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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Flourite and Cory's

I read many articles on the net regarding the damage flourite can afflict on the soft bellies and barbs of corys. Is this typical? Has anyone else had a problem with this substrate and their fish? I'm concerned because I have 5 Sterbais that I invested alot of money in.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 07:04 PM
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For several years I had a 50% mix of Flourite and typical fish-store gravel, and my Corys never had any damage to their barbs or fins that I noticed. It isn't quite as "soft" as more sandy-gravels like Eco-Complete and the like, however. Then again, it wasn't 100% Flourite either.
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cool, i was thinking about layering the top with something finer, but i already have3 inches of fluorite. I also heard that its bad to add new substrate to old ones (mines 3 weeks old, not sure if thats too old). Anyone else had experience with fluorite (or any substrate considered sharp) and bottom feeders?
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I've never heard anything bad about adding new substrate to existing substrate. Adding some finer gravel or something is one idea, but over time it's just going to become mixed anyway. I would just try it out as you have it and keep an eye on your Corys and other soft-bellies. If you notice any problems, then you can act to correct them. That's what I would do.
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thats a good idea. sucks i was planning on purchasing 3 more of these guys. I guess 1 month and a half should be enough time for observation before I invest more on these little buggers
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I worried about flourite and myloaches, but after a couple years I've not had any issues, there barbels and bellies look fine. I am however moving them to a sand tank shortly.
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i have had problems with the barbs getting worn down on my panda cories but only them.i also had pigmy cories but those do fine.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2007, 02:07 PM
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Uh oh.... I have two corries and one of them has been very shy/inactive for the past few months. Lately I haven't seen him at all.... Glad I read this post, will check on him ASAP (the other one is a more active swimmer so he's not always on the fluorite).
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