12-07-2006, 01:05 AM
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The stackable sponges make great sense - I was thinking of putting them in the big tank with the fluval, but putting them in the fry tank makes more sense. I do have to say though that I absolutely cannot even think of a bare bottom tank. This tank is part of my office and the peacefulness of the tank helps me work - but the ugliness of a bare bottom would defeat the whole thing. That's just us (hubby is the same) - we're rock hounds and plant lovers as well as aquarists, so we simply HAVE to combine these loves into one pretty and peaceful tank. If the fry survived in the big tank with gravel and bigger hungry mouths, I feel they would survive in the same type of tank without the "predators" (mom and dad). I am just wanting to make sure that without the "forced air" circulation of a HOB type of filter, that the gravel would not get yucky faster with a sponge filter. I do have a small algae eater who helps with food in the gravel, and I do gravel vac - but now need to figure out how to gravel vac more "delicately" so I don't suck up the little ones. Of course, I suck it up into a bucket and check it before using it to water the plants with or flush down the toity if I'm not needing more plant water... Caution is my game and confusion is my name!