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post #1 of 7 Old 01-10-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Cory Questions

Im not sure if this is already a post and I kept finding different info on search engines. Ive always been a fan of Corys and i have two albinos in a 20 gallon long tank with a few other small fish. I know they should be kept with atleast 6 of them because they are shoaling fish but I wanted to know if having different types of Corys together works well? There are a lot of kinds and I wanted to get 2 or 3 different kinds. Can anyone give me some info?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-11-2010, 02:39 AM
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Some cories will school with other cories of different species but others will not. It's also difficult to pin down any sort of rule on the subject as different fish have different personalities. To play it safe, though, I would probably just get more of the same type just to be sure.

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-11-2010, 07:02 AM
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I agree. You'll have the best luck with more of the same type. We have 7 albino ones and one peppered one... the peppered one does often stay with the albinos, but I think we're going to move him to another tank and get him some peppered friends

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-11-2010, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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So would it be a bad idea to try it and see how it works out? I have 35G tank that only has a handful of Tetras in it that i could move them to if it doesnt work out.
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-11-2010, 09:45 AM
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I have seen Skunk & Panda Cory's school together. However I have not seen the same behavior for Albino's nor Bronze Cory in my tanks, therefore I'd suggest to get yourself 4 more Albino's

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-11-2010, 07:44 PM
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My experience has shown that having 3 of each species seems to work. I have five cory species in my current 90g and eight species in my 115g, plus an Aspidoras species in each (same family). I have varying numbers due to what has been available, so some species have 2, most have 3, and a couple have 5 or 6. Some stay together much more than others; C. panda are always together and I can't think when I've seen one of them with any other species. But different fish will do different things.

In their natural habitats in Amazonia, species are often found intermingled, but always there are large numbers of each species within that mixed species group. I would take that as a guide and aim for 3 or more of each species, while combining them. A happy fish is a healthier fish.


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post #7 of 7 Old 01-12-2010, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the information everyone. I think the next time im at the petstore im gonna get 2 more Albinos and maybe in the future I'll add a few of another kind.
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