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Livelifelaughlove 02-05-2009 01:59 PM

Gravel Substrate stuff?
Stupid Stupid questions but-
what does gravel substrate actually do?
I have boiled ( 60 seconds a rock, VERY carefully) tumbled rocks, and i clean them (hot water and cloth) when i clean my tanks... But i read that i should have Substrate, so i bought some white gravel substrate... and it says rinse till the water runs clear to remove dust. So i did, and it still has dust in it when i put it in the tank, i have rinsed it VERY well probably 15 times, and it still has dusty (like ground up rocks) stuff. I suspect its just the rocks wearing each other down during shipment and stuff... How do i get rid of it? or does it not matter if it is there? I don't want to put it in till i know for sure

Twistersmom 02-05-2009 03:16 PM

Gravel is a good place for beneficial bacteria to grow, also a good place for fish poop to fall and be less noticeable. If you have a good filter, it should take the dust out of the water within a couple days.

Livelifelaughlove 02-06-2009 12:35 PM

I don't have a fliter :( they are just in 2 1/2 gallon Bowls wich i change every 5-7 days

Twistersmom 02-06-2009 04:02 PM

You try cleaning the gravel in a pasta strainer?

dramaqueen 02-06-2009 05:41 PM

I use the glass gems in my bowls. They are easier to keep clean. I don't have filters either.

Livelifelaughlove 02-06-2009 05:43 PM

I have ran it through a strainer and a china cap... and when i soak it you can find like 1/4 MORE! urg!

Twistersmom 02-06-2009 06:27 PM

Not sure what the problem is. None of the gravel I have used has broke up like that. I guess if it all sinks it should be ok to use. Going back to your rocks or trying some different gravel would be some other options.

Livelifelaughlove 02-06-2009 06:50 PM

actually i was just going to put this in the third bowl i am starting up. it sinks, but will the fish some how manage to stir it up?

Twistersmom 02-06-2009 07:18 PM

I think it should be ok.

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