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Author Topic: When can I introduce panda corys?  (Read 1103 times)

Offline properphatboy

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When can I introduce panda corys?
« on: May 05, 2019, 10:34:18 pm »
I've had some conflicting advice from a couple of different LFS'. One has told me I need to wait 2 to 3 months with the tank set up and the rest of the fish in before adding Panda Corys, the other has said there is no need to wait.

It's a 55L tank with 6 neon tetras, 1 betta, 5 red cherry shrimp and I'd like to add 5 Panda Corys. Setup has been going for about a month now with stable water parameters (I did a fishless cycle before that, but stocked with the neons, then the betta a couple of weeks ago and added the shrimp yesterday).

Which LFS is right?

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    Re: When can I introduce panda corys?
    « Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 10:45:18 am »
    If it's cycled then you can add straight away. There will be a biofilm for them to nibble on if the shrimp haven't eaten it all. ;)
    However.....the last betta I had used to attack the pandas and I had to move them out. That was a 54l tank as well.....he had it to himself in the end with an Asian shrimp.
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    Re: When can I introduce panda corys?
    « Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019, 02:25:29 pm »
    I added mine straight after I cycled my aquarium and they’re doing fine.
    Beginner. Fluval Roma 240 with Fluval 306 external filter, 300w heater and LED light unit (included with tank). Added Eheim air pump 400.

    Water: 1.68 dGh

    2 Bolivian Rams
    19 Harlequin Rasboras
    15 Rummynose Tetras
    10 Panda Corydoras
    3 Amino shrimp
    Mild algae

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    Re: When can I introduce panda corys?
    « Reply #3 on: May 06, 2019, 06:11:05 pm »
    If it's cycled then you can add straight away. There will be a biofilm for them to nibble on if the shrimp haven't eaten it all. ;)
    However.....the last betta I had used to attack the pandas and I had to move them out. That was a 54l tank as well.....he had it to himself in the end with an Asian shrimp.
    You could, but I understand what the other LFS is stating.

    Letting ripen substrate is a good idea and certainly with the current weak pandas in the trade. It isn't about right or wrong I think. A LFS that gives advise contrary to sell, sell and sell but wait / have patience instead is a good one to me.


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    Re: When can I introduce panda corys?
    « Reply #4 on: May 06, 2019, 09:14:11 pm »
    Unrelated to your question but you might find that the betta will develop a taste for cherry shrimp.
    May have MTS but its not a problem till you admit it.... right?

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    Re: When can I introduce panda corys?
    « Reply #5 on: May 07, 2019, 08:13:26 am »
    Unrelated to your question but you might find that the betta will develop a taste for cherry shrimp.
    Besides that the betta is the one that needs higher temps than the other fish.

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