Originally Posted by slattery9104
Prob best to get a female for him thats about it as the only fish that really get on with a male betta are usually coloney fish that need to be kept in groups of 5 or more and the tank is too small
I don't know where you heard this but anyone who breeds bettas will tell you that even breeding bettas can result in two very battered fish. Females can be kept in a sorority of 6 or more but putting a male & female together is about as safe as putting two males together.
In my experience pygmy cories are rarely happy even in schools of 6 but what concerns me more is that I have seen bettas eat fish under an inch on length before. And pygs are TINY.
I think that in a 5g a handful of ghost shrimp or a pair of zebra snails would be your two best bets.