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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-03-2011, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking 9 gal Biorb Sorority

So recently came into owning a 9 gal Biorb tank. I am looking into making it a temp sorority until I have enough females to get the sorority I want in a 20 gal.)mostly lack of fund to get that one set up right now) I am looking at probably 4 or 5 females int he Biorb, my question is what else besides shrimp can I put in there? I was think 4 cory cats of some sort. What that be over stocking this tank? It will have a filter and live plants in it. Along with regular water changes.
I don't want to over stock it. This will be a medium term plan being I only have the one girl right now.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-03-2011, 08:34 PM
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Corycats prefer a long footprint, so I'm not sure the biorb would be optimal for them.

(Cool tank though!)
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That is true, I just have always like cory cats. Hmm I will need to figure something out lol.
Yeah it is a nice tank.. I got a complete set up with decor even only missing filter cartridge for 10 bucks at a thrift store. I was so excited XD

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Thoth, The Red VT twins - Fred and George, Motoko. As well as Bloodmoon and SilverKnight, Zypher, Bobber, Quetzalcoatl, Tsuruko, Shinobu, Mistume, and Su. Introducing, The Duke. 4 unnamed.
RIP- All those loved and lost. Forever Missed.
I now add the name of Prince Poppycock to the list. forever loved and forever missed.

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I agree. Corys need a lot of bottom to scavenge on as that's their preferred area of the tank. They definitely like a long tank vs. a tall one. I think 4 corys and 4 girls is too many for a 9 gallon so I'd wait til you get the 20 and it's cycled and established as corys are also very sensitive fish.

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thanks for the advice, so any advice on what would work for stocking the tank? Besides shrimp if possible.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-03-2011, 09:24 PM
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Mystery or nerite snails

or

2-3 otocinclus

6.6g planted bookshelf tank -
6 black kuhli loaches, 1 mystery snail
Anubias nana, Java moss

2.5g planted -
2 horned nerite snails
Anubias barteri var. nana 'petite', marimo ball

And a few tropical community and cool water tanks.

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-04-2011, 01:39 AM
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I think I would just focus on keeping the females nice and happy then once you upgrade stock with other species! :)

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I personally don't recommend any sort of bottom feeder for this tank**. I own this exact one and the substrate that you are supposed to use* (large sharp ceramic pieces) can easily cause you to mis-locate bottom feeders, especially otos.

Fortunately, due to the design of the tank, it cycles quite quickly, as the ceramic pieces provide A++ housing for bacteria, along with the shape with the bubble tube will provide an optimal oxygenated environment for them.

With this in mind I second what laughing said -- concentrate on your girls.

*you CANNOT put sand in this, nor regular gravel. The way the filter works, nothing except large rocks or the ceramic media provided will work properly.

**I also don't personally recommend this tank for bettas (especially males) but females are a better choice.

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Thanks Bahamut for the advice. I am going to be using glass marble like substrate. I find it easiest to clean. This is only a temp tank for my sorority until I have enough funds girls to get my 20 up and going. Good to know it cycles fast though. I won't be using it to house any of my girls for several weeks yet.

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Thoth, The Red VT twins - Fred and George, Motoko. As well as Bloodmoon and SilverKnight, Zypher, Bobber, Quetzalcoatl, Tsuruko, Shinobu, Mistume, and Su. Introducing, The Duke. 4 unnamed.
RIP- All those loved and lost. Forever Missed.
I now add the name of Prince Poppycock to the list. forever loved and forever missed.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-04-2011, 02:43 AM
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Oh, I meant it only cycles quickly if you're using the ceramic substrate. I'm not sure about using glass marbles, just make sure they're big enough or else they will jam the filter.

It should still cycle in the pads though. The ceramic substrate just makes it much faster because it provides additional homes for bacteria.

I hope to see pictures though! I've never seen it set up with anything else :D

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