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Corydoras pygmaeus-Pygmy cories how are they with bettas?

Are they good tank companions? Are they active fish? I have some pepper cories that hide all of the time.


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The smaller cories are very active generally. What are the Peppered cories you have? are they Habrosus or are they the bigger "Salt and Pepper" cories which scientific name I do not know. Habrosus (Dainty), Hastatus (Dwarf or Pygmy) and Pygmeaus are three of the smaller cories, Hastatus being the smallest and more of a mid-level swimmer than a bottom dweller. All three are very active and like to be in tanks that are 20 gallons or bigger (preferably longer than taller). All corydoras are wonderful companions to Betta's as they occupy generally different levels of the tank although the Betta's tend to go all over the place

Unless you have an extremely aggressive Betta(s) that don't get along with anyone, Betta's generally get along very well with corydoras of any type.

How many Peppered cories do you have? Perhaps you need to increase their numbers if they are hiding all the time; they may not feel very safe is all.

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Like lilnaugrim said, it depends on the betta. I have two emerald cory catfish with one of my bettas (very mellow). They are pretty active fish but sometimes they are lazy. They also like to be in groups and from what a lot of people told me, they prefer sand or very round pebble gravel because of the barbells around their mouth.
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I started with six while in quarantine two died. Either way they were not active even when there were six. They are a bit small, not fat ones. They stay in the back of the tank all day except one of them who ventures out in the afternoon. It stays in one place usually on a rock. I have been told this is typical. However, at the LFS they were racing to the top through the filter and back down again and seemed active.


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My former cories would do lots of scavenging and they wouldn't normally race up and down the tank but they'd go up for their air and then settle at the bottom again. They had day's where they didn't feel like doing much and I didn't blame them lol.

So what kind do you have? What's their scientific name? Cory's like Habrosus, Pygmeaus and Hastatus do MUCH better in groups of at least 9 since they are tiny and feel much more threatened against the world so that might not help is all.

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All of my cories except the peppered one are very active and don't hide. The peppered ones in my 29 tank and Stone's 46 both hide all the time. It's to much the same for it to not be just how they are - at least for us, we think they just like to hide.

I have 9 pygmy cories in my 10 gallon witn a halfmoon betta and they are happy and active. They are TINY so in a 20 gallon or bigger you'd never see them. I've seen people on anotehr forum recommend keeping 20+ in a 10 gallon and they will be happy and healthy and live just fine in it. Like I said - they are TINY. Personally unless I had a huge school of them, I won't keep them in anything bigger than a 10 gallon they are already like trying to find an otto in a heavily planted 90 gallon in my 10, I like to actually see them.
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I was considering my 29 gallon. The guy is selling a school of six or 12. The description says you could put them in 5 gallon. How heavy of a bio load do they put out?


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I was considering my 29 gallon. The guy is selling a school of six or 12. The description says you could put them in 5 gallon. How heavy of a bio load do they put out?

Honestly I don't notice the bioload at all, they are so small if they even put out a bioload my tank is so heavily planted that I don't notice it all all. Their tank is like a jungle.
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Ehhhh, just because you can put them in a 5 or 10 gallon doesn't mean you should. I know you said the Peppered weren't very active but they still need their swimming space. But your 29 would be great for the 6 or 12 I think you can always check aqadvisor.com anyway to give you a rough idea

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I also bought three little cories along with my betta and so far he seems to be okay with them. I plan on adding maybe 2 more. :)
I really think it depends on the fish in general, mine really dislikes snails in the tank and the dog outside the tank. ;)
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