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Old 02-07-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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Thinking about dirting a 20Gallon - Cory Substrate?


Hello all,

Thinking I will be turning my bedroom 20 gallon tank into a "dirt" tank, which will be my first foray into such a setup. I have a Coralife T5NO strip available to use on this tank, and do not plan on dosing CO2.

Before I figure out for sure what my lighting and tech situation will be, is there a capping material that is generally accepted as "safe" for cories (or, on the other hand, ones that should be avoided)? I know opinions vary on if substrate actually matters too much for their health, so maybe some advice on thecommonly used ones for cories that I should AVOID (such as, if my current Playsand substrate is a bad idea as it will "choke" the dirt) would be useful as well.

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:29 AM   #2
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Sand is the best substrate for cory's.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:29 AM   #3
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You are right, playsand compacts too much, but most other types of sand are good, just ask us what kind you are looking into and you will be told if it is a good cap for dirt. You don't need sand, but cories heavily prefer it even though bigger rougher substrates don't hurt them(that myth is pretty much busted). Pool filter sand and black diamond sand both work well for a dirt cap.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:46 AM   #4
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You are right, playsand compacts too much, but most other types of sand are good, just ask us what kind you are looking into and you will be told if it is a good cap for dirt. You don't need sand, but cories heavily prefer it even though bigger rougher substrates don't hurt them(that myth is pretty much busted). Pool filter sand and black diamond sand both work well for a dirt cap.
+1 for black diamond. They love the stuff.

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:44 PM   #5
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In my experience, the cleanliness of the substrate is much more important than the exact type of substrate. A small injury to their barbels can get infected if they are living in a dirty environment.
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Can someone post pics of cories with damaged barbels?

This question is specifically directed at those in this forum who keep saying substrate damages cories' barbels.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:48 PM   #7
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Black Diamond! Barbel damage = poor tank maintenance
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:42 PM   #8
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Great, thanks!
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I just set up a dirted 40b with pool filter sand. What I've noticed is that they are more active than when I had Eco complete. They have their snouts digging in the sand, it's comical. Also they help keep the sand clean by stirring it up and letting my filters pick up the stuff that gets kicked up.
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Default Thinking about dirting a 20Gallon - Cory Substrate?

I'm pretty sure I'm using 16/30 grade pool filter sand if that makes sense, I'm at work at the moment but ill post up a pick of the bag when I get home but here a close up that I had on my phone of it

It's quite a large grain but they absolutely love it and regularly bury they faces up to there eyes while scavenging around

Edit: forgot to mention that he is an inch nose to tail tip for size reference
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Default Thinking about dirting a 20Gallon - Cory Substrate?

Ok thanks for the continued input!
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How do you clean the sand? Just by disturbing it and letting the filter take care of the rest? But if your using it as a cap you can't do that? Then how or do you just let it be? This is why I've never tried sand or dirt. I actually have mts ready to go but never used it out of fear.
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With MTS i never have to vacuum my sand in my current tank.
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