Originally Posted by DormDrax
I give up...
Tomorrow I'll return the fish and keep Drax in the vase...
Take the tank apart and give it a sand substrate.
It's a 10gal tank thats about... oh foot tall... maybe 14inchs... ish...
How MUCH sand like... bags... what kind... how deep... etc... >.>; how do I add water without creating a giant tank of mudd...
and... could I get the cories at this time and just keep them in a smaller container for the few hours this will take? (I hate going back and forth to the store) and... what are those sinking pellets they'll like called?
I believe the standard is about 1 pound per gallon, so (like I did) get about 10 pounds (the bag I bought was 20 pounds, so I used half of it and have leftovers). There are several types of sand you can get (google it) and you'll want to clean the sand thoroughly before you add it to the tank (I'd recommend removing the betta before the sand is added, as it will make the tank quite cloudy at first. Also, you'll want to turn the filter off as the sand will clog the impeller). Adding water won't create a tank of mud. The sand will get stirred up and the tank may be a little cloudy right after a water change but it will clear up shortly. Again, it is wise to turn off the filter when doing a water change in a tank with sand as it will clog the filter impeller.
I understand this post is somewhat vague, but just search about adding sand to an aquarium and you should find the info you need. And, of course, feel free to inquire further if the googled information seems confusing. I was very confused at first when researching sand.
The food I use for my cories is Omega One Sinking Shrimp Pellets.
And like someone else said, normal sized cories might be too big for a 10 gallon tank. If you can find them locally, I'd recommend some sort of dwarf cory and get about 5 or 6 of them (I have 6).
(As an aside, I bought white SuperNaturals sand from PetSmart. It is more expensive than other types of sand, but I really liked the look of it.)