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Old 12-14-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Cichlid tank gravel

How much gravel will I need for my new 55 gal cichlid tank?
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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I would put in about 50-60 pounds worth. Depending on the size of the gravel, if it's large gravel you can put less, if it's small you'll need more than average
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:56 AM   #4
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Smallest possible or even better use sand. Mbuna Cichlids dig pitts naturally as places of comfort and places to breed. Large gravel wont be easily moved and mbuna cichlids that cant dig and move the substrate around arnt happy mbuna.
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Thanks. Gonna use some small black gravel and mix it with some blue. The way it comes ill have about 90 pounds. Sand would be nice but I'm new to this and it seems like the sand would be more difficult.
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I could get 70 but I feel like that wouldn't be enough
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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70 will be plenty

In my 120 gallon 60 x 18 I put in about 100 pounds of gravel and it was plenty.
However in my 125 gallon 72 x18 I put in 130 pounds of sand and barely had enough.
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70 it is then. Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:43 PM   #9
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Should have everything next week. Hopefully setting up next weekend. Can't wait to see it.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #10
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Sand is actually easier in the long run I thought for years it would be harder but it's not at all. Plus you can always get all the fish waste and food right off the top of the sand and not miss any like you do with gravel.

The only hard part is rinsing it before putting the sand in the tank besides that its easier than gravel.
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