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Old 08-04-2011, 09:43 AM   #11
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Thanks Blax =0) I'll probably get my corycats next week.
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:32 PM   #12
 
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I have corys with gravel and plants and the corys are absolutely fine. They do uproot some fine rooted plants though and I often have to replant my valis.
I love my corys, they are my favourite fish. they are too funny! Just rememeber though when you go to buy your corys that they absolutely MUST be kept in groups of no less than 5 and also that different types of corys dont school together. I have Pandas, Albinos and Bronze and all three types stick to their own groups which is why I have 5 of each. I started with 2 Pandas, 2 Bronze and 3 Albino Corys thinking that would be a nice school. The Albinos are rather gregarious, outgoing fish and even though there was only 3 they seemed happy enough. The 2 pandas stuck together like glue and were so scared they didnt venture out at all. The Bronze were the same. Once I increased each type to 5 they all began to come out and play and now they zoom around the tank day and night But they definately dont hang out together. Mine love a half cocounut shell with an archway cut out for them to hide in. I position the shell so I can see inside and they are just soooooooo cute! People often mistakenly think cories are waste eaters and this is not true. They dont and wont eat waste, but as they spend most of their time on the bottom of your tank its really important to keep the substrate clean and to supplement their food with algae wafers. I drop mine right in the front of the tank and as soon as it hits the gravel they spring out of all their hidey holes :) Contrary to what Ive read, mine have never been nocturnal feeders either. They eat pretty much as soon as they get a whiff of a good wafer ;)
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:44 PM   #13
 
Actually cories generally will school together but 3 is the minimum per species for them to be happy. They dont always though. I think alot of it depends on the timing of being introduced. Cories are naturally nocturnal but being tank raised they will often come out more during the day then normal.
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:48 PM   #14
 
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Actually cories generally will school together but 3 is the minimum per species for them to be happy. They dont always though. I think alot of it depends on the timing of being introduced. Cories are naturally nocturnal but being tank raised they will often come out more during the day then normal.
3 is bare minimum, 5 is better to really see their playful characters and how they would behave in their natural enviroment. Been keeping cories 10 years+ and the difference in behaviour between a group of 3 and that of 5 is a joy to see :)
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Old 08-05-2011, 04:56 PM   #15
 
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3 is bare minimum, 5 is better to really see their playful characters and how they would behave in their natural enviroment. Been keeping cories 10 years+ and the difference in behaviour between a group of 3 and that of 5 is a joy to see :)

Oh I agree. My first cories came with a tank I bought. Only one bronze and one peppered. They stuck together like glue but just sat in a corner except to eat. I added 2 more peppered hoping to get them to school but the 2 older ones just ignored the new ones. The little ones would come hang out for a bit but then go off on their own. Wound up having to get rid of all my fish at that point in anticipation of a move that never happened. I got 6 peppered cories now and they play together very well :)
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:05 PM   #16
 
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Oh I agree. My first cories came with a tank I bought. Only one bronze and one peppered. They stuck together like glue but just sat in a corner except to eat. I added 2 more peppered hoping to get them to school but the 2 older ones just ignored the new ones. The little ones would come hang out for a bit but then go off on their own. Wound up having to get rid of all my fish at that point in anticipation of a move that never happened. I got 6 peppered cories now and they play together very well :)
arent they just the best fish ? So sweet, almost like puppies. Pandas used to be my favs but I was given some albinos a few years back (never liked them much) and they have captured my heart. They have terrible eyesight like most albino fish, but they zoom around the tank bumping into everything witout a care in the world lol And they take algae wafers from my hand which is too cute. Best of all, in a tank with lots of plants and dark substrate they are almost fluorescent! Much bigger than other cories though so you have to watch the tank size. I have lots of different types and it can LOOK like they are schooling together, especially when they are kept in too small of a tank, but usually when they do that its because they are stressed in their enviroment. I blame LFS for giving people terrible advice
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:30 PM   #17
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I got 5 albino cories in my 20 gallon tank. Its got some live plants and black substrate. They definitely have the most character. 2 of them just love to swim back and forth =0)
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:26 PM   #18
 
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I have 5 Bronze Cory with a fairly heavily planted tank and havent seen any problems from them. they dont really hang out too much together though, mostly stay in a couple of different groups. They kind of scatter out sometimes durint the day and hide amongst the slate formations that i put in the tank. Fun little guys to watch when they go to work. but back on track, they havent caused any problems in my tank so far. thinking of putting in a few more.
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