Had to convert to a bare bottom tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by BriLandy, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. BriLandyWell Known MemberMember

    After my ordeal with getting rid of bladder snails (yuck!) I ended up with a bare bottom tank yesterday. I decided I don't mind the look of it, and it will certainly be easier to clean. I bought "snail free" amazon swords that I potted and some anubias that I attached to driftwood. I think I'll keep it that way for a while. 1467506947004.jpg
    Thoughts on bare bottom tanks?
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016
  2. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    I guess it would depend on the type of fish you're planning to stock it with. If you're going to have bottom dwellers like corys and loaches, I would say a substrate is needed. I've also read some fish don't like the reflection bare bottoms give off and feel more secure with some kind of substrate.
  3. BriLandyWell Known MemberMember

    Here's what's in the tank:
    Sterbai corys x7
    Bristle nose plecos ×2
    Pristella tetras x6
    Angelfish x1
    Moonlight gourami x1

    Interesting. The corys actually seem to be more active and appear to be enjoying themselves. None of the fish look like they're in distress from the change at this point.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2016
  4. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    They may seem fine since its temporary but their natural behavior is to root the substrate for food. Personally, I would get sand especially for your corys.

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