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Old 09-15-2010, 10:37 PM   #1 
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So I've had my male betta in a 10g tank for about a month now... and was wondering if I could add any other fish? I heard cory catfish were great, and I'd love to have them... How many could I put in a 10g tank without it being horribly overcrowded (i know they're shoaling fish)..

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10 gallon
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5-6 bulbs that now have 4 inch sprouts on them...

also, what kind of cory catfish should I get?
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:39 PM   #2 
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You can probably fit in 3-4 cories in there. I hear that panda cories and dwarf cories are more sensitive to water quality. You should go with any of the other cories. Bronze cories, julii, albinos, peppered. I believe bronze are one of the more hardier type.
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:32 AM   #3 
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Thanks!
but how big do peppered corys get?
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about 3in
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:09 PM   #5 
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I would go with pygmy cories--as long as you add them to the tank just a few at a time and keep up with proper maintenance, they should thrive. They stay smaller than other varieties, so you can fit more in comfortably. You could put 6-8 pygmies in with your betta if the tank is planted and the filter is decent. It's important to get as large of a group as possible since cories are social schooling fish and do best in groups of 6 or more.

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Old 09-16-2010, 07:36 PM   #6 
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I guess I should go with the smaller fish..
Any idea where to buy pygmy cories?
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:44 PM   #7 
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I would like to try pygmy cories too but im afraid my betta would try to eat them...
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:21 PM   #8 
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You can try ordering them through your local fish store--most fish stores will put your request in the special order book and get your fish in in a few weeks. Pygmy cories are fairly common, so you shouldn't have much trouble. If you have a local aquarium club or society, those are a great resource for fish that breed fairly easily, like cories. Fish from them would likely be healthier and cheaper.
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:32 PM   #9 
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Thanks!
i'll try that
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