40l (10g) tank, how many corydoras

Discussion in 'Corydoras' started by Raab228, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Raab228New MemberMember

    Hi I'm new to Loki g after corys and have a tank under cycle and setting up. I was wondering how many of each corys I could keep in it like 6 albino or 7 panda p. Any ideas would help. Also what plants do people use

    cheers :)
  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Sorry to inform you but cories wont work in a 10 gallon, you'll need at least a 20 gallon as cories are schooling fish and you need at least six of them.

  3. Raab228New MemberMember

    Meant looking after corys * lol

  4. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah, no cories in the 10 gallon.

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  5. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to Fish Lore!!!!! Haha, sure you didn't mean Loki? ;) I'm a huge fan of Loki! :D

    Yeah, cories are best off in a 20g or larger. While there are some more "iffy" corydora types that might be more suitable for a 10g than others, cories are best left off the list of fish for a 10g. Sorry. :)
  6. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    If you're looking for a clean up crew, you could do snails or shrimp!
  7. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    Yes, no cory will work in a 10g. I would do asian stone catfish or species in the Akysis genus if you want catfish in a 10g.
  8. Jobofett808Valued MemberMember

    How about Pygmy Cory?


    JOBOfett808 (Hawai'i)
  9. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Those are too active for a 10, as are the other types of dwarf cories.
  10. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    Tadpole madtoms might work, but will have a much lower temp requirement than most tropical fish.
  11. Mark321New MemberMember

    My pal keeps his breeding groups of Corys in x2 54Litre tanks.
    7 in each, Pandas.
    The tanks don't look crowded, the fish spawn at the drop of a hat and they look happy as Larry.
    On the flip side of that..
    Where we live we have pretty much perfect tap water for Corys.
    Both of those tanks get a water change every 48 hours.
    They are species tanks, no other tank mates.
    They are extremely well filtered with external filters packed with loads of bio-home media.
    He has the tanks lovingly planted, floating plants too, lovely driftwood, well aerated, yet gentle flow through spray bars.
    The stock he produces go to LFS's within a 100 mile radius, he's well known.
    He loves what he does, proof Corys can live happily and spawn in small tanks, but he knows what he's doing to the max.
    Would I try keeping Corys in a 54L tank? Nope.
    In a 40L tank, not in a million years.
    If I had a 40L I'd fill it with wood and ferns and moss, cycle it then start stocking with Shrimp.
  12. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    A 54 is a 15 gallon.... if it's the 24 by 12 type then it makes sense....
  13. Mark321New MemberMember

    Exactly Anders.
    It's probably nearer to 14 than 15 US Gallons isn't it?
    Seems the opinion here is that my pal is doing it wrong, he doesn't have 20 Gallon tanks!
    I'm curious now as to why my pal uses 54L tanks LOL. I mean he has fry and grow out tanks much bigger than that. I'll text him.
  14. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah.... a 14 gal has the same footprint as a 20 high, so it's fine for some types of cories. Not all though....
  15. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    When we discuss tank size for fish, especially cories, it's more an issue of the tank's footprint than anything else. Your buddy's 54L tanks have sufficient footprint for the (small species) cories he's breeding in them. Nothing at all wrong with that. It also sounds like your friend really knows his stuff and is not a beginner at this.

    A lot of the users here asking questions *are* in fact beginners, so we tend to be cautious when advising what size tank to keep fish in.

    I personally have my C. habrosus in an 8 gallon tank right now. It's only about 1/2 full, too. The footprint is sufficient to house them through the rest of their quarantine, and then I'm moving them to my guppy tank which has the same footprint as a 20 gallon. However even for quarantine, when advising new fishkeepers on what to do with the same fish, I would suggest a ten gallon, well filtered quarantine and a 20 gallon permanent home for the very same fish.

    It all comes down to experience and how much maintenance you're willing to do.

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