Substrate Choice For Corydoras And Kuhli Loach

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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

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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:
 

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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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FriarThomasIII said:
Sand is super easy to clean, you just hold it over the sand, gently taking up waste and detritus. What sand are you getting.
something like this .What kind of plant best for sand substrate?
 

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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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Lunnietic said:
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.
what kind of plant suitable for sand? do I need root tabs? I'm using silica sand
 
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