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post #1 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone else sort thier gravel?

Because, I do.
And my boyfriend thinks im nuts.

But it makes sense to me! You want a certain color scheme, and youve got two different types of gravel with four colors, and you only want two, you sort...

I also do have a lot of time on my hands.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 12:48 AM
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Wow that's a lot of sorting. No I don't sort the gravel I use. You are definitely more patient and determine to get that right color going. Gotta give props on that one.

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post #3 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 12:58 AM
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I did that with my large rocks for my goldfish tank, but then again, I was only sorting 30 to 50 rocks. I can't imagine doing that with the pea-sized gravel. But I do like the mottled, natural look.

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 01:05 AM
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Idol hands..... ;)

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post #5 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 01:39 AM
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LOL!
I wish I had, because now I am sinking the ones to the bottom of the pile that I don't care for.
Every time I have to vacuum, I'm always pushing the ones I don't like to the bottom.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Lol Idle Hands!

I definitely know the natural mottled look, but i happen to have some gravel thats black and rainbow colors. And one thats aqua and light teal. And another that is red and lime green. And after a while, natural ends up in all of them. I also have a jar for mixed gravel, which is my emergency gravel.

Ive been using my natural colors, because i have a betta, and hes purple, so he stands out more. Then i got ghosties, so i needed a darker color, so i started sorting. now i have a crayfish, natural colors, so shell look best with white substrate. and i cant be going out and buying new colors! not when i already have em!

its usually my rainy day or cant go top sleep chore.

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Main tank:50 gal/betta/Guppies/Cories/BNandRNPleco
15 gallon/endlers/least killifish/otos/ADF
45 gal: wintering goldfish
Fry Tank:10gal/Tonso'babies, all ages
2.5:Algeafarm
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*New cattle dog pups! *

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post #7 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 07:47 AM
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My bf bought me a used 45 gallon hex. off of Craigslist that had natural colored gravel with bright blue gravel mixed in (ugh).

We had a "pick the blue gravel out and discard" afternoon at the kitchen table shortly afterwards :)

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post #8 of 14 Old 06-01-2012, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Some people just have no fashion tank sense. lol
Im searching craigslist now for unwanted gravel and plants, cause i have the time to sort, and make old look great again.
I do it while i watch tv, a handful at a time. Eventually it gets done, and i get to redecorate my tanks!

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RIP Lilly May, our 13 y/o beagle, taken from us 6.8.12

Main tank:50 gal/betta/Guppies/Cories/BNandRNPleco
15 gallon/endlers/least killifish/otos/ADF
45 gal: wintering goldfish
Fry Tank:10gal/Tonso'babies, all ages
2.5:Algeafarm
Poodle Mix.Tomcat.Rats!
*New cattle dog pups! *

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post #9 of 14 Old 06-02-2012, 07:09 AM
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Your crayfish will help you sort...though not necessarily with the same system you have ;)

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post #10 of 14 Old 06-02-2012, 07:23 AM
Maybe you need to get out more? Find a good book to read? Clean (really clean) the place up? Help clean out my spare room, basement and/or garage?

LOL

I like the look of natural colored gravel or sand so I've never sorted gravel. I have spent a fair amount of time cleaning sand.

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