiest to do. That would also be the easiest to clean. And yes wait till the tank is cycled to add more fish.
 

Manuel1223

I would place about a centimeter of sand on top, since that would be the easiest to do. That would also be the easiest to clean. And yes wait till the tank is cycled to add more fish.
I can put it on top of my current gravel?? That would be awesome
 

goplecos

I can put it on top of my current gravel?? That would be awesome

Yes you can. I would double check with DoubleDutch though to make sure that's OK for the Corys. I don't see why that wouldn't be OK though.
 

Manuel1223

Yes you can. I would double check with DoubleDutch though to make sure that's OK for the Corys. I don't see why that wouldn't be OK though.
I'm new to the app lol how do I do that?
 

goplecos

He's already on this thread so just wait for him to respond.
 

filtered_light

I'm a newbie, so don't take anything I say too seriously. I read that if you have smaller substrate (like sand) and larger (gravel) then the small will fall through the cracks of the larger and generally end up on the bottom. So it might be a pain to have both mixed together. But just a guess. Would def defer to others here.
 

Manuel1223

I'm a newbie, so don't take anything I say too seriously. I read that if you have smaller substrate (like sand) and larger (gravel) then the small will fall through the cracks of the larger and generally end up on the bottom. So it might be a pain to have both mixed together. But just a guess. Would def defer to others here.
That's what I was thinking but I wanted to hear from others too
 

DoubleDutch

Personally I don't think topping gravel with sand is a good idea. The original gravel will come up again.

I would swap it completely if you want something different.

I am not a know-it-all so it is up to you.
Only noticed issues with this kind of gravel in which food can get out of reach quite quick. It isn't quite smooth as well to me.
 

Manuel1223

Personally I don't think topping gravel with sand is a good idea. The original gravel will come up again.

I would swap it completely if you want something different.

I am not a know-it-all so it is up to you.
Only noticed issues with this kind of gravel in which food can get out of reach quite quick. It isn't quite smooth as well to me.
Perfect, thank you for your advice!
 

DoubleDutch

BTW I love those Red Eye Tetras.
They will be in my next stocking !
 

Manuel1223

BTW I love those Red Eye Tetras.
They will be in my next stocking !
You know ive been to a few different shops and for some reason they all kind of look different. Maybe its just my lack of experience. I also only have three. Ive read there has to be at least 6 because they school so that will be my next purchase. They are fun to watch and are pretty active.
I also have an aggressive one who picks at the others. Kinda of a bully......
 

DoubleDutch

You know ive been to a few different shops and for some reason they all kind of look different. Maybe its just my lack of experience. I also only have three. Ive read there has to be at least 6 because they school so that will be my next purchase. They are fun to watch and are pretty active.
I also have an aggressive one who picks at the others. Kinda of a bully......
Yeah definitely get more !!
Probably the biggest ?? That probably is the A-female establishing a pecking order (who's boss).
 

Manuel1223

Yeah definitely get more !!
Probably the biggest ?? That probably is the A-female establishing a pecking order (who's boss).
It is the biggest one too. Once I check my levels again and they are good to go, I will get more. But I really want those albino cory
 

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