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Old 05-01-2010, 12:40 AM   #11 
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That's what I'm worried about...how they're shipped. I don't want to put some poor pandas in distress simply because I want them in my tank. I also, however, don't want to pay 10 dollars per fish at Petco.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:19 AM   #12 
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It's ridiculous, isn't it ?? Maybe your petco will sell them cheaper. Maybe. My Petco like...hates me or something.

I've only been told of "new tank syndrome" and saying how even some experienced fish keepers see dead neon tetras in newer (t<6months) tanks. That's... as far as I can say. Haha. But of course it doesn't mean "MORTALITY RATE: A BAJILLION PERCENT."
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:33 AM   #13 
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Bran, unless you have a better source, $10/fish may just be as good as you're going to get it. Express shipping (overnight) is going to cost you about $30, so even for 4 fish, you aren't going to save much even if you can buy them for about $2.99 ea.

Get 3 corydoras aeneus, if they are available. You'll see them adverised as "bronze" corys, or even "green corys". Most albinos that you find with be from this species, as well. MUCH cheaper than pandas, usually.
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:56 PM   #14 
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Well see, one reason I was aiming to get the Pandas was because they're smaller and I figured they would put less strain on my bio. Aren't bronze cory's bigger and won't they put my stock level higher?
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Old 05-01-2010, 05:38 PM   #15 
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I can't imagine the difference being too great. And if you've got proper filtration it shouldn't be a problem with your bio-load regardless of what type of Cory you choose.
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The pandas WOULD be a little less of a load, but not too much. Corys in general are less pressure on your biofilter than their size suggests. If you were planning on 4 pandas, 3 bronze corys would be about the same load.
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:57 PM   #17 
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I guess I'm just playing Kittles' echo.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:14 PM   #18 
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Aren't pygmies noticeably less in bio-load?
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:25 AM   #19 
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I was planning on 4 panda's but I guess 3 bronze will have to do if I can't find the panda's at a cheaper price. Aren't corys schooling fish? They'll do okay in 3's?

xxabc, I've heard the same about pygmies but I think they're mid-tank swimmers and not bottom dwellers like most people know corys to be.
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:55 AM   #20 
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Hmmmm now that I'm thinking more about it, maybe I should get albino one's. I know you said they're from the same species usually, Mister Sparkles.

What about peppered cory's? Will those have around the same affect on my bioload?
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