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brownmane 02-22-2011 10:06 PM

feeding setup for cories
 
I will be adding 5 panda cories to a 20g planted tank with 1 betta and 7 lemon tetras. The only substrate that I can find at my LFS is gravel slightly bigger than pea gravel...the stones are smooth. Currently my cories are in an established 10g, until the 20 is established, and I have just made space on the tank bottom that has no substrate where I put their food.

The gravel is too big for the cories to dig and move it. I have wondered if I should just keep an area free of gravel and feed them there, or if I should put in a small plastic dish/saucer that the food can be put onto. Does anyone have a suggestion for how best to set up the 20g so that they can eat from the bottom?

1077 02-23-2011 12:24 AM

[quote=brownmane;599059]I will be adding 5 panda cories to a 20g planted tank with 1 betta and 7 lemon tetras. The only substrate that I can find at my LFS is gravel slightly bigger than pea gravel...the stones are smooth. Currently my cories are in an established 10g, until the 20 is established, and I have just made space on the tank bottom that has no substrate where I put their food.

The gravel is too big for the cories to dig and move it. I have wondered if I should just keep an area free of gravel and feed them there, or if I should put in a small plastic dish/saucer that the food can be put onto. Does anyone have a suggestion for how best to set up the 20g so that they can eat from the bottom?[/quot


Best set up for cory's would be sand substrate, Regular play sand that has been rinsed several times is cheap and works well. You can buy 50 lbs for around five bucks and for twenty gallon,, you will need about thirty pounds.

brownmane 02-23-2011 12:23 PM

Best set up for cory's would be sand substrate, Regular play sand that has been rinsed several times is cheap and works well. You can buy 50 lbs for around five bucks and for twenty gallon,, you will need about thirty pounds.[/quote]

I have never used sand. How do you rinse it? With what? How would I clean the sand when doing regular tank maintenance?

1077 02-25-2011 01:31 AM

You will need a couple rubbermaid tubs that are relatively cheap. In one tub,you would pour some sand into the tub and add water from hose while swishing the sand around. Dump the water out and repeat several times(four or five) until water runs clear. Then place the clean sand in the other tub for use in the aquarium and pour some more into the first tub and repeat the process until all the sand has been washed. The more you rinse the sand,,the less cloudy your water will be when you place it in the aquarium.
Sand keeps the fish poop and excess debri on top, rather than this poop and debri settling down in the gravel and is easy to clean with gravel vaccum by hovering with the syphon just over the top of the sand as opposed to pushing syphon down into the gravel to remove the waste/debri.
After you vaccum the sand, you can take a plastic fork or your fingers and gently sift through the sand to help prevent any dead spots from forming under the sand but if you keep sand no deeper than two inches,,then this is largely unnecessary.Just don't sift the sand until AFTER you vaccum that on top or you will bury that which you are trying to remove.
Is good idea to turn filter(s) off while vaccuming lest sand find it's way into the impeller assembly of filter and cause problems.always remember however to tturn the filter back on after vaccuming the sand.
hope this helps.


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