Substrate Choice For Corydoras And Kuhli Loach

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by axel, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. axel

    axelWell Known MemberMember

  2. Stryphe89

    Stryphe89New MemberMember

    I can't really speak for the kuhli, but Cories really need a super fine substrate like sand. Anything too rough, like gravel, can damage their barbels and possibly cause infections.
     
  3. CloudTheFluffy

    CloudTheFluffyValued MemberMember

    Sand is best for both. Gravel can injury cory cats barbels if it’s not super smooth. Same thing with kuhli loachs and they like to bury themselves sometimes.
     
  4. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    You can keep cories on pea gravel, but it's recommended to use sand for kuhlis.
     
  5. FriarThomasIII

    FriarThomasIIIWell Known MemberMember

    My cories love the black diamond blasting sand they have. It's also cute to watch them snuffle around in it. Same with the kuhlis
     
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    axel

    axelWell Known MemberMember

    then sand it is... but how do you clean their waste with siphon. wouldn't it suck the sand ?
     
  7. Kyleena696

    Kyleena696Valued MemberMember

    Hold your water change tube right above the sand and it should just pick up all the waste. You can very gently touch the sand. But DO NOT just shove the tube into the sand, speaking from experience. I did that in my first ever water change when I had sand. Enough sand went up the tube at high enough speeds that it disconnected the second tube behind the hand pump. Water and sand went everywhere, mostly on me :facepalm:
     
  8. FriarThomasIII

    FriarThomasIIIWell Known MemberMember

    Sand is super easy to clean, you just hold it over the sand, gently taking up waste and detritus. What sand are you getting.
     
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    axel

    axelWell Known MemberMember

    something like this .What kind of plant best for sand substrate?
     
  10. Lunnietic

    LunnieticWell Known MemberMember

    Your link to the subtrate won't load for me. Its best to have about 1.5-2 inches high of substrate especially if you are thinking of plants. I have 20 lbs of sand in my 20 bow front. Granted mine is a high.
     
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    axel

    axelWell Known MemberMember

    what kind of plant suitable for sand? do i need root tabs? im using silica sand
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2018