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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2002, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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My new flourite gravel seems very rough and angular. I would like to have cory cats in this new tank, when all is settled down. I read that cories require small smooth gravel so as to avoid damaging their sensitive barbels. I could add a layer of smaller, smoother gravel, but I fear that with planting changes, it would all just get mixed up anyhow.
Am I just out of luck having already installed and planted this?
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I argued that flourite was too sharp for cories on another board and a half dozen people responded that their cories are doing fine with their flourite substrate. Yet, the cories in my regular gravel tank are doing fantastic, with long barbels, while the cories in my flourite-substrate tank wear their barbels down to nibs within a few months and die within 10-12 months. Perhaps to some people, keeping a fish for a year is considered "doing fine" but not to me. Keep cories with smaller gravel or sand. It's not worth the risk.

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Having just planted this yeaterday, I can either add a bit more flourite, since it is a bit shallow, or go get some fine gravel.

Do you have gravel over flourite? How deep?
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The 55g tank has 30 lbs flourite mixed with 20 lbs of regular gravel. It's still too sharp. If you layer it, it might be ok. The Cories do burrow a lot, though, so make sure the top layer is at least an inch thick.

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That is one thing I realized about flourite when I was adding it to my tank, it is pretty sharp...! It even has some larger pieces in it too!

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Gulfcoast,

I thought you had 100% flourite? Did you change your tank or is this a different tank your talking about?

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No, my 55g tank is mixed Flourite and regular gravel. I couldn't find Flourite locally and wanted a deeper bed so just went with regular gravel. I want an even deeper substrate now, and PetsMart has Flourite, so I might be adding some more soon.

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