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5 gallon too small for 2 pandas?
Old 01-14-2007, 11:25 AM   #1
 
5 gallon too small for 2 pandas?

Hello all!

I rescued two Panda Cories from PetSmart yesterday. I only have one extra tank (a 5 gallon hex) and, upon reading that they only reach about 2", figured that that would be sufficient. I am a bit concerned now, however. I don't have the room for another larger tank and cannot add anything to my two 10 gallons, as they are fully stocked. Is the 5 gallon much too small?

I have never had cories, but my roommate has successfully kept a single albino (I know that isn't a good idea, as they like to be in groups). The heater in the tank seems to want to hang out around 81.5 degrees. I have read conflicting reports regarding temp for these guys--isn't anything above 80 too high? If it is, I am going to have to get another heater (this one is at its lowest setting).

Would it be okay to add a few fancy guppies to the mix?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:14 PM   #2
 
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well usually cory cats need to be in shoals of 5 or more, but i have 3 together and theyre not lonely at all. i think thats a good enough size tank for them, but id recommend getting a 10 gallon and more cories!!
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Old 01-14-2007, 06:04 PM   #3
 
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Welcome aboard.

A 5 gallons can have extreme changes. I'd recommend 15 gallons as the minimum size for starters rather than 10. Make sure your tank is cycled before trying to add pandas.:)
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Old 01-14-2007, 07:34 PM   #4
 
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how about dwarf corydoras? id just get a betta, there really colorful and are very hardy. i have one in a 2.5 gallon and he loves it.
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Old 01-14-2007, 07:44 PM   #5
 
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how about dwarf corydoras? id just get a betta, there really colorful and are very hardy. i have one in a 2.5 gallon and he loves it.
Panda cories are already one of the dwarf species.:) They're just sensitive hence my preference not to place them in a 5 gallons tank. Corydoras hastatus is one of the dwarf species I know of.:) I haven't tried them but in a 75 gallons, they are probably exciting to watch in a group.
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