@turtle10 I know, but apparently the Petsmart around here won't take fish unless it's a return with 14 days, which I was just a little late on finding out. And sadly that's the only pet store that's close and easy for me to get to. I'll just have to see though, maybe I'll find another store that will. The peppered guy is better than the albino though, which I feel bad for.
Poor guy. The betta shouldn't be nipping him at all. You may think things look fine but your poor Cory may be really stressed because not only is he alone in a small tank, but he is being harassed by your betta.
My tank has gravel and the cories are just fine. I love cories, one of my favorite fish…They are very curious fish and love exploring with their buddies. Because of this, I would never put them in anything less than a 10 gal tank (a heavily decorated one at that).
In a tank your size, only tankmates can be snails or shrimp. If your betta doesn't kill them, shrimp will be great at cleaning up leftover food.
Hehe, that's positive. "If he doesn't kill them, they're great!" :P Well, my Petsmart should have gotten a new shipment yesterday, so hopefully they'll have 1 or 2 ghost shrimp. I'll miss my Benny. :'(
Aw really? That is so mean! Pet stores should have a QT tank for returns or something. Maybe because of the risk of diseases spreading. I returned fish to petco late when I was younger, but I am guessing they accepted them because they didn't care about diseases spreading:/
why should they care when half their stock is diseased
It's nice you're taking him back. I had corys in with Tango for about a year in a 16 gallon and eventually he turned on them. I never realized how inactive they were with him in the tank. There was a complete change in their behavior when they weren't being harassed anymore. You're doing the right thing.
Also, Corys eat mainly carnivore pellets, not algae wafers. They need a variety though, so you can feed both. But don't skimp on the meat. They need it. :)
Okey dokey! I know it is the right thing to do, but still, I'll miss the lil guy. So then I'll buy 3 or 4 ghost shrimp to make sure they don't die off immediately and my betta doesn't eat them, got it. ;)