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post #1 of 12 Old 11-23-2012, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
Are Cory Cats Compatible?

Apparently the "Emerald Corys" i thought i purchased a few months ago are actually Bronzes... But anyway. Are the numerous types of Cory Cats able to school with others of there same family?

For Example:

3 Bronze Corys
1 or 2 Peppers
1 or 2 Bandits
1 or 2 Juliis
and
1 or 2 Pandas
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I think they will, because I have bronze corys and laser orange corys and they school together, even though the bronze corys are much smaller than the others. They hang hang out together a lot of the time.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-24-2012, 07:36 AM
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They will school together, however, you should still try for at least 3 of each species rather than a bunch of singletons.
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-24-2012, 07:37 AM
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From what I have read, many of the various corys will school together. I have a book that says the emerald catfish is "closely related to the true corydoras catfish".

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post #5 of 12 Old 11-24-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
Thanks for all the responses!

I've been thinking about it and I will be introducing them in groups of 3...
(Once i get my 55 gallon anyway)

I'm just a little skeptical of having so many bottom feeders. Maybe I will go with :

3 Bronze
3 Peppers
3 Bandits

Is this too many? I also wanted to put a Clown Loach in there but that might be too much for the Lower level.
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Thanks for all the responses!

I've been thinking about it and I will be introducing them in groups of 3...
(Once i get my 55 gallon anyway)

I'm just a little skeptical of having so many bottom feeders. Maybe I will go with :

3 Bronze
3 Peppers
3 Bandits

Is this too many? I also wanted to put a Clown Loach in there but that might be too much for the Lower level.
Clown loaches are very very social loaches and need to be kept in a group of 4 or more, you will not be able to keep 4 clowns in that tank for an extended period of time due to the size they that will grow to be. One clown loach will do fine in the tank, but you will not see their true personality unless you school them.

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post #7 of 12 Old 11-24-2012, 02:54 PM
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Cories aren't always on the bottom... Personally, I'm planning on a catfish tank..
I think cories, dwarf chain loaches (8-10), upside down catfish (3), and a centerpiece fish for the top levels (a dwarf gourami trio or some female bettas) would make a awesome display.. If you don't like centerpiece fish, a school of 6 hatchets would be nice too...
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-24-2012, 03:09 PM
if you're doing a 55 i'd do like 4 or 5 of each cory.
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Cories aren't always on the bottom... Personally, I'm planning on a catfish tank..
I think cories, dwarf chain loaches (8-10), upside down catfish (3), and a centerpiece fish for the top levels (a dwarf gourami trio or some female bettas) would make a awesome display.. If you don't like centerpiece fish, a school of 6 hatchets would be nice too...
The bottom dwellers / catfish are some of my favorites. They are very diverse and interesting in their appearance and habits. Given a tank of their own, they would probably frequent all levels from time to time.

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post #10 of 12 Old 11-24-2012, 03:24 PM
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My current tank hosts 8 Bronze corries, 4 Panda corries, and a Betta.
Love the corries.
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