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Angel079 09-01-2009 04:08 PM

Alternative to "aquarium gravel"
 
Got a question for y'all....you know how you can utilize regular play/ kids sand for the tank vs the normal "aquarium" sand?
Was wondering if there's such alternative for gravel too, as I wanted to set up both tanks with gravel....Hit the home stores or not is the question.

Twistersmom 09-01-2009 04:15 PM

I have read and seen many pictures where people have used river rock or pea gravel from the home stores.

Some people say not do it, you risk contaminating the tank. Personally, I would not be afraid to try it. I even bought a bag of pea gravel from Lowes to use, but decided to do sand instead.

Byron 09-01-2009 04:21 PM

Landscaping and stone retailers sometimes have various gravels and sand. The critical issue is that it be inert, i.e., not affect the water chemistry. Gravel comprised of limestone, dolomite, marble, or coral will add calcium to the water over a long period of time, raising the pH and hardness; these gravls are OK in marine tanks and rift lake cichlid tanks and brackish tanks, but not in aquaria where you want lower pH and hardness. Other ingredients may be mixed in for specific purposes. Know what you're getting before putting it in a fish tank.

The other concern is the sharpness of the grains. Most aquarium gravels made for that purpose are rounded grains that will not cause harm to fish, particularly bottom fish. Some gravels are angular and the sharp edges can perforate fish and also affect barbels on bottom fish like catfish.

Byron.

Angel079 09-01-2009 07:45 PM

To be honest I never even looked to check what the home store real has. When I first thought about it my worry was the stuff being treated with some chemicals to enhance outdoors colors or lord knows what they think of doing...
@Byron: If I was to get cory's again, i'd def NOT use gravel period no matter which kind, but sand, I know many folks have them on gravel grounds, but I do not find that appropriate.

Rohland 09-02-2009 01:38 AM

I have my cories on sand. And have one cory before on gravel. They love being in groups and playing in the sand.

I got mine from Home Depot. Just clean it very well.!

willieturnip 09-02-2009 07:33 AM

Anything bottom dwelling with frail fiddly bits should only be kept on gravel, in my opinion of course.

Rohland 09-02-2009 01:48 PM

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Originally Posted by willieturnip (Post 237149)
Anything bottom dwelling with frail fiddly bits should only be kept on gravel, in my opinion of course.

What are the frail fiddly bits?

aunt kymmie 09-02-2009 02:09 PM

Delicate barbels as seen on loaches, cories, and such.

Rohland 09-02-2009 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 237286)
Delicate barbels as seen on loaches, cories, and such.

Okay, but if its gravel it should be very fine! That is why sand is recommended for those types of fish.

MoneyMitch 09-02-2009 07:51 PM

go with sand its about 90% cheaper then buying substrate from your lfs. its good for plants, fragile fish and to some people it looks a lot better not to mention the easier maintenance for sand. Money


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