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Old 04-14-2008, 08:53 AM   #1
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Question Gravel or Sand

The other day at my job a couple was purchasing everything for a saltwater tank and then he handed me two 18 pound bags of gravel...

I had never heard of anyone using gravel for a salt tank.

So..my question is...

Can you use gravel in a salt tank? Or..is sand/live sand required.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:03 AM   #2
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You could, but it will just be a giant trap to accumulate all kinds of crap. Sand is the way to go.
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I agree, it would be just the same as using CC.
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Sand....gravel is for FW
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thought so...i wanted to tell him but...he spent over $450 on filters...gravel..SALTwater...so why the heck buy gravel?...iono. i wouldnt buy gravel for salt...i think it would look dumb anyways
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You could, but it will just be a giant trap to accumulate all kinds of crap. Sand is the way to go.
I totally agree
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yeah i had crushed coral and switched to sand because all that junk would go deep into the cc..
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if you only have a very thin layer of crushed coral in the bottom of a tank eg: 10# in a 55 gal.. would it still cause problems? Im debating on weither to get rid of it now before I put rock or anything else in..
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if you only have a very thin layer of crushed coral in the bottom of a tank eg: 10# in a 55 gal.. would it still cause problems? Im debating on weither to get rid of it now before I put rock or anything else in..
Personally if it was me I would ditch the crushed coral even if its a small amount. but there are people who use it with success. However if you look at 1000 reef aquariums I would be willing to bet 900 or more of them use a fine sand. I tend to lean towards the majority vote.
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The problem with CC is that it traps debris thus causing problems with excessive nutrients. Your clean up crew has a harder time getting to it than with sand.
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