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Please help with tank set up
Old 03-30-2010, 09:05 AM   #1
 
Please help with tank set up

I just bought a 55 gal tank. rather than put gravel at the bottom, I am wanting to put river rock (like used for landscaping.) My concern is that that will be way too heavy for the tank.

Please advise.

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Old 03-30-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
 
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Hi pacrat- welcome to TFK! What size river rock and are you talking about just one layer of rocks or a huge pile?
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:22 AM   #3
 
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i have the small pebble like river rock in my 55...i have about 50 pounds of it in there
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:26 AM   #4
 
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Welcome!! get back to us on that!! there are tons of variation to sizes of river rock!
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:16 PM   #5
 
thank everyone for helping me out. I am looking at the 7/8" river rock. not the pebble size.
I am looking at putting just one layer of rock, just enough to cover the bottom.

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Old 03-30-2010, 05:08 PM   #6
 
If you plan to have plants in the aquarium, you might think of smaller substrates for the roots of the plants.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:40 AM   #7
 
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I think rocks that big might not look so great on their own because the gaps between them would show glass. Plus, lots of waste would build up under the rocks and would be pretty visible. I would get some sort of smaller substrate then put the river rock on top of that.
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