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Old 04-08-2006, 11:17 AM   #1
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Thinking of upgrading my betta tank...

I have a 2 gallon right now with only a filter. Thinking of upgrading to a 5 gallon that has the filter, heater and light. I was thinking that along wiht my betta I would be able to add 3 of the smaller sized cories.

What do you guys think? I have had cories and bettas together before with no problem, I just wanted to make sure that this wasn't overcrowding. Cause I am getting really excited, lol, and I don't want to do anything on a whim.
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Old 04-08-2006, 11:36 AM   #2
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I think that might be possible. Cory's are relatively fragile fish however, so while the betta can deal with horrible tank conditions the cory's will probably not survive. While they are schooling fish, I think 3 might be a bit much for the 5 gallon along with the betta. You might try 2 at first and see how everyone gets along and how toxins build up in the tank. I know some betta's are finicky with eating (my aunt has one in a large vase that only eats the floating pellets AS they are sinking right by the head of the fish, any other way and the betta ignores it), so the cory's should keep the substrate free of uneaten food, but they do poop a fair amount.

I had 3 cory's in my 20gallon and they did a great job of cleanup. I currently only have 1 left in the tank due to a bullying tiger barb that actually ate the fins off the other 2 before I realized what was happening (I thought they were just sick until I saw them swimming unevenly due to the fins). I really want to put 2 more in, but am worried about this barb. The 1 that is left does not seem to be bothered at all...

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Coreis.. fragile??? LOL.. i don't think ive ever had one die on me even through cycles and everything. Ive had 2 of my panda cories for almost 2 years now!
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I would think that 3 pygmies would do fine in a five gallon tank. I think it would make a nice display.
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why not splurge for a ten or twenty-gallon? bettas love the swimming room.
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Because it's on my desk at work. I think they might have a hear attack if I go from a 2 gallon to a 10 gallon, lol.
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gotta do it slowly start off withthe 5 gallon. then upgrade slowly to a 10, then a 20, eventually a 75
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I think it'll be fine with a few pygmy cories. They are cute and stay pretty small.
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gotta do it slowly start off withthe 5 gallon. then upgrade slowly to a 10, then a 20, eventually a 75
yeah, they'll never notice
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I was thinking of the pygme cories..I have never had those kind before and I haven't seen them around my lfs...looks like I will have to orderthem...it'll work out better that way, then I can have them delivered right to my workplace...ok yay, now I am ecxited!
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