|foureyed_dragon ||03-11-2008 06:25 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 07:12 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 07:52 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 08:45 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 08:49 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 09:49 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 09:51 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 10:04 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 11:09 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 09:41 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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