nice use of hornwortWell, I went for it today—purchased 14 Pygmy corys. They look great and healthy, though I only realized once it was past the point of no return at the fish store that they were wild caught ( I prefer captive bred for several reasons). Fingers crossed that this goes well in my hard water. The feeding frenzy resulting from 11 CPDs, 4 endlers, the Pygmys and shrimp + snails going after the Cory wafer I put in was something to behold tonight!
Unfortunately no pics of the new inhabitants, just the tank:
Ha! Thanks. One of many reasons the tank runs nearly zero nitrate (between water lettuce, duckweed, the hornwort, and pothos--never mind Pogostemenon octopus and wisteria) the tank is a machine in that regard and I am actually hoping that the extra feeding for the corys brings nitrate levels up a bit. The tank would look great if I had the heart to kill snails. I will argue all day with anyone who says that snails do not eat plants--my small sword looks like swiss cheese at the moment. And it is absolutely the snails work (I think the bladder/pond snails, not sure which they are). There were holes in my dwarf aquarium lily days after being put in the new tank, which would decidedly not happen from a nutrient deficiency (there are definitely nutrient deficiencies as well, but the snails are doing quite a bit of work on the swords, water lily, and mini anubias).nice use of hornwort
A few possibilities! The best is to get a QT. But as you see, this is something I haven't really done. Another if a QT is needed is probably what I did this last time, which is to repurpose a container of some sort (I used a 5 gallon bucket) w/ sponge filter and some cycled filter media (you want to avoid ammonia/nitrite problems). Ideally this would be a clear container/bucket so that you can easily see whether the fish has progressed or regressed.What do you do if you don't have a quarantine tank and a fish gets sick? I am just staring out with a single aquarium.