05-29-2007, 10:22 PM
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Corys are great. There is a reason they tend to be the default catfish in community tanks - they're peaceful, active (usually), amusing, and easy to care for.
Less easy to care for, amusing and active, but even more interesting are driftwood cats. The only one that springs to mind right off is Tatia perugia, the Oil catfish. They are a absolutely mindblowingly gorgeous dappled light green and dark brown. They has some of that outer space alien look that full grown pangius cats have, but they stay around 3". They're entirely peaceful, yet they will keep your fry population down. They don't like to come out into the light, but the go cuckoo for frozen bloodworms. Nice catfish all around.
If you want something unusual, you could go for these. If not, then corys are the way to go. I have a half dozen Pandas in the 20 gallon tank that my 7 year old has her remaining guppies in (time to add a couple females and recharge the population).