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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Pygmy corys with shrimp?

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I am thinking about putting in some Pygmy coradoras in my shrimp tank just to pick up the excess powder food from feeding. I have had 2 hydra attacks that almost killed my shrimplets population. I didn't get to spot them until Ive lost about 10 shrimplets. These lil buggers got smart and hid in the nook and cranny of the cremaic breeding tubes. Smart eh?

Tgoughts on Pygmy coradoras. With shrimplets.
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Are you sure it's safe they are omnivores may go after shrimplets

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i have no experience with pygmy corydoras, but if they behave like the normal sized corys, then I fear they will just swim into the shrimp and bash them about. my cory swims up to the surface of the water, then swims back down, and just barges everyone out of the way he or she has no manners at all lol x
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Ive heard Otto cats are completely shrimp safe
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I've never had any issues with pygmy cories and RCS. The shrimplets would swim openly in front of the cories.
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I've had Corydoras pygmaeus and Corydoras habrosus both eat young shrimp (in heavily planted tanks with tons of hiding spots) and harass adult shrimp.

But they're often peaceful and pose little threat.
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My Julii cories regularly eat their own fry - why wouldn't they eat shrimplets?

Another alternative would be to use a feeding dish in your shrimp tank. No excess can fall into the substrate and when they're done eating, it's easy enough to siphon up the excess.

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Thanks guys for your input. Any recommendations for bottom feeders besides ottos?
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albino corry tend to stay small

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I can't think of any other shrimp safe bottom feeders besides snails and ottos, sorry

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My Julii cories regularly eat their own fry - why wouldn't they eat shrimplets?

Another alternative would be to use a feeding dish in your shrimp tank. No excess can fall into the substrate and when they're done eating, it's easy enough to siphon up the excess.
Because pygmies are about half that size...


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My moms pygmy do not bother her shrimp at all, granted they are well feed. She has so many shrimp now I am taking some off her hands and putting them back into my shrimp tank.

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albino corry tend to stay small
But Pygmy cories always stay small

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I have Corydoras paleatus and aeneus with my RCS and I've never had any problems. They'll feed of the same algae wafer, the corys are a little pushy, but not malicious.
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