Should I add more fish?

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BettaSplendens

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So right now I have a 17-gallon tank housing a male betta, 2 corydoras, 4 Cardinal Tetra, and a few shrimp. It's pretty well-stocked I guess. The betta stays on the top, the tetra in the middle and the catfish on the bottom. And I'm wondering- should I add more fish? I'm thinking of a pleco or some other small schooling fish to add in the tank. Much help would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

jake72

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Not sure you should but if you do you should either increase the number of cory or cardinals. Both prefer larger schools. I would not add another species. Also the betta might object to new visitors if they are a different species. No telling there as it cmes down to specific fish personalities.
 

dougall

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I would positively identify what species of cory you have before trying tio add to anything.

my instinct is that the tank is pretty full already, I would also worry about keeping shrimp with a betta also.
 

jake72

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On hind sight unless your cory are one of the pygmy breeds i would not add more cory; the tank is just too small. However you could consider adding 2 or 3 more cardinals.
 
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