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How much substrate for 60 gallon tank?

Hey guys, I was wondering how much lbs of gravel/substrate would be needed for a 60 gallon long tank? The tank dimensions are L: 48 inch, W: 15 inch, H: 18 inch. I was thinking of getting 20 lbs of Eco-complete and 25 lbs of Estes black ultra stone for a total of 45 lbs of substrate. The Estes is found at Petco for $13.99 ( and the color is pretty black:

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I don't think that will give you a very deep gravel bed. If you are set on mixing the two, I would get 60lbs of eco-complete and 50lbs of regular gravel. That should give you 3 inches or so.
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You would need 100 lbs of Eco-Complete to get a 2.5" depth.

93 pounds of regular gravel would do the same.

So you might as well figure on 100 lbs of substrate.
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