Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Hawthorn Woods IL
Black Diamond over dirt is what I use. My guys travel in a pack, sifting through the sand lookin for tid bits of food. As others have pointed out, good water conditions is no. 1 though.
I also am of the opinion that stress and poor diet will lead to many issues including degredation of barbels. They need to be in groups and be given a good varied diet. They are not to be treated as garbage cleaners.