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post #11 of 32 Old 11-19-2009, 03:08 PM
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I agree with every plant author I have so far read in recommending fine-grain gravel (grains 1-2 mm) as the best for planted aquaria. This is not to say other substrates won't work; but as you asked about gravel, there it is.

As for colour, the darker is best both for the plants and in most cases the fish, assuming we generally maintain "forest fish" in planted aquaria; fish like tetras, rasbora, catfish, loaches, dwarf cichlids, etc. all prefer dark substrates because it gives them security. This is general, there are a few exceptions, but darker substrates tend to work better in my opinion.

I would avoid the bags of special gravel, they are very expensive. Most fish stores carry bulk gravel, usually they have the buff/brown "natural" kind and sometimes if lucky the darker black/gray gravel. I have always bought in bulk, much less expensive and it is good inert gravel. If you buy packaged, make sure it is inert, i.e., it will not raise hardness and pH due to being calcareous in composition. Gravels intended for marine tanks, livebearers or rift lake cichlids will often do this; not what you want in a freshwater planted aquarium with soft acidic water fish (and plants).

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post #12 of 32 Old 11-19-2009, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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LOL if YOU can get your hands on it!
I had wanted to buy the very same one when I set up the tanks, can't get it here. So if you can get it go for it, just look at the bag before you buy it, make sure its smaller gravel (~less then 5mm) and not the BIG pebbles that are ranging from pea's to hazelnut size. Cause I hadn't ever seen it cause I couldn't get it

@Aunt Kymmie thank you And YES specially colorful fish like my killi really look awesome with dark gravel

i think i got the last 25 pound bag of black gravel from petsmart haha!!! ii got a bag of black and a bag of white. put the white down first and then the black. looks sweet. added some of the old substrate to create a cave.

i think i have to add some plants.

got to go buy them this weekend
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post #13 of 32 Old 11-19-2009, 07:27 PM
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Aren't you a lucky one that I have manners and obey the forum language on top that.... otherwise i may have said something mean now (jk) now seriously glad you got it I had to drive all over the darn State to get some FINALLY (and snatched up the very last 2 bags lol)

I DEMAND PICTURES PLS! I'm not helping out over a 2 pager thread w/out picture at the end for me in it

Ahhhh you have a store too that carries a good selection of PLANTS....man I need to move where you're at!

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i promise i will post pictures tomorrow. i kinda disturbed the water just a little removing 50 pounds of rock and adding 50 pounds of different rock. i am giving the filter a chance to clean up my tank haha.

where do you live? oh and no, i dont really have a good place that sells plants. i think i might have to go on a small road trip
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i kinda disturbed the water just a little
no way, really!? get out

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where do you live? oh and no, i dont really have a good place that sells plants. i think i might have to go on a small road trip
TN, about another 20 miles past the stix
Uhhh I like Rd trips, thou I came to terms to order my plants online or drive down to GA (well actually its about 5 miles before GA) to get them.

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yea i think there is a place about 45 minutes away so i am going to check it out this weekend. ill probably end up ordering them on line also
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check www.petco.com for black gravel you can order it online
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post #18 of 32 Old 11-20-2009, 09:53 AM
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arg! now they do, I was following there online for WEEKS (cause that's where the filter was on sale that I wanted too) and the black gravel was sold out day after day and NOW they got it well anyhow I finally found black gravel & black sand after a bunch hassle here, so I'm happy.

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arg! now they do, I was following there online for WEEKS (cause that's where the filter was on sale that I wanted too) and the black gravel was sold out day after day and NOW they got it well anyhow I finally found black gravel & black sand after a bunch hassle here, so I'm happy.

glad you found it!!!! i need to go pick up a couple 5 pound bags. 50 pounds is a not quite not enough.

i do have one question. my water seems to be a little cloudy. is there anything i can do to clear it up? i know my mom uses an additive in her pond. what do you suggest?
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post #20 of 32 Old 11-20-2009, 03:49 PM
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Having stirred up the old gravel to get it out and putting the new one in, that'll do it take ~ 1 day to clear up, depending on what filter you have, so I'd just leave it alone I'll never suggest you to use chem's like that in the tank.
Between filter & w/c it'll do just fine

I'm still waiting on pictures here!

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