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Sss - 2011-11-20
Emerald green Corys are very easy to care for and very intelligent. They do well in tanks above 5 gallons, but you need to be careful about how tall the tank is. Corys can actually breathe air if their gills are wet, so they occasionally swim to the top. Because they spend so much time at the bottom that they can't really swim too far straight up, so the tank can't be taller than a little more than a foot and a half. I would recommend them for anyone who has a freshwater tank, though you should definitely get more than one. They get sicker when they are alone; take it from me.

I've got 2 cool stories about corys. 1: I once had a cory jump out of the tank during a water change. That little fish used its fins to propel itself halfway across the room, no problem with being in the air at all!

2: I once had a male beta and 2 corys in a tank together. Male betas are really aggressive and usually attack other fish by putting up their frills (like a lion mane). My catfish had absolutely NO problem with this and just swam right by. I think that made the beta confused.

Last thing: I once had two corys get sick, though their other tank-mate had no problem. They kept falling over on their sides and being unable to get up. When they swam, they were fine, but when they stopped, they just fell over. They could hardly breathe because their gills were pressed on the floor. They died in 3 days; no medicines helped. It was creepy. If anybody knows why, I'd like to know so I can fix it if it happens again.

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  • Slyfish2 - 2012-07-27
    It's called swim bladder disease. Try this stuff called Fungus Clear. It says it'll help, and it worked OK for me.
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Emily - 2011-02-14
I have a Pleco, but I have no Idea what kind it is. It is tan with black spots, but doesn't look like a leopard pleco.

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  • Tyler Pelleran - 2011-03-24
    It would be highly likely to be a simple common plecostomus.
  • george - 2012-08-09
    Yes is a leopard Pleco/ ihave one too and his name is Simon
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jaysee - 2012-01-23
The fish in the pics are not emerald corys, they are bronze corys. The difference is in the dorsal fin. Emerald corys have some 13 dorsal rays - the fin extends back to the adipose fin. Bronze corys have like 7 rays, and there is a clear gap between the dorsal and adipose fin....like in the pics.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    I will look into it and I appreciate the info.
  • David Brough - 2012-01-26
    Thanks for the info, the picture has been changed.
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bob - 2004-04-23
I HAD TWO CORYS, THE WERE BEAUTIFUL... I EVEN ENTERD THEM INTO SOME COMPETITIONS..THEN I WENT AWAY ON HOLIDAYS AND WHEN I CAME BACK THERE WERE 5 PIRAHNAS IN MY TANK... MY BROTHER PUT HIS FISH IN MY TANK AND THEY KILLED MY CORYS... HE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY

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chrissy st jules - 2011-10-21
Hi there. I was just wondering if someone could tell me what kind of plecos I have. I bought two grey ones with a couple black spots on them and I also have a black one with no spots. thanks

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jason - 2011-03-10
I give mine feeder fish with my hoplo catfish and a oscar but also have a common pleco but my syndontis grew an inch. My hoplo catfish is hoplosternum littorale which is 9 inches and my oscar is 9 inches and the syndontis ocellifer is 8 inches and the pleco is 9 inches. All of them but the pleco eat feeder fish which include minnows and gold fish my fish are awesome my hoplo catfish and the oscar beg me for food a freakin catfish begs me for food like the oscar.

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Alex - 2009-09-26
I have one striped catfish in my 29g tank and I love him to death too. He is so ugly! So big paunch! I love it! This paunch. I can see my catfish only one time when he take food.
Another catfish Spotted Pimelodus. He had grown to 4 inches during 3 months... and stopped :-( it seems to me it's max size. He has huge paunch too! I like it!

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michelle - 2008-10-01
Someone help!!! I have the strangest external parasite problem in my tank. I have Gouramis, one Cory and one Albino cat. The Cory, and ONLY the Cory is affected. It gets these little white dots (no, it's not ich, I've kept fish for 30 years and know what ich looks like), they stick out from the body and get longer like white spikes or threads - not very long, but definitely growing away from the body. I read books, browsed web sites, went to pet stores and asked many experienced people and no one knows. The parasites don't bother the other fish at all. I scooped the Cory out and quarantined it for three weeks. The moment I put it into the quarantine tank, the white organisms were gone - must have fallen off in my main tank? Isolated Cory for three weeks, no sign of parasites and none in my main tank, so put Cory back. A week or so later, white thread parasite worms are back on Cory again. They aren't visible swimming around in the water or on other fish. This time I treated the main tank with chelated copper, general remedy for external parasites. Very shortly after I put it in the water the Cory reacted and the white parasites came off it's body on a clear membrane that separated off Cory's body. Copper treatment is supposed to be good for one month. Parasites recurred a few weeks later. So I just treated again (Sept 28). This has been going on since early July!!! I wish I could identify what I'm dealing with so I can get RID of it once and for all. Has anyone had this experience? I lost one golden gourami, but with no sign of the parasite. The others are okay so far, but get stressed as treated water kills the good bacteria in the mulm layer and water quality is affected by treatment. Albino cat is fine, as if nothing is going on.

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  • person - 2010-10-06
    I had that happen to mine and it's from hard water. We switched to buying water from our grocery store and it went away.
  • Lucas - 2012-09-25
    Pretty good! nice Pretty good! nice to see that all the fish are much active now and very fast lol. I saw soeonme suggesting you to get bala sharks..this is a BAD idea because they get over a foot long and will see smaller fish as food. I would suggest Black Skirt Tetras (they are schooling fish and i had them before and they are amazing, mine get very dark at night and they are cool fish) or you can go with some Gouramis. Dalmatian Mollies also pretty cool fish.
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Ashley - 2012-01-15
I have a full grown Featherfin named Igor that was sold to me as a Pleco, he was in horrible condition at this crappy fish store at our local mall. He was missing all of his barbels, his entire 'feather fin' he was totally blind, and he was missing his hump at the base of his tail. He was in a tank with crayfish that were eating him alive and he was so malnorished I could actually see his bones. I bought him and brought him home and put him in my 20 gal goldfish tank and was thinking I would at least let him die in peace without crayfish eating him......lets just say to make a long story short, a year later he is now the king of my 100 gal fish tank (bought special for him) all of his fins and barbels grew back, he has full vision, and is currently on my bad side for eating my 25 dollar Blue Prong. This species of fish is a remarkable healer if given the proper care, Igor will actually eat bloodworms out of my hand now, cause when he was blind and had no barbels I would have to push the food practically in his mouth, now he sees me coming and will swim to the top of the tank and take his bloodworm snack. He is by far my favorite fish (and the only one with a name actually!) and I would recommend this fish to anyone who is ready to take the step up from goldfish! Just watch your Prongs!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    I like that. You saved a fish and gained a friend.
  • Jeff Harma - 2012-09-20
    Hi, I recently added a featherfin to my 90 gallon tank with 15 other inhabitants, 8 of which are cichlid, mbuna, jewel, Zebra of equal size which does tend to bother. I actually with appearance the zebra will head to shelter, for she seems to know my dislike of her actions to the newest addition. Aside from the two tankmates, other a male mbuna, which is frequently mating with others. Oh, food for the catfish, I have not witnessed any consumption, ' cept for frozen brine shrimp via tube to mouth of the cat. Will hunger eventually get the featherfin to actually scavenge? She/he does have thickness in the mid-drift battle seem to be subsiding, any opinion with thanks.
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marc - 2012-09-12
I have 4 of these monster beauty's, and aldo my tank is a bit to small.   Can't dare to get rid of them. (bought them as diffrent ones, I mean they said they where diffrent ones in the aquarium shop, which apparently was a lie) But the problem I have is that they like to eat plants.... ooh yeah and not just the ones that every plant eater likes no no even the ones seen as disgusting (java,anubias,crypto etc). And there is no information what so ever about them eating plants, but be warned, they MAY eat plants.

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