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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #21
Shrimp add to the bioload of the tank just as much as the fish do! If it eats, it produces waste. If it produces waste, the filter has to deal with it. In a 40l, I'd personally go for just the betta and the shrimp - nothing more!
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #22
Lol, stick Corydoras habrosus into google and look at the pics, they're about a quarter of the size of an adult Yamato shrimp. When I mean dwarf I really mean tiny!
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #23
i see what you mean it is very funny now you point that out penguin's look good so do the albino...?
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #24
Albino Corys are a variant of Corydoras Aeneus, too big really, corys are a shoaling fish which means they should never be kept in groups less than 6, preferably MANY more, so that's why I reccomended dwarf species, you can keep a shoal in a smaller tank than the larger species.

What do you mean by penguin??? Post a link to what you've seen.

If your looking for more dwarf cory species try these:
Corydoras pygmaeus
Corydoras hastatus
Corydoras cochui

To name a few...
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #25
my bad i meant panda not penguin but looking at the page again i think somone just calls his black and white cory a panda?

i will look in to these (do they have any common names? i.e. peppered cory) any ideas on a suplyer? in the south west?
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #26
It's best to ask for any species by the latin name, that way you know your getting the specific fish your after, if a shop doesn't know the latin name shop elsewhere, if your in the business of selling these animals the least you should know is what specific species they are. A car salesman wouldn't sell you a car that he couldn't tell the make and model of now would he...

Best to try and work with the latin if you can, if you put the names in google or planetcatfish then you'll get some common names, but you'll notice that there are numerous common names for every fish, confusing eh? In fact you did it yourself there, calling a panda cory a penguin, imagine if a shop did that, shops do, you end up buying a completely different species cos someone slipped with the name. lol Much harder to buy the wrong thing if you ask for specific species by scientific name.

Plus you'll scare the hell out of Pets at Home staff if you use latin names, they'll think your from another planet Always fun...

As for suppliers, Pygmy/Dwarf corys are very seasonal, you tend to get one species one time fo year and another at a different time, very rarely all at once, must ask why next time I'm at my lfs. Anyway, a good shop should be able to order fish your after if you give him the latin name and how many you want, if they're half decent they won't mind ordering them at all. If you have trouble you can order fish to be couriered to you from www.trimar.co.uk though wait till the summer when the weather is warmer/more stable.
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #27
i'll give it a go at pets hehe as i know they can talk the sales talk but dont know the walk!

i'll try at the place i got my plants and heater from they are a specialised place they got loads of staff sure one will know there stuff!

as for shrimp i have black n red mixed stones so any ideas on shrimp cherry will be hard to spot??
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #28
Don't worry about them being hard to spot, most shrimp you'll find widely available will be very busy and move about all over the tank so you shouldn't have a problem with missing them.

Pets at Home usually stock Yamato shrimp fairly regularly at the branches near me and I haven't seen any different species for a while so this may be your only option to be honest.
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #29
i can find plenty of cherry shrimp online all are young/babies do they mature quickly?
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Re: 40 ltr Tropical tank needs bottom feeders/plecos????? #30
They live for a couple of years at best so yes in relation to most fish they live alongside they will mature quite quickly.

Should you look after them well enough you may even find that they will breed.
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