I was presented with a unique opportunity recently when someone asked if I would be willing to write an article about saltwater aquariums for the newsletter. Just as my “simple” project of starting a saltwater aquarium bloomed into a major project, so may this “article”. I have volunteered to start writing a saltwater column called Shining Light on the Dark Side. The intent of the column is to share what I (and hopefully others) know about the different concepts behind keeping a saltwater aquarium. My goal is to deliver the information in a manner in which those who may be totally new to the aquarium hobby as well as those who may be seasoned hobbyist will enjoy.
My current group consists of 3 males and 2 females and is housed in a 15 gal with an air driven hydrosponge V. I have not used a heater as the temperature in my basement stays between 70 and 75. My water parameters are PH 7.8.
I have seen the ventral fins of corys vanish in a BB tank. I think bacteria can build up on the bottom and this causes the barbels and ventral fins to be eaten away. It is recommended to use children's play sand as a substrate in your cory breeding tanks. There are other substrates that would work as well but most cory people I have communicated with all recommend play sand. Just make sure there are no antibacterial agents in the sand. I have used the Home Depot play sand and have had no problems yet.
Somewhere I must have zigged, when I should have zagged, and found myself with a fish tank in almost every room of my home. Over a two-year period I was able to “sneak” tank after tank into the household and would matter-of-factly introduce each new addition to my husband as if it were a necessity of life...