Interspecies Shoaling

  1. arriflex

    arriflex Initiate Member

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    Do corys concern themselves with other species of corys when shoaling or feeling confident and comfortable in general?

    We currently have 3 emeralds, however research indicates they like to be in 5+. The question is will it have to be more emeralds or could other sub-species work?
     


  2. Adam55

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    The same species is best, but they'll group up with whatever is available. At least that's what I've seen with mine.
     


  3. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

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    Always get them in groups of 6+ of their own kind
    Emeralds you usually see in Lfs are not actually corys, they're Brochis Splendens a sub species.
    They won't always school with other kinds & you'll see more natural behaviour if kept in single species groups
     
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    arriflex

    arriflex Initiate Member

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    We've got 3, plan to add 3 more. I think they are a little intimidated by the Serpae which tend to swim in the mid to lower part of the tank.
     
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    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

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    They should be more bold once you get 3 more emeralds, safety in numbers :)
     
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    arriflex Initiate Member

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    I hope so. I also need to look into the Serpae situation more. The LFS said they would be fine in a community tank- they are good with the neons but are pricks to the Cory's. Some people say more serpae will keep them screwing with each other- others say that just makes them even bigger bullies. YMMV I guess.