Is it hard caring for Pygmy Corys? I’m still deciding if I should get them for a 10 gallon tank (they would be with a couple shrimp, 2 nerite snails, and my betta). I don’t know if I should get them or not. Any advice?
They are not peppered cories (corydoras paleatus); they are salt & pepper cories (corydoras habrosus). Aquatic Arts says their average purchase size is 1/2 inch and full-grown 1.4 inch (that's a very specific measurement, haha) and lists their sizes as the same as pygmies, though the lfs I went to said to expect them to grown just a teeny bit smaller than pygmies. (I didn't purchase mine from Aquatic Arts but from the lfs.) They were about 1/2 inch when I got them--about the size of my pinky nail--and are about 3/4 inch now.The pygmies are tiny no bigger than a half inch. If you had peppered corys that big they were babies. That’s why they died to early to move. How big are the last 2 now?
I was planning to get 8, but I don’t want to overstock. Do you think they would do better in a 15 gallon? (1 betta, 8 pygmy corys, 2 nerite snails, and a couple of shrimp)Not very hard to care for but they must be in a school of 6+ . They are a schooling fish .
Imo 6 Cory's and a Betta is a lot for a 10 gallon
If I notice my betta bothering too them too much then I’ll definitely take him out of the tank. I was planning on getting 8 of them. I’ll also get a sponge filter.I would be cautious with pygmy cories and bettas, as they are small enough to look like food to a betta, and bettas are carnivores. You may want to use a sponge filter, or put nylon stocking material over the filter intake.
Pygny cories bo best in larger schools, 6 is not enough, you have room in a ten gallon for 9 or more. Pygmy, not dwarf or regular cories,
I just measured the dimensions of a 15 gallon and I don’t think it will currently work for me sadly. I’m currently redecorating my room, so I could put it somewhere different. But just in case a 15 gallon won’t work, would you have any suggestions of what I could keep in a 10 gallon with my betta?Yes 15 is better than a 10. It’s what I have. 10 pygmies about a hundred cherry shrimp,mts snails and I think 4 nerite snails. Oh and 2 baby bosemanI rainbows. .
I’ll see if I could get a 15 gallon because I also want to keep shrimp and nerite snails with them. If the 15 gallon doesn’t work out, then I guess I’ll just have my betta and 10 corysI keep 10 corydoras pygmaeus in my 10 gallon nano.
I keep them:
3 sparkling gourami
8 kubotaI rasboras
10 pygmy cories
I started with 7, they hid so much so I upped it to 10. Theyre so small. Adorably tiny and when I asked how many you could fit on planet catfish I was told between 10-15 for a 10 gallon tank. Keeping them in a 10, I find this to be true.
Very hardy, 7 came from a lfs fresh out of quarantine because tank had ich a month before I bought them and not a single one died or became sick in my care. The 3 more I bought came from online and shipped very well.
So IMO, if your betta is fine with other tankmates, corydoras hastatus would work good.
10 hastatus cories
That's a workable stock list for a 10 gallon (not a tall 10 gallon though)
I had the same with my Otto's I now have 4 out of 6 left but they do have a low immune stystem which doesn't help.I bought 6. The first day or two they were fine. After that, I lost 4 of them to an unknown cause--about every 24 hours one would die.