Best Plants for Sand and Corydoras?
Hey everyone. I hope you are all doing well and your tank problems are nonexistent.
I had to scrap my old tank because we moved to a temporary residence until we get our house. Haven't posted on here in months. Wanted to thank Byron for all the advice. New tank will be Corydoras with a sand substrate.
Read a lot on here about play sand being an excellent choice and inexpensive. I was just wondering what plants to use that will survive the fish because Corydoras dig for food.
I won't be individually planting strands of Micro Swords with tweezers again and adding Corys, for example.
Tank set up is easy enough due to size but won't happen for a few weeks so I figured I'd get a head start.
10g, sponge filter, probably 2" or so of play sand, maybe 5 corydoras, no species yet.
Will use - 6700K 15Watt bulb - prob 10 hours per day depending on plants.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
BTW, Byron - if you read this - I had 5 Amazon swords in my old tank, 1 each Rotala Indica & Magenta, 1 Baby Tears or Pearl Grass (Hemianths Micranthemoides), and 2 Micro Swords and some Water Sprite I think was the floater. After the second fish died, I was a bit bummed and didn't get any more. Just changed the water once every three weeks or so. I even stopped adding fertilizer. For like a year.
I think you did an "experimental" type of tank with only daylight and no filter, if I remember correctly. But you had fish and used good fertilizer.
The Ramshorn snails stayed at a consistent amount (about 5-10) and the plants were fine. I'm talking no filter, no fertilizer, no fish. Only 10 hours of light from the above-mentioned bulb and snails for food.
The Micro Swords sent out runners to each other and formed one huge net under the gravel and a killer vibrant green color. The Amazon Swords were way too big for the tank so i had to trim them, but they are tough and the big sweeping leaves were really cool. The Water Sprite grew like a weed and I had to trim that once every week and a half or two weeks. The Indica and Magenta grew sideways and wrapped themselves around the big Swords and my driftwood, as well as the Water Sprite.
It was a little messy, but kinda cooler for the effect, y'know? Well. Your advice helped me through a ton of stuff and now has given me no fear when it comes to planted tanks. Thank you.
I have a pool filter sand substrate and corys and I've had no problems with various stem plants (once they get a good root system.. you may need to weigh them down somehow first. I also had vals with corys and although the vals didn't work out, it had nothing to do with the sand or corys. My corys love to lay on and under my anubias nana as well. I also had crypts and swords when I had corys without issue, just remember to use root tabs for the swords (possibly the crypts too). I've also covered rocks with java moss and the corys haven't bothered the moss either. Most things work with Corys, just avoid the very small foreground plants or baby them til they get a good root system.
Anything will work with cory's, but yes I'd avoid micro swords or dwarf hairgrass or anything like that. If you look at them wrong they'll uproot and float to the surface.
I would choose playsand over pool filter sand. Unless you can find black pool filter sand. The only kind I have seen is white, and that's really bright for the fish.
For a small tank like that, I'd look at a stem plant maybe (they usually grow fast so trimmings), small crypts, and Pygmy Chain Swords. You can also use Anubias and Java Fern on decorations. Driftwood is nice to provide caves/cover for the cory's.
You mentioned only changing water once every 3 weeks... you'll want to do every week, I would do 1/3 to 1/2 weekly. I know Byron does 1/2 weekly on every one of his tanks. There are other pollutants than just Nitrate that build up in tanks over time.
I agree with jennesque and geomancer. I've never had instances of corys (and I have over 30 in my 115g) digging up pygmy chain sword, crypts, pennywort.
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