Cories and Cichlids

Discussion in 'Corydoras' started by Jake the Fish, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Jake the FishValued MemberMember

    I am getting 3 cories for my new tank in about a week. What ones like a high pH?
  2. peacemaker92Well Known MemberMember

    Hi Jake,

    I'm not sure which Cory likes high PH but I'd advise getting a school of Cories, about 6-7 of them as they would be happier in a group of that number. Best of luck! :;hf

  3. Jake the FishValued MemberMember

    I asked Ken (aquarist48) and he said to get about 3.

  4. harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    7.4 isn't that high. Most should be able to adapt just fine.

  5. Jake the FishValued MemberMember

    No not my 10 gallon, my 43g Electric Yellow Cichlid tank. The pH is 7.9 in there.
  6. FurallicahWell Known MemberMember

    3 are nice...but in a big tank wont look like much and they would be less stressed if they were in a number like 6.
  7. harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Cories should not be kept with yellow labs or any other African Rift Lake cichlid. They are too peaceful and will be stressed to death if not killed outright.
  8. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    Jake I'm glad you've asked for second opinions as I mentioned.

    Harpua, should the African Rift Lake Cichlids be a species only tank? He was asking me about a Peppermint Pleco too.

  9. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    I don't think it would be a good idea to have Cories with rift lake cichlids. As Harpua mentioned the cichlids will be way too aggressive for the Cories to deal with. A Peppermint Bristlenose will be fine.
  10. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Thanks Nutter!
  11. REDKAHUNAValued MemberMember

    You need a larger cory if you want to try putting them with labs. I still think the results will be disaster unless you use them as dither fish for spawning. The chiclid breeders I know use larger cories like C42 kristanae to help get chilids to spawn by making them defend a territory. When spawning occurs they remove the poor beat up cories.
  12. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello RedKahuna,

    Oh....poor Cory's. Seems I read somewhere that these type of cichlids will breed at the drop of a hat as long as enough caves and hiding places are available. I don't know for certain that the use of Cory's in this manor is necessary. Personally I wouldn't put the Cory's through it.

  13. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    +1 Most Mbuna are pretty easy to breed, especially yellow labs.
  14. Jake the FishValued MemberMember

    I am not getting the peppermint pleco as it is way too expensive here. I was thinking of just a normal pleco but it might outgrow the tank. My other options were bristlenoses but they were to small.

    I got 3 Electric Yellows yesterday by the way.

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