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Substrate size?

Hi everyone,
I was just wondering if different fish needed different sized substrate? I was thinking that if it was to small the fish might eat it? Is that a possibility?

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lots of folks use sand so I don't think it's anything to worry about.


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I've currently got a little Firemouth cichlid that keeps eating my black-blast (fine sand) substrate and blowing it through his gills. It hasn't hurt him yet and he won't stop.

Thinking way back (15+ years ago now) I had a black-moor goldfish get a pebble stuck in it's mouth. I had to use needle nose pliers and pull it out before he suffocated to death. He survived and went back to eating substrate. . . . thus far, gravel has proved more dangerous than fine grit.
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I've currently got a little Firemouth cichlid that keeps eating my black-blast (fine sand) substrate and blowing it through his gills. It hasn't hurt him yet and he won't stop.
Lmao my German blue rams do that, it's so weird watching them lol.
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Lmao my German blue rams do that, it's so weird watching them lol.
My pygmy corys do that too. I think it's just a feeding technique.

And to answer your question, substrate size isn't really too much of an issue. Most people do recommend sand for catfish such as corys; but I have sand in the foreground of my tank with Eco in the background, and my pygmy corys don't seem to favor either one.

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