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Apparently the "Emerald Corys" i thought i purchased a few months ago are actually Bronzes... But anyway. Are the numerous types of Cory Cats able to school with others of there same family?

For Example:

3 Bronze Corys
1 or 2 Peppers
1 or 2 Bandits
1 or 2 Juliis
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1 or 2 Pandas
 

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I think they will, because I have bronze corys and laser orange corys and they school together, even though the bronze corys are much smaller than the others. They hang hang out together a lot of the time.
 

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Thanks for all the responses!

I've been thinking about it and I will be introducing them in groups of 3...
(Once i get my 55 gallon anyway):p

I'm just a little skeptical of having so many bottom feeders. Maybe I will go with :

3 Bronze
3 Peppers
3 Bandits

Is this too many? I also wanted to put a Clown Loach in there but that might be too much for the Lower level.
 

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Thanks for all the responses!

I've been thinking about it and I will be introducing them in groups of 3...
(Once i get my 55 gallon anyway):p

I'm just a little skeptical of having so many bottom feeders. Maybe I will go with :

3 Bronze
3 Peppers
3 Bandits

Is this too many? I also wanted to put a Clown Loach in there but that might be too much for the Lower level.
Clown loaches are very very social loaches and need to be kept in a group of 4 or more, you will not be able to keep 4 clowns in that tank for an extended period of time due to the size they that will grow to be. One clown loach will do fine in the tank, but you will not see their true personality unless you school them.

Hope this helps.
 

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Cories aren't always on the bottom... Personally, I'm planning on a catfish tank..
I think cories, dwarf chain loaches (8-10), upside down catfish (3), and a centerpiece fish for the top levels (a dwarf gourami trio or some female bettas) would make a awesome display.. If you don't like centerpiece fish, a school of 6 hatchets would be nice too...
 

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Cories aren't always on the bottom... Personally, I'm planning on a catfish tank..
I think cories, dwarf chain loaches (8-10), upside down catfish (3), and a centerpiece fish for the top levels (a dwarf gourami trio or some female bettas) would make a awesome display.. If you don't like centerpiece fish, a school of 6 hatchets would be nice too...
The bottom dwellers / catfish are some of my favorites. They are very diverse and interesting in their appearance and habits. Given a tank of their own, they would probably frequent all levels from time to time.
 

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Thanks for all the responses!

I've been thinking about it and I will be introducing them in groups of 3...
(Once i get my 55 gallon anyway):p

I'm just a little skeptical of having so many bottom feeders. Maybe I will go with :

3 Bronze
3 Peppers
3 Bandits

Is this too many? I also wanted to put a Clown Loach in there but that might be too much for the Lower level.
As you have space, I would increase the cory species up to five of each. Where space is limiting, 3 of a species with 2 or more species (so you have 6+ in total) is OK, but the more of a species the better. Some are very species-oriented, others less so. But there is no doubt at all that they will be healthier the more there are of each species.

And all species get along, you will never see squabbling among corydoras.:) I have had up to 60 corys from several species mixed in my 90g and 115g tanks. Some certainly prefer staying within their own species more, but they all get along and chum around together no matter what. In a 4-foot 55g tank, you could have anywhere from 5-6 (if one species only) up to 30. This may limit other substrate fish though.

On the loach, as has been mentioned, this is not good. A group of 5+ is required or the fish will likely be stressed. And they get large, 8-12 inches in a 6 foot tank [minimum], but some clown loach can reach up to 16 inches. There are other species in the Botia genus that remain around 4-5 inches, and there are the dwarf species someone mentioned already. Many of these are in our profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar [you can click the shaded names for that profile]. Also many cory species are included.
 

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I agree with the above reply. We had a lone Panda Cory that came with some community fish in a tank that we bought. We got 2 more Emerald's thinking they would become friends and they didn't. They were not enemies, but did not pal around like we thought they would.
 
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