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Flora pride and Cories?

I have found a good deal on this stuff, I currently have Black tahitian moon. I am currently cycled since January+. I was thinking of sucking out all the Tahitian moon, ploping the Flora pride down, then dumping the Tahitian moon on top of it. Do you wash Flora pride? I have plenty of Sand (25 pounds) for a 29 gallon. I moving what sand doesn't fit into another tank. Any tips? Does anyone have florapride? Am I better just getting[SIZE=2] API First LayerŽ Pure Laterite? Will cories be okay with the sand cap, Does this stuff sink or move? I am only hesitant because I love my cories too.
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Eventually sand will settle.


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That's what I was thinking. What's your thought on osmocote capsules in the sand?
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IS there any plant substrate I could use with cories? I am thinking of just getting the osmocote capsules. Also if i did decide to do a planted substrate and cap with the sand I already have, will I have to recycle my tank? Also, could I wash the substrate in a bucket to get out some of the stuff that could cause spikes in my tank?

My main problem is my sword plants are looking a little yuck.
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Regardless of the substrate you use (unless it's MTS/potting soil), sand is going to settle to the bottom.

Just about anything can be used with Cories. Everything from crushed lava rock to blasting grit.

When using Osmocote Plus (not Osmocote), you'll want to be wary of what seeps into the water column. Start off small with just a couple caps at a time.

Replacing all of your substrate could cause a mini cycle, yes.

Why not just add root tabs to the substrate you've already got? Place them beneath the plants that are in need.


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Don't worry about the cories. They do seem to prefer a soft, sandy substrate, but will work fine in everything. I have had them in tanks with lots of different substrates and they are always fine. I have never seen evidence of damage to the barbels or difficulty eating. I think the sand-only for cories myth is perpetuated by people repeating what they've heard with no first-hand experience. As long as you don't use broken glass or razorblades for substrate they'll be fine.

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Any suggestions for which root tabs? I have seen first hand cories with no barbels on rocky terrain. Poor things, not a bit of whisker on them! Did you hear that Osmocote plus is begin discontinued is that true? I was thinking more along the lines of sucking out my current sand, placing the flourite black sand under it and plopping the still wet sand back on top. I think I might just stick with the root tabs.
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For the most part, it seems that Cories lose their barbels when in poor/less than clean environments. Water quality plays a huge role in barbel health. Hundreds of people here on the forum keep them in rocky terrain and with sharp substrates.

As for root tabs... any that you prefer. Seachem, hydrophyte's tabs, Osmocote Plus, homemade tabs made from clay and dry ferts. It's up to you and your budget. But my vote is for making your own clay tabs or using a pre-made option that doesn't involve Osmocote (tough for beginners sometimes because it doesn't dissolve and gets messy).


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I think I'll pick up some home made. Of course I am one of those few people that like making a big mess. My hubby wasn't looking for ward to it. Oh well.
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The beauty of the mess with clay (which you can get at just about any craft store - all natural clay with no additives or plastics) is that it sames you a mountain of cash.

Make about a thousand little clay fert balls in a sitting and have enough to last for ages.


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I thought they were discontinuing osmcote plus?
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They already have, Look under the Q&A in the link. http://www.scotts.com/smg/goprod/osm...od/prod140020/

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If you decide to go with Osmocote Plus, a single container would probably last you longer than you'll have your tank.


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I hope so....I did just take some plants to the LFS. I forgot to get credit for them. O well, the owner happened to be in there and I reached in a tank to turn a plant to read the ID. He immediately sent some one over to help me. She got there, and I was already done. So she stood there, asking if I needed help. I will have to remember to get a slip for the plants next time.
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