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aqua_SD 07-27-2008 03:07 PM

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.

Fat_Fender_40 07-27-2008 06:04 PM

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.

okiemavis 07-27-2008 06:41 PM

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.

aqua_SD 07-27-2008 09:49 PM

Thanks a bunch for the advice. I'm new to aquarium keeping so I may have a lot of questions.

okiemavis 07-28-2008 04:14 PM

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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