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nwcowgirl024 11-10-2008 12:15 AM

mixing species of corys
i went out and baught 3 spotted corys and an albino. will the albino be ok with the spotted ones or should i go back and buy him a buddy as well.
how many can/should i get
i have a 15 gallon filtered aquarium with just the corys and a betta.and im not planning on any other species other than maybe a pleco down the line.

kritas 11-10-2008 04:13 AM

Ideally, you should really buy 2-3 more albinos for your albino cory. It won't make a big difference, but thats personally what i would do. If it makes the fish happier, do it...

nwcowgirl024 11-10-2008 03:40 PM

ok so i went back and baught one more albino and 2 more spotted. i prefer the spotted ones. so atleast the albino will have one more that looks like him if he doesnt want to hang with the rest of the herd!

okiemavis 11-13-2008 09:21 PM

If the albinos are happy hanging with the others, it shouldn't be a problem. However, if they are hiding all the time, you'll probably want to get them some more buddies of their own.

Oldman47 11-16-2008 12:39 PM

I would say that with the fish you have now the tank is fully stocked. Keep a close eye on your water parameters since you have added so many fish so quickly. You may see a mini-cycle that you will need to take care of with water changes.

kyfishman 12-21-2008 11:32 AM

I think in a small tank like your 15g only having two of the albino cory cats should be fine. There won't be any real schooling anyway in a tank that small. In my 40 gal I only sometimes seem my schooling fish actually school. Your tank and mine are similar though in the fact that there is no real threat factor in your tank which demands the real need to school.

iam1ru12 12-31-2008 07:29 AM

Schooling is a social behavior of fish and is not necessarily a "defense mechanism". For albino cory (and other corydoras for that matter), providing the minimum number for them to "school" is one way of being able to observe their "natural" behavior.

Kim 12-31-2008 08:35 AM

I have a 15 gallon with 5 bronze cories and they do school. The only other fish in the tank ATM are 3 guppies. It's really cute because they have a routine. At night they sleep part of the time all together on this flat piece of driftwood that I have, then towards morning they scavenge the tank individually. When I turn the light on they all converge at the feeding area and I drop in their broken up pellets. After they eat they return single file to under an overhang in the driftwood. They occasionally come out in 2s and 3s to scavenge the tank for leftover food, and then at dinnertime they see me and come out again in a line to the feeding spot and eat. So, they will school and if your albinos seem to be unusually timid or shy I would add 1 or2 more (obviously you can't have two schools of 6, but one or two more shouldn't hurt) in about a week or so.

JHK30 01-01-2009 05:44 PM

Buy him like 2 buddys

wato 01-09-2009 10:12 AM

gang war...

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