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foureyed_dragon 03-11-2008 05:25 PM

Bettas and cories?
 
I'm going to be upgrading my betta from a 2.5g tank to a 10g tank, and I would like to get some other fish for it. Would a corie of some sort be okay? If so what kind of care do they need?

It'sJames 03-11-2008 06:12 PM

Pygmy cories would be a nice addition to a 10 gallon tank. Most bettas do fine with them. They should be kept in a group of at least 4 though - 6 would be better. I think you could keep 6 pygmys and a betta in a 10 gallon if you're good with upkeep and water changes.

foureyed_dragon 03-11-2008 06:52 PM

I am almost obsessive with keeping my tank clean so that's not a problem. What kind of food do they need? Also, do they get very big?

It'sJames 03-11-2008 07:45 PM

They only get about 1.5". They will need a sinking pellet, or maybe a small wafer would work. Mine also liked bloodworms (frozen or live).

foureyed_dragon 03-11-2008 07:49 PM

Well I already have the bloodworms for my betta, so that's easy enough. They are bottom dwellers then I take it? Will they be okay with the coarse gravel I have?

Falina 03-11-2008 08:49 PM

They're bottom dwellers yep.

They prefer a sandy substrate, but as long as your gravel is smooth there shouldn't be any problems.

Falina 03-11-2008 08:51 PM

Also, pgymies can be hard to get a hold of depending on your area. you could also look into kuhlies, or otos.

Oldman47 03-11-2008 09:04 PM

Another cory about the same size is habrosus. They also get to less than 1.5 inches and are sometimes easier to find. Care is about the same.

foureyed_dragon 03-12-2008 10:09 AM

Okay, I will have to go see whats at the local pet store, I'm also lucky that there is an actual fish store not far from me. I'll have to see what they have and report back.

I have some left over gravel from when I made up my betta tank, but I was actually thinking about going with sand for this tank. I don't know if that would stress my filter or not though.

okiemavis 03-12-2008 08:41 PM

I've got sand, and I haven't had too many issues with the filter. Just make sure you rinse it like MAD before adding it. My cories used to be on gravel, which I thought would be ok, since it was smooth, but since switching to sand they are SO much happier. Their barbs have grown really long and they're much more active. I'd definitely recommend sand for cories- they're awesome, easy fish to keep though!


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