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Best for cories and then plants ?

Hi, what is a good combo, cheap substate for cories first and then plants. Im starting a low light 20 H gallon tank and will have sterbi cories + easy plants java moss anubias, easy stems, small driftwood. Safe-T sorb I hear is great for plants but would the cories find there food OK?
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These RREA red albinos will not be in this tank sold them, but in the future there sons and daughter will be! I have ATFG stock of red albinos, very beautiful also.

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Hi, what is a good combo, cheap substate for cories first and then plants. Im starting a low light 20 H gallon tank and will have sterbi cories + easy plants java moss anubias, easy stems, small driftwood. Safe-T sorb I hear is great for plants but would the cories find there food OK?

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Hi, what is a good combo, cheap substate for cories first and then plants. Im starting a low light 20 H gallon tank and will have sterbi cories + easy plants java moss anubias, easy stems, small driftwood. Safe-T sorb I hear is great for plants but would the cories find there food OK?
Hello vinnie...

I've used the standard "pea sized" gravel in my Corydoras tanks for several years and it works well. You don't have to worry about sharp or rough pieces of gravel. It's all polished and won't hurt the Corys' barbels.

I keep my tank lighting low to subdued and I think the Corys prefer a little lower light. You're limited on the plants, but Anubias nana or nangi are nice. I also keep Java fern attached to driftwood and lava rock and float Anacharis and Pennywort.

A word of advice, don't keep even small species of Corys in less than a 20 gallon tank. Larger is better. These fish are natural foragers and need a lot of room to swim. The smallest tank I have for them is 45 gallons.

Keep the water pure. I change out half the water in my Cory tanks every week. This alone, will guarantee stable water properties and the Corys thrive in the pure water conditions.

Feeding is pretty easy. Just a little frozen a couple of times a week and the small bits of algae they nibble from the leaves of the Anubias.

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Playsand is what I use and have had my swords flower with simple jobes fert sticks. Just add some malaysian trumpet snails and your set to go

My corys have great barbels and have no problems at all sifting it through their gills. Also works great for my sand sifting black kulhi loaches
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