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Old 07-21-2009, 05:38 PM   #11
 
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Okay. My only worry about that is I'm keeping Cories and need smaller river gravel.
Be careful then, know what you're getting. Gravel made from limestone or dolomite (or crushed coral) will raise hardness and ph and this works for rift lake cichlids or livebearers but not recommended for acidic water fish like corys and tetras. While aquarium store gravel is more expensive, you should be able to trust what you're getting; and some carry it in bulk, much less expensive that the made-up bags. I have always used bulk gravel, the smallest grain size available (as far as I know) and my corys are fine. It is also not rough, like some gravels from landscaping places might be.
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:55 PM   #12
 
Yes, I just want to be careful with my fish.

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Old 07-22-2009, 01:35 PM   #13
 
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I use pea gravel and you can buy it at Lowes for approx 35 lbs @ $3.45. It comes in beautiful neutral colors.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:02 PM   #14
 
I'll look into that. I'm having some major health issues ATM so I can't travel anywhere to look.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:57 PM   #15
 
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I use pea gravel and you can buy it at Lowes for approx 35 lbs @ $3.45. It comes in beautiful neutral colors.
I've not seen this material so just a comment on the size of grain. Pea gravel is sometimes used to describe large grain gravel, more pebbles than gravel; this in my view is too large for plants (Zombie mentioned this wold be a planted tank). All plant authors recommend the smallest gravel (I think it used to be "Number 3" but haven't seen that term for a while). It is sufficient to hold the roots in place, and small enough for the roots to easily grow through it, and not large enough for trapped waste and uneaten food to be an issue, less chance of "dead spots" (there will be some like under rocks)... you get the idea.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:08 PM   #16
 
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Here is a link to see what it looks like and yes it is suitable for planted tanks as well. If the link does not work, I have attached a picture. You just rinse well as you would regular gravel.

Evergreen 0.5 cu. ft. Pea Gravel | Lowes.com[IMG]chrome://searchshield/content/unknown.gif[/IMG]
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:51 PM   #17
 
-waits for someone to comment on that gravel siize-
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:56 PM   #18
 
Top Fin® Polished Pebbles - 2 lbs - Décor - Fish - PetSmart

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Old 07-22-2009, 05:58 PM   #19
 
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just a quick note that this pic is supersized to show you the item, so it may appear a little larger than actual size. most people (planted tanks or not) I know us it as the price is the best. good luck
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:23 PM   #20
 
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I read up on the same pea gravel redlessi mentioned, even bought a bag at lowes with plans to use it, but changed my mind at the last minute and went with pool filter sand because the muskippers I was setting the tank up for prefer sand.
The gravel itself looks nice, and I read many post from people whom used it without problems. I Looked at lots of pictures with the pea gravel in fish tanks.
I do not recall seeing any tanks heavily planted with this gravel. I do believe this gravel can be safely used if washed well, and there are many plants that do well planted attached to driftwood and rock. If you are going for a heavily rooted planted tank, something else such as Eco-complete or flourite would be a better choice.
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