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Old 10-19-2005, 05:24 PM   #1
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Is a ten gal too small for cory cats?

I wanted to get two cory cats and two otos as tank cleaners in my 10 gal planted. www.liveaquaria.com is saying 30 gal minimum for these guys.

Is the 10g too small?

Other options? (I suppose I could get 3 or 4 otos, but the cats definatley do a differnt type of work in the tank)
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I have kept corys for years in a 10 gallon no problem. Get at least two, but 3-4 would be better.
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Old 10-19-2005, 05:56 PM   #3
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I see no problem with it...they are just little bitty guys.
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Old 10-19-2005, 09:48 PM   #4
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They do like company of their own kind tho.... I've got 3 peppered corys in my 10, with a few neons and male guppies.

So, get 3 or 4 of the smallest cory species you can find (schwartzi only get 1.5" long, the peppered just over 2"), and you should be good to go.
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Old 10-19-2005, 09:50 PM   #5
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Just chiming in with full agreement...though julii's are cute and small as well.
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Liveaquaria seems to recommend 30 gallons for a lot of 10-20 gallon fish.
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Old 10-19-2005, 11:34 PM   #7
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I saw some of these
at my lfs. They are SO cute and they stay little.
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:58 AM   #8
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go for teh cories, they are great!!!
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You could go with at least three or four normal size corys (i.e. bandit or bronze) or you could get five or six pygmy corys and a couple of otos. I've bred bronze corys in a ten gallon tank (actually the fish did the breeding without any help from me). Make sure and provide plenty of live plants and driftwood for cover.
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I thin we all agree yes Just wanted to add a shout for panda corys - definately the cutest and remain small
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