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Old 05-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #11 
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lots of pants for them to munch about and hide./quote]

Sorry, Lil, but some typos are priceless....
Lmao! I died! This is why I should proof read things that I type XD Although it gives for a great laugh afterwards! haha
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:35 PM   #12 
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Thanks! I will tell you all how it goes!
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:33 AM   #13 
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+1 to the sand for the cories.

Your stocking plans seem fine to me, just be sure to test the betta before popping him him. I'd put him in a small heated tub for a few days with some ghost shrimp to see how he'll react to them. Some bettas like to munch on the poor guys.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:46 AM   #14 
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Someone mentioned earlier that you won't have to worry about amano shrimp poop everywhere. Just wanted to warn you so you're prepared...

None of my livestock poops as much as my 4 amanos, not even my otos and pleco. My 20 is constantly littered with little black shrimp poops everywhere, and it's impossible to completely clean them up. They show up like magic right after a WC. I'm really starting to wish I had chosen black sand over white. :)

Not to dissuade you from them. They're great little shrimps, funny and they clean the tank. And the poops are small enough that it won't be a strain on your bioload- they're just unsightly, is all.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:48 PM   #15 
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When I had a 20 gallon tropical community tank, I had gravel, and my cories didnt get injured at all.
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When I had a 20 gallon tropical community tank, I had gravel, and my cories didnt get injured at all.
Not saying your a lair or anything, but did you inspect them frequently? Sorry, I just want to make sure.

Yes they can have smoother gravel but even then it's not the best for them. Same as a human can walk over sharp rocks and might not get cut by them but surely walking over sand feels a lot better, you know?
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I think I am still going to change to sand--better early than late! I will make sure it is black so the little shrimpy poops don't show!
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:13 PM   #18 
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Coolio!

There's a few different options for sand as well.

You can go to Petsmart and get a 20 pound back of Black Tahitian Moon Sand (my personal fave) for about 20 bucks but it's much easier to clean IMHO.

Or, you can go to Tractor Supply or something similar to get Black Diamond Blasting Sand. It's pretty cheap for a 50 lb bag but you need to wash it really, really well.

So two pro's and con's there, price vs. washing. But they both look great, so it's up to you which one ^^
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:37 PM   #19 
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I was thinking this sand.

http://www.petco.com/product/115883/...avelSubstrates

I saw it in the store when I bought my gravel (now I wish I had just bought the sand--I had been considering it) and it looked good.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:09 PM   #20 
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I read the reviews and looked up some other info about it and all reviews are looking good! So if that's what you want, go right for it!!

I assume you've already opened and used the gravel? Otherwise I was going to suggest returning it lol
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