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Old 06-17-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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How much gravel is enough gravel?

How much gravel do I need for a 50 gallon (36" x 16" base) tank? 3" of gravel? (How many bags is that?!!)

And is there a brand or type I should get for fresh water? I still haven't decided if I want real or fake plants.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:18 PM   #2
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Normally people say 1lb of gravel per gallon of tank, but if you want 3", then I would probably air more towards 2lbs per gallon. So I would say about 100lbs of gravel, give or take.
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Normally people say 1lb of gravel per gallon of tank, but if you want 3", then I would probably air more towards 2lbs per gallon. So I would say about 100lbs of gravel, give or take.
Ack! That's a LOT!
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:43 PM   #4
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Here is a link that shows about 84lbs of gravel being needed, so 80 to 100 would be my best guess.
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Wow. This is getting expensive!

Any color, brand, size best? Anything better for live plants versus fake?
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:55 AM   #6
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I would say 60 is a great bed 50 would do though I just put 100 lbs in my 80 gallon and I am quite happy with it
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Here is a link that shows about 84lbs of gravel being needed, so 80 to 100 would be my best guess.
Cool link!
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would you be open to mabye using a sand substrate?
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I have had great experience with course aquarium gravel for planting. as for color what fish are you getting? Something to contrast your fishes color will look sharp and all I can say on brand is stay away from Stoney river it leached color into my tank so I recently replaced it which was no easy task
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would you be open to mabye using a sand substrate?
I just ordered a Python knock-off and I don't know how it would work with sand. Sand kinda looks cool but I don't know if it is more problem than it is worth.

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I have had great experience with course aquarium gravel for planting. as for color what fish are you getting? Something to contrast your fishes color will look sharp and all I can say on brand is stay away from Stoney river it leached color into my tank so I recently replaced it which was no easy task
I don't know what fish I will get yet. I do like loaches and I saw this INSANE looking fish the other day... "Black Ghost Knife".

The tank will have a cobalt blue background.
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