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Mineralized soil + cories problem

I re did the tank few weeks ago, using mineralized soil and sand on top. After the cycling process I added 6 little cories. But they made a mess I my tank. :S
I took them out asap.
I have only few plants which needs soil to root like HG, and few amazon swords. Rest of them are moss and plants attached to driftwood.

I'm gonna redo the tank tomorrow, and add sand only. I'm sure I want to have cories in my tank but will the HG and swords survive on sand? If needed how often should I add root tabs?

these are the specs: 22g tank, 28w x 2 cfl bulbs, diy co2.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 07:33 AM
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MTS is great and cories like getting down and dirty, just add more sand. They usually will dig about .75 inches down, so I put 2 inches if not more of sand down.


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Stick with the MTS and just add more sand like accordztech said.


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I love cories...well some of them. But they can dig a substrate out in no time. +1 on the above 2 posters. If you took out the MTS you'd have to do root tabs without a doubt.


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If anything, stay with the MTS and ditch the cories. MTS is one of the best things for a planted tank. Just cap it properly.

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You might be able to plant part of it, and screen off the soil by making a rock wall and capping it with rock. Then fill the front of the tank with sand for the Cories.
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