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Old 02-12-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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Saltwater Fishtank..what type of substrate should I use??

I am buying a 55 gallon saltwater fish tank from Petsmart that comes with a hood. Will my MarineLand 350 bio wheel fit into the hood? I think the brand of the fish tank is TopFin.
I also have a underground gravel filter/cleaning thing and was wondering what type of substrate should I use with this? Should I get aragonite gravel?? Or something else?


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The hood should have a plastic strip in back that can be cut/snapped off for your filter. Most in SW go without a hood and have an open top with egg crate or mesh; it's better for gas/air exchange. Depending on what type of tank you're going to keep the lighting may have to be upgraded. FO or FOWLR tanks don't need additional lighting; you will have to upgrade if you plan to keep corals. Aragonite substrate is great for pH buffering; that's what I would recommend. The UGF is up to you to use or not; I do not use one.

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i would not use an undergravel filter. there is no way i would want to pull uneaten food and fish poop into the substrate. you are better off without it. just use aragonite based sand. slightly larger than sugar sized.
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