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Originally Posted by CinBos View Post
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
The old rule of thumb is one pound per gallon; however, I saw a formula that says multiply the length in inches by the width in inches of your tank, drop the last number and that is how much you need in pounds for about a 2 inch average depth. For example, a 10 x 20 tank would need 20 lbs for a 2 inch depth of gravel. I think that latter makes more sense. Using the pound per gallon rule, I always wind up needing more. Also, some people think that larger tanks, like yours, need a deeper layer of gravel to look good.
Last edited by fish monger; 03-05-2012 at 08:06 PM.
I'm really glad to have gotten to read through this thread. We've got the natural rock look (with requisite shiny bobbles) in the new tank. But, as I'm working on it, I'm planning the Dream Tank, which would have sand instead. So glad to see the information about where to find good, inert sand before making some sort of terrible mistake or spending hundreds of dollars trying to fill the tank.
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