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post #1 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
Question Cory Cats for my 20g?

I am trying to find a type of cory cat that will be good for my 20g tank, i dont want anything that will get very big though. I currently have in my aquarium:
1 Gourami
3 Guppies (one is male)
3 Neon tetras (ill be getting 2 more)
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 11:32 AM
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pepperd corries are awesome i have 9 i thonk in my 50 gallon and there my all time fav in the tank
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 01:02 PM
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Pandas would be my choice - the smallest of the full size Corys. Or go with the dwarf Corys.

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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pepperd corries are awesome i have 9 i thonk in my 50 gallon and there my all time fav in the tank
Yeah i was looking at those, wasnt sure because of the size they get to though
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Pandas would be my choice - the smallest of the full size Corys. Or go with the dwarf Corys.
Saw those, deffinetly ones im looking into. I was wondering if there is anything i could give them that would sink to the bottom? I have algae pelets but my regular flakes and bloodworms dont sink. If they do my neons get to them pretty quick.
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 02:47 PM
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Usually need more than one catfish...

Most catfish like to be with others of their type, 4-5 as a minimum. They hang out together and spin yarns about us fishkeepers. They also lay eggs from time to time, my own about once a week, others faster than that. But they also eat the eggs, so no problem there, unless you want to raise catfish. It is very difficult to tell them apart unless you look down on them and see that the female is much wider than the males, because she is making eggs and needs more space for them. When young, forget it, just take whatever is available... I feed my cats the TetraVeggie Extreme Algae Wafers which sink right away. If they are small, you can use the Hikari Tropical Mini Algae Wafers which also sink.

Good luck with your tank and whatever catfish you add to it!

30G, 20G, 20G & 10G Community tanks of Mollies: Silver,
Sailfin, Dalmatian, Lyretail, Gold Dust, Harlequin, Black
10G Teenage Mollies, some becoming males now ~8 mo.
10G Teenage Mollies, ~8 mo. & Gold Dust Sailfin BB male
20G Teenage Mollies, ~2-7 mo. mixed
10G tank for QT, & 5G mommy tank
10G new Baby Mollies ~appx. 2 wks-1 month ~150 fry
20G Corys 80 various sizes Adults 2F, 2M (& cory fry)
Snails 30+ (not Ramshorn, not Nerite)


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post #7 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Most catfish like to be with others of their type, 4-5 as a minimum. They hang out together and spin yarns about us fishkeepers. They also lay eggs from time to time, my own about once a week, others faster than that. But they also eat the eggs, so no problem there, unless you want to raise catfish. It is very difficult to tell them apart unless you look down on them and see that the female is much wider than the males, because she is making eggs and needs more space for them. When young, forget it, just take whatever is available... I feed my cats the TetraVeggie Extreme Algae Wafers which sink right away. Also if they are small, you can also use the Hikari Tropical Mini Algae Wafers which also sink.

Good luck with your tank and whatever catfish you add to it!
Awesome! Thanks a bunch
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 02:56 PM
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Corys are not algae eaters so there's no need to feed them algae wafers. All the fish in your tank should be eating a high quality staple food like NLS pellets, including Corys.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
Yes but i read they were omnivors, so the algae would just be providing them with some of their diet. I am going to try and find a good brand of flakes maybe some pellets made for them.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-25-2014, 04:49 PM
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I do feed them shrimp, bloodworms, & veggies

Jaysee, sorry I do feed them the above, as well as the algae wafers. Funny evey night I put some in the dark tank, and they are gone by morning. Maybe the Mollies are eating them all up instead. Thank you for correcting me, it does mean that Tetra needs to know what food sinks so the cats can feed on the right thing. My baby cats do eat the wafers, as no one else is in there but them. I also give them First Bites and other baby food which I give to the Mollies, too. These tiny ones can't manage the large foods, yet.

30G, 20G, 20G & 10G Community tanks of Mollies: Silver,
Sailfin, Dalmatian, Lyretail, Gold Dust, Harlequin, Black
10G Teenage Mollies, some becoming males now ~8 mo.
10G Teenage Mollies, ~8 mo. & Gold Dust Sailfin BB male
20G Teenage Mollies, ~2-7 mo. mixed
10G tank for QT, & 5G mommy tank
10G new Baby Mollies ~appx. 2 wks-1 month ~150 fry
20G Corys 80 various sizes Adults 2F, 2M (& cory fry)
Snails 30+ (not Ramshorn, not Nerite)

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