QT with cories and shrimp Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Quarantine' started by el337, Jul 24, 2015.

  1. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    I will be getting adolfo cories and amano shrimp special ordered from my LFS very soon. I'm planning to QT them for a couple of weeks but my 10g will be bare bottom. Will that be ok since I know they like to burrow and dig in soft substrate?

  2. Tiny goatfishWell Known MemberMember

    It should be fine for the Corys, I'm not sure about the shrimp. But it'll probably be fine for them to. :)

  3. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    I would put in a few live plants or moss for the shrimp. How many shrimp will it be? If it's not too many just shove like a Marimo ball or some Java moss in there for them. My shrimp did not enjoy their QT bare bottom.

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  4. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    i'll have 4 shrimp and 6 corys. i can add a couple of ornaments there too for them to hide in. if i can't get a marimo ball or java moss right away, can i add a fake plant?
  5. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    The problem with corys in a bare bottom tank is that you get a bacterial film build up & as the corys are in contact with it all the time, any small nicks on their barbels or bodies can quickly become infected.
    If you're only going to keep them in it for a couple of weeks, then as long as you keep the bottom really clean you should be ok but keep a close eye on them
  6. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    The point of the real plant is to give them something to munch on. Especially since Amano shrimp feed mostly on algae. A fake plant is better than no plant though. And a few ornaments will definitely help.

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  7. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Hmm... maybe I will just get a 10lb bag of sand or small gravel from petsmart or something. I have more fish that I will be getting in the next month so I might as well have a habitable home for them even if it's temporary.
  8. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Gotcha... I can pluck a couple of water wisteria stems I just planted on my main tank then.

  9. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    I use sand for my fry tank instead of bare bottom so I can keep shrimp in there too. I barely used ten pounds just to make sure it covered the bottom.

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  10. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Do you think 5lbs will cover enough for the 10g tank?
  11. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    You only need a thin layer so 5lbs would probably be enough
  12. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    It would be a thin layer, but I think so. I would get a 5lb bag and see. I just know I used less than half my 20lb bag

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  13. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Great! Thank you both!

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