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marty14
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PostSubject: Aquaclay Substrate   Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:51 pm

I have Aquaclay (like JBL Manado) as a substrate in my main tank but I was thinking that it might be a little rough for my Bristlenose or Corys.
Has anybody had any experience with this stuff ???
Should I rip my tank apart and change the substrate ???
Any help would be terrific.
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:19 am

the bristlenose will be fine. it might be a bit rough on the corys tho.

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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:37 am

Doug wrote:
the bristlenose will be fine. it might be a bit rough on the corys tho.
Thank you;
Do you think it will turn into a major problem for my Corys ?????
At the moment they seem fine but long term ???
The substrate can also be seen on my profile picture behind my bristlenose.
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:28 pm

its bad for their whiskers, can wear them down

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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:31 pm

Doug wrote:
its bad for their whiskers, can wear them down
Hi;
I was afraid of that, now I have one of two choices.
Get rid of the substrate or get rid of the Corys.
Hmmmmm !!!!
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PostSubject: sand   Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:30 pm

i have 3 breeding groups of cory cats and i either use a bare btm tank or i use pool filter sand . i found out the hard way it hard on their bristles , they will live and spawn on gravel but they will wear the bristle down really short.
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:38 pm

KYANGELSNCORYS wrote:
i have 3 breeding groups of cory cats and i either use a bare btm tank or i use pool filter sand . i found out the hard way it hard on their bristles , they will live and spawn on gravel but they will wear the bristle down really short.
I would like to use sand, but I am worried about plants.
I hate to have a barren tank with only driftwood and stones.
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:50 pm

corys will do great in either tank with or with out sand
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:54 pm

KYANGELSNCORYS wrote:
corys will do great in either tank with or with out sand
Any experience with sand and plants ??
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:58 pm

What few live plants i have do just as good if not better in sand then they do in gravel
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:13 pm

KYANGELSNCORYS wrote:
What few live plants i have do just as good if not better in sand then they do in gravel
Nice to know;
Looks like I am in for a renovation.
I wonder if I can put sand on top if the Aquaclay, hmmmm ??
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:37 pm

i used to have my fully planted tank with pool filter sand. I used to have a clay/sand mix layer on the bottom, then a good layer of sand over the top. I used to have insane plant growth. I was throwing lotus away like a weed cos i had totally saturated the adelaide market haha

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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:46 pm

Doug wrote:
i used to have my fully planted tank with pool filter sand. I used to have a clay/sand mix layer on the bottom, then a good layer of sand over the top. I used to have insane plant growth. I was throwing lotus away like a weed cos i had totally saturated the adelaide market haha
A mix does sound like a good idea.
Now for the hard part, trying to find pool sand in Germany. Not as easy as in Oz.
But I hear that sandbox play sand is supposed to be pretty good as well.
Ever had anybody using it ??
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:13 am

i have used both pool filter sand and sand box sand and i can`t tell any diff. other then the color
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:01 am

KYANGELSNCORYS wrote:
i have used both pool filter sand and sand box sand and i can`t tell any diff. other then the color
Thanks, that certainly makes things a little easier.
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:09 pm

im also fixin to set up some tanks with blk sand for my albino and my super reds i think the blk will make the colors really show affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:43 pm

KYANGELSNCORYS wrote:
im also fixin to set up some tanks with blk sand for my albino and my super reds i think the blk will make the colors really show affraid
Hi;
Don't forget to post a photo as that sounds preety good.
Marty cheers
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PostSubject: sure   Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:30 pm

already in the plans
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:34 pm

KYANGELSNCORYS wrote:
already in the plans
Looking forward to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:49 pm

cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:52 pm

Hi;
I have now moved my corys to another tank with a sand bottom and the plecos stay in the big tank with the Aquaclay.
I hope that is ok. Suspect
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PostSubject: good   Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:51 pm

they will do great that way cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:07 pm

KYANGELSNCORYS wrote:
they will do great that way cheers
I hope so as well, that seems like the best solution all around. I really did not want to drag 30 kilos of Aquaclay out of my tank to replace it with sand. Far to much distruption. A new tank seemed so much smarter.
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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:19 am

And yet still no pictures... scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Aquaclay Substrate   Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:05 pm

kfenk wrote:
And yet still no pictures... scratch
Here is the first of my pictures;
It is from my 180 litre tank and in it are the offspring of my boisterous swordtails (a type that I have breed with a wild orange green female and a wild male green swordtail). I like to call them sunset swordtails because of the orange around their dorsal fin.
You can also see one of my Albino corys (Corydoras aeneus) before I moved him to the other tank.
This also shows the Aquaclay pretty well.
In that tank is also my Bristlenose and my Flash pleco. Pictures I will post shortly, just when they are out from hiding and in a good enough position to take the picture.
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