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Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- advice?

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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby exasperatus2002 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:37 pm

+1 for pool filter sand.

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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby LughLamfada » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:36 pm

And what's the word on using grapewood as driftwood? I've seen and heard conflicting things about it. Is it safe to use in an aquarium or should I avoid it? I have a nice piece that approximates tree roots that I was going to boil for a few hours and soak for a week or two, but if it's not a good idea I'll just bring it back to the store. What do you all think?

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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby MatsP » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:08 pm

Safe in the sense that it won't kill your fish. Not so great in the sense that it won't last long (and may go mouldy if you don't have something that "cleans" the wood - an Ancistrus or similar).

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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby Shane » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:04 pm

As Mats said, it will grow some nasty, thick slime fungus all over if there is not something in the tank to constantly graze on it. For a beautiful, natural look I think manzanita is about impossible to beat http://greenleafaquariums.com/aquarium-driftwood.html

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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby LughLamfada » Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:51 pm

Would pitbull plecs fit the bill? As I live in Florida, I think I might go foraging for driftwood along the beach and the canals for some real stuff. I find driftwood to be rather overpriced, and I mean, what could possibly go wrong looking for it myself?

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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby sidguppy » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:16 pm

if you pull your driftwood from water with traces of industrial waste in it, you'll find out pretty fast what can go wrong......


and ofcourse putting a baby gator in there will make things interesting, but only for a while
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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby MatsP » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:51 pm

Whilst Alex's concern about industrial (and agricultural) [toxic] waste is a valid one, I think a much bigger reason for most people not using wood that they find on the beach/local river is simply the lack of suitable places to collect it.

As long as the wood is well dried, collected from a place where the wood is clean (from a "waste" perspective), and it's nice and old (not "green").

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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby Coryman » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:38 pm

Just to add my 2 pence (Cents) worth.

I think the very first consideration is what species you intend keeping and plan the tank set up to suit.

The term 'Corys' may be a standard one but their natural habitat conditions are not.

Substrates may vary slightly, but for most there will be a fine sand underneath them, this may have a smattering of leaf litter, none at all, or a dense layer. I collected C. delfax in a tributary of the Rio Mammon in July 2011, where the leaf litter was 10" - 12"deep, under which was very fine white sand. the water parameters were, pH 4.8, TDS 8.3ppm, temperature 76ºF.

There are many members here that have collected corys from various locations and I am sure once you have decided on the species you want to keep, they will be more than willing to help with habitat information.

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Re: Setting up natural cory habitat tank from scratch -- adv

Postby LughLamfada » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:26 pm

Thanks for the input, Ian. Most of my cats are peppered cories, so the tank will be primarily geared towards them. I think most will be relatively happy with a riverbank root-snag kind of environment with clear water, low flow, lots of tree roots, and some leaves scattered on a sand substrate. I just need to find some root-like driftwood.

And what are peoples' thoughts regarding adhering rocks and such to the back wall of the tank via silicone?


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