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Old 04-10-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Cories, a schooling only fish?

I' thinking of adding a few cories to my tank. I have a 16g, well planted tank with just some neon teras. But I am not looking to add too many more fish. Would I be able to keep just 3 of them? Would they do well in such a small group?

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I' thinking of adding a few cories to my tank. I have a 16g, well planted tank with just some neon teras. But I am not looking to add too many more fish. Would I be able to keep just 3 of them? Would they do well in such a small group?

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They CAN be kept in a group of three, doesn't mean they should. My brother had 2-3 Cories in his tank and they were hiding and were sometimes lethargic. They will be much more friendly and active if they are kept in schools of 5+.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:52 AM   #3
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Cories are far more active in groups of 4+. I have four albino and 4 julii in my tank and they are some of my favorites. Not knowing any better I started out with 2 of each and they didn't do much. After doing some reading up on them I added 2 more of each and they are far more active and entertaining.
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How about pygmy corys? You can get more and they'll stay small.
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I' thinking of adding a few cories to my tank. I have a 16g, well planted tank with just some neon teras. But I am not looking to add too many more fish. Would I be able to keep just 3 of them? Would they do well in such a small group?

Any thoughts greatly appreciated!

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Hello dam...

Corydoras aren't schooling fish, they just feel more comfortable with other Corys, but that's unimportant. Ideally, you want to stock one Cory for every five gallons of tank volume, so a small tank isn't going to support very many. You can have three, but five or more is best.

I've had a male and female Albino Cory in a 30 G tank for three years and they're fine. You just need to keep the water extremely clean, by changing about half the tank water every week.

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I agree that Corys are more active and less shy in larger groups. They are awesome fish to watch
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I agree that Corys are more active and less shy in larger groups. They are awesome fish to watch
And a great cleanup crew too!
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I think I'll go for it and get 5 or six. khartig mentioned doing a mix and match this seems like a plan for me.

Does it matter how many are male and how many are female? from what I have read they are all good community fish but nothing about sexes.

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I think I'll go for it and get 5 or six. khartig mentioned doing a mix and match this seems like a plan for me.

Does it matter how many are male and how many are female? from what I have read they are all good community fish but nothing about sexes.

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Eh, not really. Any cory, any sex.
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I did the mix because I couldn't decide which I liked better so instead of trying to make up my mind I opted for both. They are very peaceful and do intermix quite often.
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