Which Cory would you pick?

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Mully60

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Hi,

I recently cycled my new 55 gallon tank and I'm slowly starting to stock it. I currently have 15 harlequin rasbora and 4 praecox rainbow. I'm now looking to add some cories. I was at my LFS yesterday and they had just received a shipment of fish. There were three types of cories that stood out to me. They were the Sterbai, Julii, and Panda. I was just wondering which were your favorite or find to be most interesting/active? I'm looking to get six but from my understanding the pandas are a little smaller so i would probably go with 8 of them.

Like I said it's a 55 gallon. I have a white sand substrate. Moderately planted along with some driftwood. I keep my water around 76 degrees.
 

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The sterbai would not work because they are warmer water cories. The other two would work but I heard pandas are not as hardy as some other cories though.
 
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I have heard the same about the pandas. I read on seriouslyfish that Sterbai will do well in 75-82 degree water. So the 76 would be pushing to low then i guess? I do really like the Julii so I'll definitely consider them!
 

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My personal favorites are pandas, but I didn't have good luck keeping them. My experience they are sensitive.

I would pick Sterbais or Albinos
 

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76F is pretty much the top of the temp range for both Pandas & the Julii, which btw are most likely trilineatus, & at the bottom for sterbai.
Both the praecox & the harlequins can go up in temperature, if you raised it to 78ish then I'd go with the sterbai.
 
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Thanks Coradee, that's good to know. Now I have a tough decision on if I should lower, or raise by temperature a bit.

The pandas are also tank raised. Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
 

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I think julii cories are my favorite....or one of my favorites! I also love the pandas, they are adorable. My LFS had a lot of them last time I was there and they won me over.
 
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Thanks for everyone's input. I actually came home from work today with a little surprise in my tank! My girlfriend surprised me with 6 Sterbais!

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I did, I raised my temp to 78. I think that should be good. If not, I could go up another degree or two.

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I have six julis and six pandas. I keep my tank in the 76-79 degree area and they are both doing awesome. I love how they are very active not just on the bottom but darting up to the top also. They tend to shoal 3 to a group with an occasional mixed group of 4 or 5. Easily my favorite fish!!
 
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