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post #11 of 15 Old 07-18-2008, 11:37 AM
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do you plan on having cories or loaches when you turn it into a guppy tank?

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post #12 of 15 Old 07-18-2008, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I plan on having a corie in the tank. i already have one in there now and goes crazy. He shoots up to the top of the tank and back down again. I think he would like the sand much better.

I did have a loach in my tank before and he got ICK all over him. I tried and tried to get rid of it and it never went away so i had to ummmm flush him.

I am gonna go ahead and turn it over to a sand bottom.
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-21-2008, 12:37 PM
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I have a sand substrate and I love it. It takes a little bit more work but I think its worth it. To stir the sand I use a long handled kitchen fork and churn it up after I vacuum. Takes about ten minutes extra on a 55 gallon.

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post #14 of 15 Old 07-21-2008, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replys
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-23-2008, 03:25 AM
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i suggest going to home depot or lowes sometimes even walmart and buy a big bag (more depending on your tank size) of landscaping stones or sometimes called "pond stones" THEY ARE CHEAP! only a couple bucks a bag, for a large bag and look very natural. however when you get them home i suggest rinsing them well outside in a large bucket a few times to get the dirts and sands and particles out from the rocks to decrease tank clouding. i would NOT prefer colored rocks because i like a more natural look personally and they are most likely PAINTED! i cannot believe that would be good for a fish tank, period! but then again its all up to the tank owners preference of what they are going for. if you like the artificial look by all means dont let me stop you from getting that neon pink gravel or sand. i would suggest you think over the types of inhabints the tank is going to hold because this more importantly will more or less help determine what type of tank covering to use. for example clown loaches dont like larger rocks as there gravel because of their small whiskery mouths that get caught when digging in the gravel or if you want a live planted tank you may want to consider mixing a substrate in with your gravel to promote plant growth and health but that always can be done later on down the road..but more or less easier when your first setting up your tank. anyways i hope this is of some help.. happy fishing. :D
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