i have a faily new fishtank, been running for maybe 2 months and i have 2 female guppies, 2 corys (1 peppered, and 1 juli) and like 8 guppy fry.... dont ask. its a 10 gallon tank, i have an UGF
, 2 live plants about full grown i think and about 5 plant bulbs i placed in it about 2-3 days ago. i have a big heater mainly cause my room gets real cold and i had a smaller one that couldnt keep up with the temp change. the big one works perfect. i also have a i think its called a hang in the back filter. the tank looks really clean, never cloudy, only time i see particles floating around is when i feed them, and since i just bought the 2 corys... i bought them with the plant bulbs, i havent seen alot of particles on the gravel. i still have yet to vaccum it but i rinsed the hang in he back filter once, and i do a 15% weekly water change. tanks also finished cycling.
well i read that corys dont really like gravel cause there barbs and bellys after i bought them. i also read in the long run UGF
cause a whole mess of problems. so i want to get rid of it however, i really dont want to take apart my whole tank to get the plates out and i think my two full plants might have already rooted through the little holes so i dont want to risk killing them. i also want to mix sand with the gravel to gett a more natural look and make the corys happy. With that being said, instead of taking apart my tank, can i just turn the UGF
off, remover the 2 clear tubes from the corners, and put an airstone somewhere in the tank for Oxygen, and just put sand in with the plates still in the tank. I also read that UGF
are good biological filters, so removing it now can cause problems anyway. So can i just turn it off? or just leave it running and dont get sand.
Also one last question
, my two corys, i dont think they really like each other since they normally dont hang out like i thought the would. I asked the guy at petsmart if 2 different corys would school together, he said yes so i went ahead and got two diferent kinds. Now all they do is swim on oppisite sides of the tank, up and down the glass, unless its feeding time then the stay at the bottem. Is this normal cause they are new or are they slowly dieing. I would just get a bigger tank and get more, but i dont have the space to bet even a 20 gallon. Thank you for your help guys. I like this forum btw, its seems really helpful.