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Old 02-07-2012, 12:14 AM   #21 
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I think Im going to stick with the cories and the bettas and no loaches. Could I get like 6 albino cories and 6 pepper cories and seven betta for a 20 gallon?
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:11 PM   #22 
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Yeppers. Make sure the 20 gallon has a nice big footprint, though, because that is crowding the bottom level a little bit.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:34 PM   #23 
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Okay so I am changing my mind again. After youtubing Kuhli Loach I totally want some of those. I understand why You are getting some they are so adorable :)

So back to my plan

-7 bettas
-6 cories
-7 loaches

what do you mean by footprint?

Also with these type of bottom feeders do I need sand or is there certain gravel I can use. I was planting on getting live plants and I heard that it is hard to keep live plants with sand. Is this true or can I have plants with sand?
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:42 PM   #24 
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10 :d
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:07 PM   #25 
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Your new stocking plan is great too - I'd even up it to 10 kuhlis since they don't have a big bioload.

Sand is definitely better because kuhlis prefer to burrow into the substrate. It is ok for live plants if you keep the sand aerated until you get enough root activity to do it for you. Malaysian Trumpet Snails help there. :) Alternatively, you can try a soil-based Natural Planted Tank.

The footprint is the space on the bottom of the tank. For instance, my 5 gallon has a footprint of 17x6 inches, and my 16 gallon has a very small footprint for it's size of 14.5x14.5 inches.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:14 PM   #26 
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Okay so like the depth of the sand you mean make it pretty deep?
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:57 PM   #27 
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I'd do it shallow-ish at the front, maybe an inch deep, and slope it up to maybe 2, 2.5 inches at the back.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:11 AM   #28 
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Okay cool and I was thinking of doing these plants

-water sprite
-bacopa sp
-java fern

what do you think? I want it to look very jungle like
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:18 AM   #29 
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Oh also if I get the malaysian trumpet snail how many because I dont want them reproducing to become a problem. Do they sell these in petstores or do I have to purchase somewhere else?
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:26 AM   #30 
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For any live plants you need a proper light as well. A T8 at 6500K is good enough. It actually makes the difference. If you don't want to buy a new light, I would do low light plants like java fern, anubias, etc.

Though if you do go higher light, your choices are far greater, sure you can have some high light plants in low light, but with some plants, like ludwigia, the leaves will darken and get a redish color, if you have the right light.

Here is a picture of my tank, it is actually a sorority also. 15 gallon long btw, you can also see some of the dirt. If you do decide to do dirt PM OFL and talk to her, I messed up on mine a bit but it still worked out.
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