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post #1 of 5 Old 07-27-2008, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Substrate for Corys & Live Plants

What's the best substrate for someone who wants to have both corys and live plants in a 55 gallon tank? Would it be better to have the tank substrate divided into 2+ areas? Thank you.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-27-2008, 06:04 PM
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It's almost impossible to keep the two substrates seperate.

Use Eco complete or Flourish substrate that gives plants nutrients and doesn't cut the barbels of the cories.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-27-2008, 06:41 PM
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I have a very successful heavily planted tank with play sand in it. My cories absolutely love it, and I use root tabs to keep the substrate nutrient rich for my plants.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-27-2008, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a bunch for the advice. I'm new to aquarium keeping so I may have a lot of questions.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-28-2008, 04:14 PM
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No worries, ask away! The only tricky thing about sand is that you need to make sure you stir it up/vacuum it or it will develop anaerobic spots which can be dangerous to your fish. Malaysian trumpet snails can be very helpful to you in between gravel vacs as they will sift through the sand.
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