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Author Topic: 5 Gal hex- okay for a betta and 2 panda corys?  (Read 2998 times)
aer1976
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« on: September 17, 2008, 12:51:51 PM »

I have a 5 gal hex with a male betta.  I was thinking of adding 1 or 2 panda corys in there and was wondering if that would be too crowded?

Thank you for any help
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superpap56
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008, 12:58:30 PM »

i wouldn't do it personally.Others may disagree
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2008, 01:45:12 PM »

Absolutely nothing wrong with the Betta in the 5g hex but all species of cories are a schooling bunch and 5 to 7 should be kept as a group to have them feel secure, therein lies the problem. That many in a 5g hex just won't provide them with sufficiency to thrive properly. 1 will feel insecure and most likely hide away most times which is not conducive for a fish to thrive.
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superpap56
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2008, 01:47:11 PM »

exactly.especially in a hex
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2008, 05:01:51 AM »

I may as well toss in my tuppence 'orth, beginner that I am - I've got an 8g, and I've got 4 cories in there, which is supposedly less than I should have (the reading I've done suggests 6+ conspecifics for cories), but with my neons, I've no more room.  Pandas aren't the biggest, at 2" - the same size, potentially, as my juliis and bronzes, but I wouldn't put mine in anything smaller than where they are.

There are several pygmy cories (1"), but given the number you'd need to put in there for them to feel safe, I still don't think you should.

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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2008, 07:09:59 AM »

There are several pygmy cories (1"), but given the number you'd need to put in there for them to feel safe, I still don't think you should.

Incidentally, unlike the bigger cories, the pygmies are not bottom dwellers, and will be nothing like as sedentary in their habits as their bigger relations (or so I've read).  In other words, they'll spend their time swimming around, not resting on the bottom.  What this additional activity means in real terms (ie, whether they're too active for a 5g), I've no idea - I've never really observed them.

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