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PostSubject: Catfish Care Sheets   Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:20 am

This thread will provide care sheets for most catfish. Any suggestions to improve these are sheets are welcome, and I hope that members will benefit from the information provided here
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PostSubject: Albino/Bronze Cory Care Sheet   Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:23 pm



Albino/Bronze Cory Catfish
Family: Corydoras
Size: 2.8 inches
Fish Origin: La Plata river in southeast Brazil.
Water: 6-8
Temp: 22-26 C
Feeding:: General tropical flakes. Frozen or freeze dried bloodoworms and brine shrimp occasional help provide a balanced diet
Sexing: Males tend to be smaller and skinnier, while the females are larger and rounder.
Breeding: Egg-laying.
Aquarium size: preferably 20g

Cory Cats are very social fish and exhibit more personality when kept in shoals of 5 or more.

Since they are omnivores, the Albino Cory will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. To keep a good balance give them a high quality sinking pellet or flake food everyday. Feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms as a treat.

The Corydorus have a very interesting breeding routine. After bumping the male on the vent, the female will receive the males sperm into her mouth. She then discharges a few eggs which she catches and clasps with her ventral fins. Then the female will swim around and deposit a bit of sperm and just a few eggs at a time in select spots, such as a strong plant, the heater tube or ever the aquarium glass. When she has runs out of sperm, she will go back to the male and repeat the process until the spawn is complete.
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PostSubject: Re: Catfish Care Sheets   Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:16 pm

i just finished a care sheet for pygmy cories, that ill post tomorrow
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PostSubject: Common Pleco Care Sheet   Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:32 pm

Common Pleco:
Family: Loricariidae
Size: 2 Feet
Fish Origin: Central and South American
Water: Prefer a pH of 7.4 but can adapt to a wide range of water conditions
Temp: 22-30 C
Feeding: Most leftovers and debris, fish also needs a diet of vegetable matter, algae and catfish pellets
Sexing: Hard to tell
Breeding: Needs a tropical mud pond
Aquarium size: Ideally 5ft Minimum, juveniles can be kept in a 4ft. 

The common pleco is a very common species sold readily in may fish stores, you buy them at their little 2-3 inch size and they die.
That’s because these fish require a large tank to thrive, when their young their fantastic cleaners, as they age they become territorial and lazy.
Do not underestimate a common pleco, they can defend themselves pretty well against other inhabitants.
You need heavy duty filtration with a common pleco, ideally a canister filter or 2, they are very
messy fish, that leaves loads of waste.
They are nocturnal so its best to feed when lights out, although they may come out for food in the day.


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PostSubject: Re: Catfish Care Sheets   Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:00 am

The Pygmy Cory

Common name – Pygmy Cory

Proper name – Coryordras Pygmaeus

Family – callichthyide

Sub family – corydoradinae

Origin – the Rio Madeira basin, Brazil, found in flooded forests, around vegetation and tree roots

Minimum group suggestion – preferably 6 as in anything less they usually will not act regularly, meaning that they will bunch together and become very lethargic.

Minimum tank suggestion – at least a 12-15 inch 10 gallon tank as they are very active and like longer tanks, opposed to shorter, higher tanks.

Diet – this fish will accept a large range of foods including, high quality, finely crushed flakes, frozen or live bloodworms, brine shrimp and small live worms. High quality sinking catfish pellets, and algae discs are also accepted by this fish, but prefers meatier foods

Substrate preference – this small catfish prefers soft, sand substrate or very fine gravel, as regular gravel, can irritates] them, and leave them susceptible to fungal infections

How to tell gender – females are appear a tad wider than males from above

Level in tank – unlike some other cories this fish will be seen in the bottom to middle layers of the tank. instead of bottom

Temperature – 71 – 80

Water conditions – PH – 6.5 to 7.5 –hardness to 15 dGH but preferably below 8 dGH

Compatibility – this fish does well with other small peaceful community fish, that have somewhat similar needs to pygmy cories

Notes – this fish is a somewhat fragile fish. in my experience ive had 1 die for every 2 water changes missed, this is also a fish that is intolerant of salt, chemicals and sometimes even medications. Usually you know whan your fish is being affected when it shows these signs of stress, rapid breathing, less coloration, becoming very lethargic for prolonged periods of times. This is usually why they aren’t the best choice for newly set up tanks or tank that often have temperature, or water chemistry fluctuations. When your fish shows signs of these symptoms, you should immediately do a water change of 40% or more, then test your water.


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PostSubject: Re: Catfish Care Sheets   Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:37 pm

Dieses, how come you have deleted the ca sheet
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