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post #1 of 8 Old 12-29-2008, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Michael's New 75 Gallon - Sand or Gravel

Hi There I'm new to the forum. I bought myself a Christmas present, a new 75 gallon tank. I eaven't done a tank in a few years, but have had plenty of experience. I have had everything from Piranhas to Salt Water to plenty of fresh water tanks. I've decided to go with a freshwater tank. I have a Marineland Bio Wheel Power Filter for a 40 gallon tank and will add a second filter once I add my fish. I'm thinking about some Angel Fish, some Gouramis, some Neons. Yeah I know the Gouramis will eat the Neons, but I'm still kicking ideas around. Here's a question that I have run into

What is the difference between having sand or gravel? Why would someone prefer one over the other? When I think about all of the tanks I've had, I have always had gravel or the small pebbles. I'd like the tank to look very natural, no funky colors. Kind of like a river.


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post #2 of 8 Old 12-29-2008, 06:18 PM
Well first off, you will have more troubles with the Angles going for the Neons than the Gouramis going for the Neons.

As to your question...

Sand is often used when you have fish that like to burrow and/or stay on the bottom and forage (IE, cories, loaches, eels). Sometimes looks better, and can be easier to clean. The cons though, is that you need to have something stirring it. This means either yourself, or a common snail, Malyasian Trumpet Snails. Another con is that it can be kicked up very easily and ruin filters.

As to gravel... it comes in a more variety of colors, it is better for plants IMO, doesn't have to be stirred, and cannot be kicked up. It can be a bit harder to clean, and can damage soft-skinned burrowers.

I say it is all up to what you do with the tank.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-29-2008, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Cody, thanks for your quick reply. Based on the information, I think I'll go with the gravel. I know that the Neons or just fish food, so I'll probably just skip them. Which leads me to my next question.

I'd love to do Angel fish, but remember they are very delicate. I've had many die in the past, however, I remember having them when I was younger and they would live for years and years and get really huge. What is the deal with Angel fish? I would love to get some for this big tank and have them live for a long time and get huge. Are there any secrets? I've heard of just doing Angel fish in the tank with nothing else. What are anyone's thoughts on keeping the Angels? They are so beautiful in my opion.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-29-2008, 07:53 PM
In my experience, Angels are pretty hardy. They do like more soft, acidic water compared to hard water, so that may have been your problem. But all Angels are different.

They are very beautiful fish.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-29-2008, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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So soft, acidic means a lower PH? Is that correct? The average is 7.0, so Angels like 6.8 or 6.9?
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-29-2008, 09:19 PM
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angels are very hardy fish i had my power go out for 3 days and my angels are the only thing that survied in 29 gallon tank that was 2 years ago and there still going strong
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-30-2008, 12:08 AM
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So soft, acidic means a lower PH? Is that correct? The average is 7.0, so Angels like 6.8 or 6.9?
Correct. My Angel that I had was in a pH of about 6.4-6.6 if I remember right. But they do fine in a pH from 6.0 to 7.5.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-30-2008, 12:22 PM
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My angels are doing fine in Ph of 7.5. But I have soft water. My Gh and Kh are both 4. Take some time to acclimate them well when you get them and keep the nitrates low and they should do fine.

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