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When to add corys; don't want uprooted plants
Old 08-03-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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When to add corys; don't want uprooted plants

I just planted my tank yesterday. I was wondering how long it should take before they get enough roots to stay in place when I add some corys. I don't want the corys to uproot all the plants with their digging around. Yes, the tank is cycled. Thank you.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
 
Depends on your plants. Most cories are actually quite gentle. The problem is that many submerse plants don't rely on their roots a lot. What you can do is put some pebbles around the stems of your plants; this way you can add cories right away.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:51 PM   #3
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I totally didn't think of that. Do you know if corys would be ok in a pH of 7.6. My water behaved for a few days and led me to believe that my troubles were over, but is now back to its old tricks. That means that the pH will rise from 6.4-7.6, hence the reason that I age my water. I have tried everything, and nothing works to bring it down. I was planning to do the drip acclimation method, but I just don't know if this is an ok pH for them to be in. Thank you very much.
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Old 08-03-2008, 09:06 PM   #4
 
Have you tried Indian almond leaves? They are cheap, and besides dropping the pH a bit, they have a highly beneficial effect on most fish.

7.6 is definitely something most cories can get used to. Much more important than numbers is stability, so letting your water age is a really good idea.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:40 AM   #5
 
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Have you tried Indian almond leaves? They are cheap, and besides dropping the pH a bit, they have a highly beneficial effect on most fish.
Really? I like the sounds of that!! I will most certainly give that a go, where do you stick these "leaves"? Like in the filter?
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:55 AM   #6
 
Anywhere you want. I think they are pretty just in the tank, but the filter may be more effective. Check them out on eBay, but make sure you don't overpay. They are dried leaves, nothing more...;)
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:06 AM   #7
 
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Anywhere you want. I think they are pretty just in the tank, but the filter may be more effective. Check them out on eBay, but make sure you don't overpay. They are dried leaves, nothing more...;)
Ditto. I am able to get as many of these leaves as I want considering I live in Southeast Asia.;) I pile several leaves in my river tanks and weigh them down with stones to prevent them from floating. Loaches seem to like the leaf litter a lot.
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:50 PM   #8
 
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I've seen the leaves on Ebay and was wondering what the grades of A,B & C mean. When buying these leaves for my loaches what grade of leaf do I want?? Is 6$ (3$ for shipping) a good deal for seven leaves?? Or should I keep looking???
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