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Talking substrate for cory cats?

i'm working on the plans for a 29 gallon sorority and along with the betta girls, i want corys. what is the best substrate for these cute catfish? :3

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i'm working on the plans for a 29 gallon sorority and along with the betta girls, i want corys. what is the best substrate for these cute catfish? :3
Sand, they can damage themselves on gravel as the root through it.
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are river rocks a bad idea? i like the look of them

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As long as your substrate is smooth they should be ok.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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great ^-^ thank you!

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Get a group of at least 5 or 6 of the same type. They are shoaling fish and do best with buddies. I have 10 in my 75 gallon and love to watch the army come out at feeding time :)

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Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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They do best with sand. My concern with the river rock is it may be hard for them to get to their food if it falls between the rocks. I used to have cories in one of my tanks with a smooth gravel but their barbels still wore down. Now I have mine on sand and they are doing great.

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i think i'll do sand or fine gravel then. probably sand, but i have a question about sand- i read somewhere that it can store toxins that can release and kill everything in their path. do i need to stir sand on a regular basis? or would my corys take care of that?


i am thinking panda or pepper or the albino corys. i think steurbai are gorgeous but they get big, and i'd worry they'd get cramped up in my 18x12x30 tank

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I kept a cory with two bettas and both bettas died. the corys omit too much ammonia for fighters to handle. If this is incorrect and anyone has any ideas why they died let me know but when i took one away from the cory it got better.
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people on here have successfully kept them together i think.

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