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Old 12-05-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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We had a 55 gallon fresh water aquarium many years ago, but broke it down many years ago.

We want to set up a 150 gallon aquarium. What is the rule of thumb for the amount of gravel needed to cover with the proper thickness. We were told at the pet store that we should figure a pound for each gallon.

Can that be right?
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:33 PM   #2
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Hi All.

We had a 55 gallon fresh water aquarium many years ago, but broke it down many years ago.

We want to set up a 150 gallon aquarium. What is the rule of thumb for the amount of gravel needed to cover with the proper thickness. We were told at the pet store that we should figure a pound for each gallon.

Can that be right?
Yea I use about a pound per gallon or so. There are cheaper alternatives to the expensive stuff sold at the LFS though. Are you set on having gravel? Or would you be open to doing sand? IME sand as much easier to clean. The waste sits on top making for easy cleaning. With gravel it falls and builds up between all the little pebbles
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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A pound per gallon is what I suggest (155 pounds). Are you planning to have a planted tank, or will you use artificial plants? This will have an effect on the cost of your substrate (planted or not).
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Thanks Dwayne,

We used the 1 pound of gravel per 1 gallon of water formula and purchased the gravel.

Thanks again for responding.

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