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  1. #1

    Default Cory Cats in a 10 Gallon?

    0 Not allowed!
    To start off with:
    I know any of the normal 4" Cory's are gonna be to big for a 10 gallon tank, but I was looking at these three species:
    Pygmy Cory
    Panda Cory
    and Peppered Cory

    I'm basically looking for a small species of cory cats that would work in a 10 gallon tank.
    Now, this tank is in the making, and will be my first. Catfish (and loaches) are by far my favorite fish, so I will be wanting to make my tank for them, and then finding compatible fish. But I was only able to find gravel in the store, not sand. I got the finest gravel they had, but can Cory's be on gravel at all (I've heard it can damage their barbels)?
    So yes, I'm looking for a small cory cat that is good for beginners.
    If anyone can help me with this, and maybe provide some useful info on the fish I already stated, that would be great! :)
    10 Gallon Tank: Currently empty

    If you don't go with the times you are gone with the times...

  2. #2


    0 Not allowed!
    peppered(assuming paleatus?) cories get big, a lot too big for a 10 gal.
    pandas are borderline, but I from my personal experience would say they also are too big.
    One of the three dwarf species would be fine though. pygmaeus, hasbrosus or hastatus although the dwarf species may be more sensitive than larger ones. gravel does not erode cory barbels; dirty water does. I have kept cories on pea gravel, and currently on flourite, and they have beautiful, flowing barbels. it is not mandatory to keep cories on sand, unless you want to watch their foraging behavior over sand(burying their faces up to the eyes, have sand puffing out of their gills, etc). in terms of animal welfare, the cories probably can't care less as long as there is plenty good food and clean water.

  3. #3


    0 Not allowed!
    I guess I'll be going for one of the dwarf species then :)
    Thanks for the information!
    10 Gallon Tank: Currently empty

    If you don't go with the times you are gone with the times...

  4. #4


    3 Not allowed!
    I'd never keep dwarf cories on gravel, they're way too much fun on sand. There must be a DIY store in the area that sells sand!

  5. #5


    0 Not allowed!
    Well, I've found a store with some aquarium sand. Now the debate is: should I get it?
    My one concern is that I have read that sand is harder for beginners, which is what I am. But then again, I have also read that the only difference is that while vacuuming the sand you should turn the filter off, and you need to do some special cleaning with it before putting it in the tank.
    So... Should I get sand, or is it truly bad for beginners?
    10 Gallon Tank: Currently empty

    If you don't go with the times you are gone with the times...

  6. #6


    1 Not allowed!
    No tank is bad for a well-read, well-researched beginner - especially if you bring your questions here. Talldutchie will advise you on sand maintenance. You only have to look at his tank to trust him!
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~

  7. #7


    0 Not allowed!
    There is nothing hard about using sand, it is cheap (depending on what kind you get, I used pool filter sand from Home depot that was $5 for 50 lbs.) and it is SO much more natural looking and fun for cories than gravel...yes, turn off filters when doing PWC's...rinse it before using if you want, I didn't
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal

  8. #8

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    2 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by ~firefly~ View Post
    No tank is bad for a well-read, well-researched beginner

    Sand is no more difficult than gravel which isn't difficult at all. Just remember to stir it around once in a while so gas pockets do not form. I have sand in two of my tanks and cleaning it is no issue even with a Python water changer. I use the Python to stir my sand around but if you have a smaller grain of sand in your tank just leave the siphon above the sand a little bit. If you want sand, get sand, this is a 10g tank, it's not like you have to buy several bags.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

  9. #9


    3 Not allowed!
    Well, I'm officially going to the store later to return the gravel and get sand!
    Thanks everybody!
    10 Gallon Tank: Currently empty

    If you don't go with the times you are gone with the times...

  10. #10


    2 Not allowed!
    ^^ Good choice, your cories will love you for it
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

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