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Old 02-15-2014, 11:34 AM   #11 
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Cories are great pals

I have an adorable Julli Cory Cat, Watson, in with my female betta and they are great buddies.
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They sound wonderful. I wouldn't mind the peppered cories. But do they require sand as the gravel might be too rough on their bodies??
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Wow this is really helpful, does anyone have any pics of theirs?
I have a darling Julli Cory Cat - Watson, who is a perfect companion for my young female betta.
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They sound wonderful. I wouldn't mind the peppered cories. But do they require sand as the gravel might be too rough on their bodies??
I have gravel and it doesn't seem to be a problem.
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BTW - I just realized I've been spelling it wrong. It should be Julii. LOL
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You want to make sure if you do have gravel, it is a smooth gravel (no rough edges). Generally most generic aquarium gravels are smooth, but I would double check just in case. When rinsing new gravel, I always stick my hand in the pile to make sure there are no sharp/rough rocks in there.

Gravel can be a bit of a pain however, as I find I'm gravel vacuuming at LEAST once a week, sometimes twice to get all the stuff out of the gravel. My corydoras get sinking wafers at the end of the day (giving them the rest of the day to clean up any left overs from the tetras). As the sinking wafer softens, it falls in between the gravel where the corys cannot reach it. Then I end up having to gravel vacuum it up.

I'm looking into switching to sand for the sake of easier clean up - the corys love rooting around in sand and can reach all the crumbs of food. I'm told you just need to rake the sand about once a week to make sure it gets rotated so that no bacteria builds up on the bottom.
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Thanks. My gravel is smooth.
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Old 02-16-2014, 01:44 AM   #18 
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I have fluorite substrate, which can be a little rough in some sections, with my habrosus cories and they're fine with that. I find the idea of cories needing sand or smooth gravel to be overblown to be frank (what matters most is the water quality on their barbels, not the substrate), but you'll hear different people with different theories on this. The smooth gravel you have will be perfectly fine.
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I got a Cat today, he is very very very nocturnal. He's a bumblebee catfish.

I also got a Chinese algae eatter, they are like ninjas in my tank, I can never find them.

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That's a south american bumblebee catfish. You want to be careful with it depending on what's in your tank. They have big mouths and can swallow small fish. They are nocturnal by nature but will come out during the day if they come to associate daytime with food.
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