Could you please place a pic of the gravel?
As long as the gravel is smooth and rounded, corys should be ok. I'd add around 8-10. You could also mix in bronze corys as they are the same species as the albino.
However, I would add at least 3 more red eye tetras first to complete your school.
Not sure if you can tell but here it is. Also shouldn't I wait u til my tank is cycled to add more or are you guys saying add these before my tank is done cycling?
Isnt sand a pain when filtering the bottom or cleaning? Man its like a lose lose. Unless I did smooth bebbles?Yes, definitely wait to add fish after you're cycled.
It's easy swapping to sand if you want bottom dwellers. I just took out all decor/plants and placed them in a bucket. You can remove the fish and place them in a separate bucket as well but I left mine in the tank and kept 1/4 of the water in. Took a dustpan and removed my old substrate and then added my new one after rinsing it.
Okay you've been a great help. Thank you! I think once the take is cycled I will swap it. It won't mess up and levels in the tank?You mean vacuuming? Not at all. IMO, it's easier to clean than gravel since all the debris/detritus sits right on top. You take your siphon and swirl it a couple of inches above the sand and everything gets sucked right up. No need to push the siphon into the sand.
Cories and other bottom dwellers like loaches are much happier on sand.
Okay perfect. Probably better now than later.Most of the bacteria resides in your filter media. There may be a little in your substrate but not enough to cause you to lose your cycle.
I can put it on top of my current gravel?? That would be awesomeI would place about a centimeter of sand on top, since that would be the easiest to do. That would also be the easiest to clean. And yes wait till the tank is cycled to add more fish.
I can put it on top of my current gravel?? That would be awesome
That's what I was thinking but I wanted to hear from others tooI'm a newbie, so don't take anything I say too seriously. I read that if you have smaller substrate (like sand) and larger (gravel) then the small will fall through the cracks of the larger and generally end up on the bottom. So it might be a pain to have both mixed together. But just a guess. Would def defer to others here.
Perfect, thank you for your advice!Personally I don't think topping gravel with sand is a good idea. The original gravel will come up again.
I would swap it completely if you want something different.
I am not a know-it-all so it is up to you.
Only noticed issues with this kind of gravel in which food can get out of reach quite quick. It isn't quite smooth as well to me.
You know ive been to a few different shops and for some reason they all kind of look different. Maybe its just my lack of experience. I also only have three. Ive read there has to be at least 6 because they school so that will be my next purchase. They are fun to watch and are pretty active.BTW I love those Red Eye Tetras.
They will be in my next stocking !
Yeah definitely get more !!You know ive been to a few different shops and for some reason they all kind of look different. Maybe its just my lack of experience. I also only have three. Ive read there has to be at least 6 because they school so that will be my next purchase. They are fun to watch and are pretty active.
I also have an aggressive one who picks at the others. Kinda of a bully......
It is the biggest one too. Once I check my levels again and they are good to go, I will get more. But I really want those albino coryYeah definitely get more !!
Probably the biggest ?? That probably is the A-female establishing a pecking order (who's boss).