Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-01-2012, 04:43 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: California
Posts: 13
Eco-complete is angular; what bottom dweller to choose?

Hi, I am setting up my 10 gal again after a dry spell. I purchased Eco-complete RED with live cultures etc and I have planted a C. Wendtii and an anubis plant as well as buying come bulbs for cultivating. I wanted to find a good substrate for plants and tried Eco-complete instead if my usual laterite/gravel combo.

I have 1 betta in residence in this tank, which is a tall halfmoon tank.

Now that I have put in the Eco and set up the tank, I now realize that the substrate may be too angular for cory catfish which I had been planning on adding once the tank is good to go.

I am looking for advice on bottom dwellers that will be compatible with the betta and not suffer from the angular substrate. I would like to get cherry shrimp but i am afraid that the betta will eat them.
__________________

__________________
MarioMarimo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 09:58 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,706
Cories are fine with EC.
__________________

__________________
I support the right to arm bears.
blert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 02:47 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: California
Posts: 13
But I thought that corys have to have a smooth substrate with rounded gravel or sand so that their barbels dont get chewed up?
__________________
MarioMarimo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2012, 02:51 PM   #4
come get me tang police!
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 12,047
Ecocomplete isn't sharp, I keep them on it also.
__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 05:05 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Coursair's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Francisco East Bay Area CA
Posts: 7,910
The main reason Cories lose barbels is infections from dirty substrate/poor conditions/bad water AFAIK.

Most Bettas will kill and eat Cherry Shrimp. Mine certainly did. Some quirky Bettas may live with RCS. But don't count on it. I had a Betta target and kill my baby Panda Cories

I've also had Community Bettas in 20g with other fish just fine. YMMV
__________________
My 10g Shrimp Jungle My 10g Rimless My 5.5g CRS Tank They are a work in progress
Vid of my Shrimp Jungle
~ Tina
Coursair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2012, 11:32 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
aqua_chem's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 6,936
Sharp substrates are often blamed for bad tank hygiene. No one will admit that their cories' barbells got infected because they were only vacuuming once a month and were over stocked.
__________________
Algae creates 75% of the world's oxygen, so really we're all just doing our parts...
aqua_chem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2012, 10:22 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: California
Posts: 13
Ok. Thanks for the advice everybody. I am thinking that Eco complete has a wide variety that it comes in because i see other posters pics who say that they have eco complete and it is much more rounded than mine.

My eco complete (red) is definitely rough rock, and not very rounded. It is volcanic scoria, and I should know as I am a geologist. My plants seem to like it though.

I am glad to hear that I might be able to get corys though. My betta is pretty mellow (I think). I hope to get some panda cory catfish once my tank is cycled.
__________________

__________________
MarioMarimo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
betta fish, bottom, bottom feeder, eco-complete, substrate

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How many is too many and does it man anything? Convict2161 Nano Reefs 28 04-06-2012 08:25 PM
Fish TB, what to do? Alyxx Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 17 04-03-2012 06:57 PM
Help puffer is ill Caroline79 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 11 04-01-2012 09:01 PM
Trying to upload pics on iPad Trena Forum Admin & Announcements 4 04-01-2012 11:27 AM
What's going here? Convict2161 Cichlid Discussion 4 04-01-2012 02:20 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.