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Gravel "Is there really any difference"?
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Philster
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PostPosted: 2003.09.09(Tue)14:08    Post subject: Gravel "Is there really any difference"? Reply with quote

I'm in the process of setting up our new 65 gallon tank. I know a lot of this is simply what the end user prefers but is there any real benefit to using the natural pea sized gravel vs the colored sort of jagged gravel?

We have the latter in our smaller 29 gallon and I would like to try using the natural river bottom type of gravel. Can anyone iterate on this further..ie: benefits, lack of light reflection, better bacterial colonies? Thanks.

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Steve Hampton
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PostPosted: 2003.09.09(Tue)14:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a fish only tank the substrate is of minor importance. It can be used to help buffer a tank if that is desired and proper substrate material is used. But, on average the type and color of the substrate for a fish only tank is an exercise in hobbyist preferences. In a fish only tank the majority of the biological filtration is going to be located in the filter, some bio film will develop on the substrate material but by far the largest colony should be located in the bio-filter. Substrate choice becomes really important when choosing it for a planted tank though.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.09(Tue)16:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Steve, we are going to proceed with mostly artificials for this time except for some Java Moss/Fern and maybe one other plant.

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PostPosted: 2003.09.10(Wed)8:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the advantages that I find to a natural gravel is it doesn't fade. That is the reason I don't buy artifical. When the black stones start looking all white or blue to white it looks ugly. Other than that what Steve said.
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