gravel size - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 23
I already have gravel from my past tanks but there like 5-6mm in size. Will this work for planted tanks?
chinomano147 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 02:15 PM
Planted Tank VIP
GulfCoastAquarian's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 3,578
5-6mm isn't too bad. Just a hair on the coarse side, but you could do a layer of laterite, profile or kitty litter on the bottom to fill it in a bit.

- Sam P -
plantedtanker in limbo - all tanks currently in storage
GulfCoastAquarian is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2004, 08:38 PM
Wannabe Guru
trenac's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: North Carolina, Traid area
Posts: 1,044
Ditch the 5-6mm gravel and go with a smaller gravel 2-3mm. If the gravel is to big it allows to much debris to fall through, if to small it will be to compact for the roots to grow properly and will not let the water circulate.

He who angers you, controls you!
trenac is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-04-2004, 03:17 PM
Planted Tank Guru
malkore's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 2,165
or fill with some smaller gravel,a nd just have a light layer of the big stuff on top.
i'd say 6mm gravel on it's own it too coarse.

Filstar XP2 PIMP #3
Visit my aquarium pages - see specs on my tanks, and photos of how they've evolved
malkore is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-04-2004, 04:42 PM
Are these real?
Wasserpest's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Monterey, CA
Posts: 15,526
I'd say if it is fairly round gravel, it is too coarse. If it is flat, oval, whatnot gravel in different sizes and shapes, it wouldn't be to bad, and adding some nutrituous layer underneath as Sam suggested would make it quite suitable for planting. Glosso wouldn't work though.
Wasserpest is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Replacing Gravel With Sand randomrambler Substrate 7 08-18-2004 08:59 PM
Mixing eco-complete and old gravel and mulm Fat Guy Substrate 6 06-29-2004 12:51 AM
Does size matter ? AussieTanker Substrate 7 05-13-2004 02:55 PM
flourite and gravel, layered? Anonymous Substrate 5 02-10-2004 08:10 PM
CO2 Reactor Size... mattrmiller Equipment 1 09-12-2003 04:45 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome