Which Cory would you pick?

Discussion in 'Corydoras' started by Mully60, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Mully60Valued MemberMember

    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.
     
  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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.
     




  3. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    I have julii cories and i think they're adorable! i'm getting sterbais for my 55 because i need to keep the temperature up at 80 and they can handle (or maybe they do better) the higher temps. i say get the juliis!
     




  4. Mully60Valued MemberMember

    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!
     




  5. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    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
     
  6. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    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.
     
  7. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I'd go with what Coradee said, she's very knowledgeable about cories :)


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  8. Mully60Valued MemberMember

    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.
     
  9. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Just gonna add my two cents and say that I LOVE my julii cories! I've also owned albino cories, and they basically act the same way from what I remember, always darting around and then suddenly stopping and then keep going lol! Don't forget the sinking wafers/pellets for them!
     
  10. DeniseMicheleValued MemberMember

    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.
     
  11. Mully60Valued MemberMember

    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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  12. Mully60Valued MemberMember

    Here are two quick pictures. I'll try to get more later.

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  13. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    How sweet of her! Congrats, such cute little cories! :)
     
  14. Mully60Valued MemberMember

    Thanks! I am pretty excited! They are very hyper haha

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  15. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Oh yes, I love the hyperactive ways of cories lol!
     
  16. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    Did you raise your temp a little for them?
     
  17. Mully60Valued MemberMember

    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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  18. KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    78 sounds good for your new cories.
     
  19. GeoffWell Known MemberMember

    Nice surprise! I have 6 sterbais too and I love em.
     
  20. fledgeNew MemberMember

    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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