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lnkrishnan
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:07 pm Post subject: Question about Corys Reply with quote

 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  Smile).
 
 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.  :)
 
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 Edit  :  Modified  post  /  question  since  this  has  become  a  new  post,  thanks  to  Nayak  Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:04 am Post subject: Re: Question about Corys Reply with quote

 Hi  Inkrishnan,
 
 Not  me.  I  just  suggested  it.  Smile  
 
 I  think  one  of  the  Mods/Admins  might  have  helped  you.
 
 Another  thing,  Make  sure  your  substrate  grain  size  is  2-3mm.  Not  less  or  it  will  compact  nor  more.
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:39 am Post subject: Re: Question about Corys Reply with quote

 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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