Good mid to top fish to add with cory's? Stocking my tank :)

  1. Lux Initiate Member

    I'm new to the hobby so i'd like to ask what you would recommend for me to stock my tank. Im picky and after looking at lots of pictures and doing lots of research I dont like to many of the fish available at my LFS or anything with huge fins. I'll take a small trip, call around, and spend some money on a few more good fish and thats not an issue.

    The tank is a 26 gallon bowfront with 4 cory cat fish. One blackfin, one bandit, 2 baby albinos. Dual airstones, two brazil swords (one very large) and filter, and a heater.

    My tank has been fully cycled and I was housing a couple tiger barbs in there, but I gave them away tonight. So now its a little empty with the just the 4 corys. All current corys play and shoal together, sometimes all 4 at the same time. I really like them but i'd like to add something else to the tank so please help me.

    I have two questions.

    The first, what would be a good looking single OR pair of fish to add to the tank. Perhaps something to stay at the top to mid level. I want to add some color but i do not want anything that will outgrow the tank or bullying my cory cats.

    Theres alot of choices out there but most of the common choices I dont really like. Hatchets, Guppys or other large finned fish I dont care for much. Endlers look nice, I like fish that look like sharks, loaches, cichlids, some colorful gourmais, but it seems most of these may eventually bully the cory and/or need to be in groups.

    Secondly, If i have to add another group of fish would you recommend danios (maybe glofish) , celestial pearl danios or tetras (maybe carindals) to school with the corys. I would and may do a larger school 8 -10 corys and one or two other nice looking fish also. I plan on getting at least another matching cory, maybe two.

    I like how playful the corys are and fish that play in plants but I'd like to keep a peaceful community. Maybe 3, maybe 4 types of fish one school of cory, one school of something else, and one or two other types fish that like to be loners.



    So I can either up the school of corys a little OR get another small group of school fishing AND a pair or one or two separate loner fish.

    Thanks for any help. I've enclosed some pictures...the two larger catfish really like laying ont he leaves. P.S The blue crayfish is in his own tank.

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  2. allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    what about harlequin rasboras. maybe 8, and 3 honey gouramis?so
    8-harlequins rasboras
    6-corys
    3-honey gouramis(1 male 2 female)
     

  3. Lux Initiate Member

    Thats a fish I meant to mention but left out, I DO like the rasboars, ill look into them more.

    Are all the gouramis behavior the same or are honey different? I looked at some pics, they are ok, but would like something a little more colorful if possible. Its kind of drab in there now. I could just do two schools adding some more corys, maybe some greens but I really would like one or two "feature" fish

    The entire reason I bought the cory's were because they help clean the bottom, but I fell in love with them. They are adorable.
     

  4. allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    the male honey is beautiful and they are really peaceful. you might try a betta but this is always a hit and miss so you'll need a back up plan. id suggest a dwarf gourami but most are so weak, but you could try one but no more than one. maybe 2 rams, but that's a hit or miss with the corys. i had apistos that went after my corys. maybe some northern mountain swordtails?
     

  5. Lux Initiate Member

    What is the reference to the dwarf gourmai being weak? Longevity of the fish, standing up for himself, or keeping them alone?

    I love the blue ram, but Id be upset if he bullied my cory catfish. I've heard its hit or miss with him.

    I dont care for the betta to much or the sword tails.

    Thanks for the help.

    I've considered doing 3 small schools of 5-6 each. Or even 10+ corys and one nice fish.
     
  6. allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    dwarf gouramis have gotten weak from being over breed and a lot die. they also hate all other gouramis.
     
  7. Lux Initiate Member

    Understood and thats a shame. The dwarf gourami is a pretty fish. So you would only keep ONE of those in the tank?
     
  8. allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    yep. you can try them though. just be aware they might die.
     
  9. Lux Initiate Member

    I'll go check out some of the local stores and see what they have.
     
  10. allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    ok awesome, but please dont impulse buy. even if you have to get on your phone and ask really quick if itd be ok to add it, do it.
     
  11. Lux Initiate Member

    Most definitely. I want to get all of the information I can before I go...I have 3 places somewhat near me and they all seem to just want to "push" whatever fish possible on all the customers.

    Tsk, Tsk.

    I want my corys to have a peaceful and happy life.
     
  12. Lux Initiate Member

    I was looking at the male honey gourami, very attractive. Much more then the female. Can I keep him by himself or is it a schooling fish unlike the dwarf
     
  13. allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    they arent schooling fish, but i dont know how well it will color up without a female.
     
  14. Lux Initiate Member

    The more I learn about fish, the more amazing they are. That makes sense, now I guess if I stick a male with 2 females...it wont be long before babies, huh? lol
     
  15. allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    well i doubt they would survive with other fish but yea they will breed, atleast i think they will :)
     
  16. pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    not necessarily true like with the live bearers.

    What about some praecox rainbows or thread fin rainbows? both can be very pretty fish (Haruppa actually has both for sale in the B/S/F/T section thou you need 30 more posts to get into that)

    You could also look into doing say one school of a larger tetra species.
     
  17. bruch.charlie Initiate Member

    I have 2 bolivan rams in my 30 gal and they get along great with my corys or think about 2 german rams they wont bully the corys

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  18. Lux Initiate Member

    What if i were to do all cory catfish and an upside down catfish? Hmm.. I may have to check into that..or a small group of 5-6 fish, 10 corys and an upside down catfish.
     
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  20. Lux Initiate Member

    I could get 2-3 with the rest corys but i think my LFS only has one at a time :-/