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Luniyn

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Shastam said:
You can place a small piece of raw fish in your tank, and it will act like a decomposing fish causing the ammonia to spike.
You can certainly do that, but I would be a bit leery of putting basically a dead fish into my tank to get it to cycle. You might inadvertently leave some harmful things in your tank like bacterias doing that to make it worth the risk. That's just my opinion though, but yes it would work.
 

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i have heard of the decaying fish/shrimp method and if that's the way someone wants to do it, that's cool but i prefer the fish food method because of the chance of bacteria, etc from decaying 'live' organic material.
 

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I have a pair of panda corys in my tank of guppies (4 female 1 male) plus numerous babies and they do fine. I've never had a problem with them bothering the adult or even babies guppies. Mine are very comical, they love to race each other up and down the bubbles of the airstone! I don't think you'd have any problem with them!
 

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mlinden84 said:
I have a pair of panda corys in my tank of guppies (4 female 1 male) plus numerous babies and they do fine. I've never had a problem with them bothering the adult or even babies guppies. Mine are very comical, they love to race each other up and down the bubbles of the airstone! I don't think you'd have any problem with them!
cory cats are wonderful fish and i love how the pandas look. have you posted pics of your corys already?
 

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Nope not yet. I just found this site in the last week. (amazing...i've gotten so much great info already!!) I slowly keep getting more and more fish tanks....I've got 2 20 gallons, a 2 gallon for a betta (which i feel bad that hes in such a small tank, so i'm headed this afternoon to get him a 10 gallon setup). I just traded my 29 gallon for a 55 gallon a few days ago...I'm very excited about that! But yes the panda corys are so adorable! Mine are about 2 inches (maybe a little bigger). I was at the fish store yesterday and they had tiny baby ones, maybe a half inch long. I think I might have to go back and get some = ). Maybe once my 10 gallon betta tank cycles. Bettas do ok with corys right?
 

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mlinden84 said:
Nope not yet. I just found this site in the last week. (amazing...i've gotten so much great info already!!) I slowly keep getting more and more fish tanks....I've got 2 20 gallons, a 2 gallon for a betta (which i feel bad that hes in such a small tank, so i'm headed this afternoon to get him a 10 gallon setup). I just traded my 29 gallon for a 55 gallon a few days ago...I'm very excited about that! But yes the panda corys are so adorable! Mine are about 2 inches (maybe a little bigger). I was at the fish store yesterday and they had tiny baby ones, maybe a half inch long. I think I might have to go back and get some = ). Maybe once my 10 gallon betta tank cycles. Bettas do ok with corys right?
lol.. doesn't take long to get MTS bad, huh? you'll love the additional personality from your betta with more room to swim for him. corys and bettas almost always do well together, our only issue was keeping the bettas from eating the cory food.. but veggie slices may be better than algae wafers there.
 

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Luniyn said:
If they are worried about using pure ammonia to get the cycle going, just use fish food. A little dash of flakes will get it going no problem. Just drop in a few flakes in the morning when you get up and at night before bed (i.e. about every 12 hours). and it should work fine.
I have actually used the flake method myself, but then I heard of a problem with it. Most fish flakes contain trace amounts of phosphorus and other chemicals. When you are constantly adding more flakes, these chemicals build up in the tank. Later on they could contribute to problems like algae blooms. So it's definately better to use pure ammonia to cycle the tank, since then you're adding nothing else to the tank.
 
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