I have 4 cory catfish in my tank right now. 3 of them are peppered cories, 1 panda cory. I'm wondering if, in other's experiences, the peppered cories will "adopt" my panda into their group, and if my panda will be content to swim with them.
All 4 of my cats are great- the 3 peppers are extremely active and chase each other around, surface swim and dive, they are great fun to watch. My panda will also take part in this, but less frequently.
I originally got the panda in a pair with another panda for a separate tank, but one of them died :(
I moved him into the tank with the peppers because I figured ANY catfish were better than no catfish for him.
He seems fine, like I said at times he is extremely active and will swim around with the other cats. But he is definitely less active, and will swim alone more often than the other 3 will.
I'm debating whether to leave them, or to get 2 more pandas and put my 3 pandas in one tank and have leave the peppers in the tank they are in. I wil eventually be restocking my 2nd tank, but it will be a few weeks so I'm weighing my options.
Catfish experts and/or enthusiasts, I'd like your thoughts on how crucial it is that specific cory species school with the same specific species, or if they just as content mixed with other cats. These were my first pandas and the one died so quickly that I don't know much about their behavior patterns.
By the way, I have them in 10 gallon planted cycled tank with a mystery snail, and right now those are the only fish I have, my other tank is empty.