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bhone20 04-11-2009 04:55 PM

making my own substrait
hello everyone! i haven't been on for a while.I wanted to say hello to all.

I have my 10 gallon living room tank that is leaking on the bottom plastic molding.I want to take it outta there(I have another replacement tank to replace it and the lil convict in it can go in my 20 until cycling is finished).I am going to fix the leak and set that tank aside for an emergency tank. My question is how and what steps do I do to create my own gravel.I have a pile of 5/16" gravel that I would like to make 10 pounds of gravel from.Can it be done?.Is there a type of clear coat that needs to be applied?

thank you!!


willow 04-11-2009 04:59 PM

can't help,just want to watch this topic for the answers,
and say nice to see you. :)

jadedragen 04-11-2009 06:16 PM

im not sure i understand the question. you have gravel and you want to make more from what you have, or you just want to add to what you have?

MBilyeu 04-12-2009 12:22 AM

I think I understand what you are asking, and the only thing that I would do is to use some sort of sifter to get out anything(like dirt) that you wouldn't want in there. There is no sealer or clear coat needed as long as it is not a type of rock that would have an effect on water parameters(i.e. limestone). I personally wouldn't do this though, because you never know what type of chemicals your gravel has come in contact with which could leach into your water. If you are set on using the gravel, then sift out everything you don't want in there, and then rinse very thoroughly under hot water many times before letting it air dry. Good luck!

aunt kymmie 04-12-2009 10:57 AM

Nice to see you back, bhone20!

bhone20 04-12-2009 04:19 PM

thanks everybody. Its good to hear from you all!

Amphitrite 04-12-2009 06:23 PM

Welcome back Brian! As for the gravel, where did you get it from?

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