Joined: Nov 01, 2006 Posts: 25 Location: Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:07 pm Post subject: Question about Corys
1 question about the tank setup for corys, or fishes with barbels actually. I have 1 red-tail shark, 2 yoyo loaches, 3 clown-loaches and the recently added 8 small albino corys (each measuring barely a centimeter long - cute little fellas they are ).
My tank substrate is that small-but-not-very-small broken sand (which you can see a bit here in my picasaweb album). I've been reading up on these loaches and corys, and about care for them, and wherever I've read, I seen that they say that the since these charming fellows use the barbels for "smelling" food under the substrate, dig into the substrate with their noses, and eat them. And if the substrate is too hard, it is possible that their barbels can get damaged.
My question - is the substrate in my tank the "hard" barbel-damager type? I do see that these fellows dig in the substrate a lot! Am I "hurting" the poor fellas? If so, what substrate can I change to? We'd recently made a trip to Talekadu near Bangalore to get sand for my friend's planted tank setup. I suppose it is ok if I use that substrate for these fishes!?
Eagerly awaiting your replies. Thanks very much in advance for your advice. :)
Edit : Modified post / question since this has become a new post, thanks to Nayak
Joined: Jun 29, 2004 Posts: 367 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:39 am Post subject: Re: Question about Corys
Sorry, took me a while to locate this thread.
It should be ok... I've never really bothered about the substrate too much as I have places in the tank which have no substrate (just the glass) at the back and also drift wood. So, these guys have a varying surface and I see them mostly on the sand/ glass. nothing special about the sand in my tank, just normal stuff.
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