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  1. ToRo

    ToRo Member Member

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    I have a 28 gallon bowfront with:
    8 Green Fire tetras
    1 BN
    3 Nerite snails (1 is a little horned nerite)
    9 Shrimp
    8 Soon to be added Neon Tetras.
    My question is, do I have room for any oto cats or maybe corys (would the corys do OK with the shrimp?)
    I'm running an AQ 70 filter and Temp around 77-78
     

  2. DHIWZ

    DHIWZ Member Member

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    You definitely have room for either otos or corys. Corys are pretty safe with adult shrimp but may eat babies.
     

  3. Anders247

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    What are the dimensions of your tank?
     
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    ToRo

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    Roughly (bowfront) 24 wide x 18 high x 12 deep on the side and 15 deep through the center
     
  5. Anders247

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    The BN pleco will eventually outgrow the tank.
    I'd do 8 Corydoras habrosus for the bottom, they are fine with shrimp.
    Otos would also be fine.
     
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    Which would be the most active and do the best job? Are there any other corys that have more interesting looking? Also how many otos and are they both group type fish?
     
  7. Anders247

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    Panda cories would work.
    I'd do 8 otos.

    What do you mean, do the best job? Job of what?
     
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    Any type of cleaning, algae, debris...
     
  9. Piaelliott

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    Corydoras don't clean your tank. They are meat eaters who need to be fed separately, however, they will take care of food that fell down.
    They prefer a soft substrate BTW, preferably sand.

    You need to do a good job cleaning your tank :) Snails and shrimp can help.
     
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    ToRo

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    I don't have sand, small gravel. I clean and do water changes regularly. Would like something interesting to watch and go well w everyone else. The cleanup would just be an "added"
     

  11. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

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    What type of shrimp do you have? They can do some cleaning, amano shrimp are the best at it shrimp-wise.
     
  12. OP
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    RCS and they do some cleaning. I didn't realize corys had to be on sand so may be limited there...
     
  13. Anders247

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    They don't need sand, but much prefer it. If the gravel is smooth it should be fine.
     
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    ToRo

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    Thank you for your help!
     
  15. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

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    No problem!
     
  16. OP
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    ToRo

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    Ok, thinking of adding the panda corys - the tank now has a nice sandbar in addition to the small gravel . My questions are, will they be compatible "temperature wise" with the rest of the group and also, will the BN pleco be ok with the corys? I read a terrible thread about a pleco being territorial and killing the corys - thoughts?
     
  17. Anders247

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    Yes, they're compatible. Go ahead and add a school.
     
  18. BottomDweller

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    The BN, neons and panda cories would all like cooler water. I would lower it to 74-75f.
     
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    Ok, will add them.

    Do you think the Green Fire tetras and shrimp would all be ok at those temps as well?
     
  20. BottomDweller

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    Yep! I noticed my amanos were a lot more active at lower temperatures.
     

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