Cory Cats getting fins nipped.. Will they survive cycling in a new tank?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by taylor9424, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. taylor9424

    taylor9424New MemberMember

    Hi guys! So we have a 20 gallon long tank with about 50 African Cichlid fry in it along with 2 albino cory cats. The fry are getting pretty large and last night I noticed that the cory cats have had about half of their dorsal fins nipped off! I want to get them out of that tank ASAP and put them in a new one so they won't get picked on. I was wondering if I put them in an uncycled 20 gallon tank and used TSS, would they be okay while the nitrogen cycle established?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. nhaiflich

    nhaiflichValued MemberMember

    I have heard they don't do well as cycling fish but really not sure

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  3. Castiel*

    Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    Corydas Catfish are fairly sensitive fish, and should not be used for cycling a tank. After getting tore up in the fry tank though you may have no choice but to do this. Its better for them to deal with the biological changes than for them to be eaten slowly alive.
  4. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I would agree with motodude, it's not ideal to put them in an uncycled tank but if you leave them where they are they're not going to last long by the sound of it
  5. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    Can't you split filtermedia ?