10-03-2009, 12:16 PM
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I would recommend the Peace River gravel; it is the best size for plants, and the corys will have no problem. I have gravel comparable to this in all my tanks, and have for 15 years. In a 10g I would personally not use enriched substrate material (eco-comlete) under the gravel. Root tabs/sticks if needed (depends upon the species of plants) are fine. And I agree with 1077 not to put sand over any other material and for the same reasons he cites. Two inches of gravel like the Peace River will work, slightly sloped from front to back or terraced, so it is shallower in front (1 inch is fine) and deeper (2.5-3 inches) where the plants will likely be planted.
As for the lead strips, I definitely would not use them. Plants often come with lead strips around them from the store, I always remove the strips (or rubber bands if they are used). If you have sufficient gravel the plants will root; corys will not dig up plants unless there is insufficient substrate to hold them. If you intend to get a new tank within a month, I would wait and do all this then; use the gravel, move the plants, then the fish. How many plants have you (may have been mentioned earlier, can't remember)? If there are several and they are growing, they will cycle the new tank immediatly.
Last edited by Byron; 10-03-2009 at 12:18 PM..