plants and substrate for cory/betta tank

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What type of substrate should I use for a ten gallon setup that I am thinking bout. It will have three two inch cories, 1 blue male betta, and a few live plants. And what plants would be easy to take care of that the bettas and cories will like. Thanks.
 

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I know that Cories like sand. I don't know much about sand though.
 

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I would say corys need sand, mine sieve the sand looking for food, it's odd seeing sand shooting out of their gils.
Bettas like tall, large leafed plants to sleep on so they're close to the suface, as they like to breathe from the suface ever now and again.
 

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oops, I forgot the plants...




Like slider said, Bettas like tall plants to rest on. They also like floating plants, however you have to make sure they don't block the Betta's access to the water surface or hang down too much like Java Moss does when left floating and get tangled up in the Betta's fins.
 
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Thank you both. Any suggestions on two inch cories whose coloration would look good with Satin (my royal blue, I think, betta)
 

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Lessee...I just gave someone else a list of 2 inch Cories...I'll try to find it...
As for color, it all depends on what you like.
 

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The following Cories are around 2 in:
C. adolfoi
C. arcuatus
C. bilineatus
C. concolor
C. elegans
C. gomezi
C. guapore
C. julii
C. leucomelas
C. metae
C. napoensis
C. panda
C. polystictus
C. rabauti
C. trilineatus
C. xinguensis
I got this from
I gave you the scientific names instead of common because I have seen the same Cory called 3 different things at 3 different stores, so you kind of need to know the scientific name to know what they are...
Note that there are 2 even smaller Cories (C. pygmaeus I think and something else), but both species are mid-level swimmers instead of bottom dwellers and need to be kept in shoals of 6.

(copied from "Betta" in Betta Fish section)
 
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Thanks 0morrokh, that will be very helpful. The reason I asked about help for the colors is just because I am partially color blind... so I can't really tell what goes with what.
 

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Oh...well, all cories are shades or mixtures of white/tan/brown, and a lot have darker or lighter markings...so you don't need to worry much about matching, basically they're all light brown.
 
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Is there a good place online to get plants... cuz the petsmart near me doesn't have the selection that is on the website. And even if it did the plants don't look very healthy.
 
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Oh yeah and what does "Do not bury the rhizone in substrate when planting" mean. All of these plants on the website seem to say it.
 

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I have asked both questions you just asked...
As for the second one, it's been a while but the rhizome is like the main root or somethin and you can't bury it or it'll rot; it's basically what all the roots and leaves grow out of I THINK.
I didn't really find out where to order plants online...if you find out let me know cause I still need to order plants for my new 20g.
 
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I just ordered 6 java ferns and a clump of java moss (I'm not impulsive what are you talking about for 36 bucks total, including shipping from betta talk. She says she keeps her plants completely fish free so there is no chances of disease. These are the only two plants that she sells though. Man I hope I don't regret this decision in the morning. :-\
 

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I don't think you will, both plants are awesome. You know they all have to be attached to something, right? If you don't want to spend a fortune on driftwood, plastic decor works just fine.
 

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My personal favorite cory's are the panda cory's. They are so much cuter to me. I have several other cory's but the panda's are my favorite.
 

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