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Old 08-09-2015, 12:52 PM   #11
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I think think whatever tank style you choose is up to you, most of the time we must give purpose for our choices.
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:14 PM   #12
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I've been impressed by the simple beauty of some bare bottomed tanks, with very well chosen rocks or driftwood.

I work for a countertop fabricator and think often about how beautiful the Quartz would look under, or even behind, a BB tank.


But for practicality in a low maintenance community tank, I appreciate the ecosystem of substrate and plants.

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Old 08-09-2015, 02:26 PM   #13
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Gravel wouldn't bother your filter if you're worried about clogging

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Old 08-09-2015, 03:58 PM   #14
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As a breeder, I too go for the bare bottom approach for sanitary reasons. There are ways of decorating a "substrate-less" tank to make it more appealing to the human eye as well as providing security for the tank inhabitants. That said however, one of the benefits of some substrate is as a place for your nitrifying bacteria to adhere to. Tanks with good oxygenation and water flow will have BB all over the tank and not just in the filter. Also, due to the limited area for BB growth in a bare tank, you have to be very aware of your water chemistry. It can actually lead to more work on your part depending on the types of fish you have in the tank. So there are both pros and cons to the bare bottomed tank.

As for the post about the fish not being to discern up from down, this is just another example of the bad information that can get spread. There are blind fish that don't have any issues from knowing up from down so the notion that one with eyes will get confused is really kinda preposterous don't ya think?

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Fish will not see their reflection when looking down at the bare bottom.

BB benefits: easier to clean and harder for waste to accumulate (excellent for monster fish or fish that produce a lot of waste), and more water volume and swimming space

BB just does not look good for freshwater IMO. Looks much better for reef tanks.

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