Yet Another Stocking Question

Ree C

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I suspected I had accidently come close to over stocking my 36 G bow front. How you may ask? I started with three fancy guppies, some RCS, 10 neon tetras and 15 pygmy corys. over a month or two, I began finding dead corys...no idea why. Parameters are consistently Ni-0, A-0,NiA-20 to 40,PH 7, GH 6 KH 3. So I confirmed the death of 5 pygmy cories, and then confused shedding RCS for pygmy corpses (I didnt know they molted..silly me). As the cats were WILD CAUGHT, THEY WERE SUPER SHY AND I NEVER SAW THEM, SO I THOUGHT THEY ALL DIED. I added some panda corys, and lost the first ones, so depressing, and what the heck was wrong with this cory cat death tank??. I had 7 healthy julies in my other tank, so I decided to cut the losses on the panda experiment, and added 4 Julies to join the lone remaining panda. They all survived. Thinking my tank held 3guppies, a million RCS , 10 neons and 5 corys, I added two honey gouramis (females). Then, 6 months after I added them, the pygmy corys apparently acclimated, and came out of hiding..ten of the 15 re alive and well. Current stockig is 10 pygmy cory, 4 julis, one panda, 10 neons, three guppies (male) and 2 gouramis. While my perameters remained fine, I suspected I was over stocked and looked on line to see what concerns I should watch for. I ran my stocking thru the stocking calculator...and was surprised to see that according to the calculator, I am only stocked at 65% I know the calcualtor is not perfect, so I wanted some opinions on the stocking levels in this heavily planted tank. If I am not over stocked I would like to add another julI cory to make a better shoal. And, a male honey gouramI would be fun,
 

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Good to hear the remaining pygmies are doing well
I’d suggest rehoming the lone panda cory & upping the number of Juliis (which btw are more than likely C.trilineatus.) panda corys are notorious for cross breeding especially when kept in too small a number. I think a male honey gouramI would enjoy being added to your two females
 

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