I am looking for some serious help on searching for a new gravel for my 55 gallon fish only tank. I want to find a natural looking gravel that is not coated with anything (apparently from what I have read is that the coated gravel is not a good option).
I assume that the natural stones leech something into the aquarium (such as various minerals depending on the rocks) which would seem bad. This points me back towards the coated kind seing that the coating prevents the minerals from leeching correct?
Is it possible that someone can give me the pro's and cons of each option.
Also if i was planning on going with a planted tank I was looking at fluorite but the biggest question I have is if this stuff will eventually break down into mushyness! How long does this stuff hold up? If it holds up for an extended period i will go with that and a few easy plants to start.
Does anyone have any experience also with turface mvp. Does it hold up for long periods of time or break down to mushyness like some others?
Thank you for all the help with so many options its insanity and i want to make the most informed decision i can for my freshwater angels.
fluorite will not break down, its not soft. Ive also used both coated and noncoated and now i mix them and have never had any problems or heard of any problems from using coated gravel. As long as you buy good gravel for aquarium use it should be ok. any kind of sotne would leech minerals into your tank through erosion but that amount is so miniscule that you probably wont ever notice. If you use rocks from your backyard and not buy aquarium gravel, those will bring nastys into your tank. For using stones in your backyard you need to do a good scrub down and test it for gasses with something... i forget, but if it fizzes its no good, if it dont fix, its fine. No boiling rocks, may explode. Lastly, flourite hold its nutrients and gives it out fairly slowly, ive had mine for over a year and never changed it and my plants are fine. I started dosing flourish for the trace minerals though. root tabs also work, once flourite gives up all its nutrients its just normal gravel. Its also light weight so its prone to gravel vac accidental removal.
No idea what turface mvp is.
Have not done it yet myself, but I have read of many people using pea gravel from stores such as Lowe's without problems.
It has a nice natural look to it. You would have to was it well and do the vinegar test just to be safe.
I have flourite in a couple tanks, not breaking down yet, but have only had it a few months. Like SinCrisis said, its not easy to gravel vac without suckings some up.
Thanks that helps alot. I will have to go out and do a rock hunt to test what will work and make my angels happy.
Hmm bogwood ill have to look around for that! thank you again.
bogwood leeches tannins into your water, will turn your water a light teaish color. Will also affect your ph a very teeny bit, but angel fish like a little lower ph and the darker water so it works out.
Hey everyone could you please take a look at these stones. I found a landcape place near me that sells various types and sizes and want to get your opinion on if they are ok..of course i have to go and test them first though. i am going to test them using my nitrite testing liquid which contains hydrochloric acid. one last question though should i test them before and after being washed? i did this with some turface and it fizzed before but not after i rinsed it thouroughly. i cant find anywhere on the site as to what exactly the mineral of the rocks are though (quartz for example).
Here is a link to the location Resources - Pebble Junction, Inc.
the brown river jacks small size looks perfect and has nice colors to it i think.
love to know what you guys think
Don't take my word for it, but if it is truly river rock it would be fine to use.
Looks very nice! Did you get a price on it?
3-5 dollars for about 50lbs! ill make sure and ask if its river rock and if there is any limestone in it.
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