11-18-2012, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluewind
Speaking of sand, I was told it was messy, hard to clean, and clogs up your filter. Is that true? Would the fine gravel be a little easier on him?
I know they are carnivours, but so are cats and they require a certain amount of plant matter to stay healthy. I imagine fish are the same way. Posted via Mobile Device
Corys were mentioned so I would definitely do sand, not gravel. This does not mean corys can't manage over fine non-sharp gravel, they can; but they prefer sand as they all occur in streams with sand and they like to sift it through their gills, and it is always best to provide fish with a natural substrate/aquascape as they will be less stressed and thus healthier.
I have sand in 5 of 7 tanks and have no issues. I use inexpensive Quikrete Play Sand which in appearance is identical to the sand in many Amazonian streams.
On the food issue, all fish should receive some vegetable based foods as this helps to maintain a functioning digestive tract. Most prepared foods that are "veggie" based also include shrimp or fish meal so the fish will readily consume it.