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Old 04-27-2003, 10:45 PM   #1
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Substrate experimentation

Does anyone have any experience using regular acquarium gravel in a FO tank? Filtration will be cannister. I have sand in two tanks, sand and CC in one tank and just CC in another.....was thinking about doing a tank with just gravel and some few decorative pieces of rock.

What problems would I be asking for if I do this?
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Old 04-27-2003, 10:58 PM   #2
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None, it would be no different than using a silica based sand as far a s buffering. I wouldn't use painted gravel, but a natural gravel of small grain size might be interesting.
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I also think there would be no difference except that it is a little unnatural for the surroundings of the fish..but then hey,,,to each her own right? May look kinda cool...
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although my post count is not much. I have kept a FO for over a yr with natural gravel. I had no real problems with it.

Had 2 tomato clowns, 2 domino damsels and an Imp. Angel in it.
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cool, done deal, I am going for it..let ya all know how it turns out :P
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it would be a lot easier to vacuum
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Old 04-28-2003, 07:45 AM   #7
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My puffer tank has gravel and a Fluval canister. I'm getting a lot of brown algae in there, but I'm sure that isn't due to the gravel. I'm sure it has a lot to do with the puffer being such a messy slob and me being such a lazy slob and not cleaning up after him as much as I should. Other than the brown algae, it's a pretty neat looking tank and it is easy to clean up.
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