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Old 09-02-2014, 02:13 PM   #1
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Starting over with Cories

Hi all. We just moved several states and I had to break down my 55 gallon tank completely. Gave away the fish and trashed the plants (no one was interested in them). So once my furniture arrives in a week or so I'll start over.

In my previous set- up, I didn't really have a focus. This time, I'd like to build my new set-up around Cory Catfish of some kind.

I do know to use a dark sand substrate. Once I switched from blue gravel and plastic plants to Eco-Complete and live plants, my fish were thrilled! So I'll do that again unless anyone suggests otherwise.

As far as tank mates, I've had neon tetras, swordtails, and platys as well as angels - which grew up and got aggressive. I also had a pearl gourami, which I liked.

What would be your suggestions as to tank mates? Also, what order should I stock my tank (once the fish less cycle is done)? I am thinking a large school of Cories so they'll be happy.


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What is the water pH and GH like at your new place?
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You might consider pool filter sand instead of eco-complete. It would be a lot cheaper but it is light in color. Also an option is Black Beauty sand blasting sand, they sell it at Tractor Supply Co. I have 7 varieties of cories and I just love the little buggers!
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What is the water pH and GH like at your new place?

I don't know yet. My testing kit got packed with my aquarium and nothing will be here until Tuesday. In the meantime, while the kids are in school I am checking out all the great aquarium supply stores within driving distance!

I'll post the parameters once I can check them.

Thank you!
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You might consider pool filter sand instead of eco-complete. It would be a lot cheaper but it is light in color. Also an option is Black Beauty sand blasting sand, they sell it at Tractor Supply Co. I have 7 varieties of cories and I just love the little buggers!

I had no idea blasting sand was available in anything but off-white. How do your plants do in it?
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I didn't use it but my friend did. You need root tabs and fertilizers with any sand but his plants did fine.

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