Stocking Question...

  1. ToRo Member Member

    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 Member Member

    You definitely have room for either otos or corys. Corys are pretty safe with adult shrimp but may eat babies.
  3. Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    What are the dimensions of your tank?
  4. ToRo Member Member

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

    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.
  6. ToRo Member Member

    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 Fishlore Legend Member

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

    What do you mean, do the best job? Job of what?
  8. ToRo Member Member

    Any type of cleaning, algae, debris...
  9. Piaelliott Well Known Member Member

    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.
  10. ToRo Member Member

    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 Fishlore Legend Member

    What type of shrimp do you have? They can do some cleaning, amano shrimp are the best at it shrimp-wise.
  12. ToRo Member Member

    RCS and they do some cleaning. I didn't realize corys had to be on sand so may be limited there...
  13. Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

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

    Thank you for your help!
  15. Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    No problem!
  16. ToRo Member Member

    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 Fishlore Legend Member

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

    The BN, neons and panda cories would all like cooler water. I would lower it to 74-75f.
  19. ToRo Member Member

    Ok, will add them.

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

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