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Old 12-03-2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Where can i find gravel like this?

Went to a LFS today and I need to get gravel if this size for my cichlids to dig. The gravel I bought at lowes is really cheep. But also really big. The LFS charges 18.99 for a 25 lb bag. I have a 55gal tank and would like to put in 100lbs. That's way to expensive just for some rocks. Does anyone know of any stores that sell gravel of this size for cheep.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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I used 2 -50 pound bags of pool filter sand and it cost me $24 from a pool and spa supply store. My cichlids loved the sand and I think it looks better than gravel. Much cleaner too
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+1 on sand. Since I went sand I would never I back to gravel. It is a little more labour intensive to setup but once it makes cleaning and maintenance much easier
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Next time you're at a hardware store look at pea gravel or blasting sand. Pool filter sand is also a good choice. I have it in a few of my tanks. I also have a mix of pea gravel and sand in a few.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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I love sand. BUT the issue is how dirty the sand gets very quickly. I'd go to sand in a heartbeat. Problem is I can see every little speck of dirt and poop on it.
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I love sand. BUT the issue is how dirty the sand gets very quickly. I'd go to sand in a heartbeat. Problem is I can see every little speck of dirt and poop on it.
And you can also vaccuum every speck of poop up when it's maintenance time. Take the fat plastic tube off the end of your syphon and just hold the hose 1/2" above the sand to vaccuum it.

Sand is better. For fish that dig especially, it's better. Don't put too much. 1.5" to 2" is PLENTY.

Pool filter sand works great. Any pool supply store will have some. 50 pounds $10-15.
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How many pounds of sand should I use. I know for gravel it's generally 1-2 lbs per gallon. Same rule of thumb? Also do they have darker sand or just pure white.
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How many pounds of sand should I use. I know for gravel it's generally 1-2 lbs per gallon. Same rule of thumb? Also do they have darker sand or just pure white.
I don't know where you heard that but it's not 1-2lbs per gallon. It's enough to make a 1.5-2" deep bed. However much that is.
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I put 100lbs in my 48"x18" 90 gallon and that gave me about 2.5 inches.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:35 AM   #10
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My LFS of course. I even worked there and they told me that starting at age 16 I left a year later but still love to go in. Yeah. I suppose the goes to show cross check your sources. So I suppose 60-65lbs shall do. Also. Are my only choices the white pool sand for cheap, what colors can I pick from and of none where may I go to get cheap sand that's say, tan, or brown, or black. I'd like the substrate to be darkest of possible for the fishes sake. Thanks guys
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