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Substrate for a planted Corydora tank

Hey I have a few tanks setup right now and want to do a low tech corydora 20 long next week. A few of my tanks are play sand, some are a mix of playsand and Super Naturals Tahitian Moon sand which is a nice sand. Playsand varies in size, a chunk of it is larger grains then the Tahitian Moon stuff, but the TM feels alot softer. Two of my tanks have a mixture of the TM sand and Crystal River which I find fills the tank nicely, but I dont want to use it for the cory's barbels

The tank will have pepper corys, albino, and kuhli loaches ( regular, and black ) and i'm looking for a substrate that fits their needs to digging around safely, and not too dark to make it hard to see the black kuhlis.

I read on here that playsand is actually a bad substrate for planted tanks because it compacts, but If I put root tabs near the plants will it be fine? I want to keep the tank looking natural and due to it being winter, its next to impossible to find white silica pool filter sand to use.

I'd prefer to keep my substrate one kind so it doesn't mix around during the learning process of moving plants if I have to, will playsand or more expensive aquarium sand be fine with liquid ferts and root tabs? I read about Seachem Flourite and alot of people seem to add an inch or so on the bottom then add 1-2" of sand on top would that work for me?
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Substrate doesn't really affect your corys that much. It's more of their overall health and diet that does. However, if you want to make a mix of a planted and cory/kuhli friendly tank, you could always go with planted areas with aquasoil surrounded by rock borders and then have a layer of sand everywhere else. It actually looks very nice if you choose the right sand colors and plants. Also consider doing wood with fern/anubias/moss tied to it for a lusher look but with more sand space for your other critters.

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I see what you mean, that does look awesome and the corys would still swim into the forest, I wish I could do that first tank but its not going to fit in a 20 gallon long heh
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I see what you mean, that does look awesome and the corys would still swim into the forest, I wish I could do that first tank but its not going to fit in a 20 gallon long heh
20L still has a very nice footprint to work with. You can easily adapt.


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