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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-21-2008, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Gravel question

I picked up a bag of 3/8" river rock from our local feed store and was thinking of using it in my 20 gal planted tank. Would this substrate be too large for a planted tank? I've done the eco-complete, and florabase route before and I was thinking of trying something different. I was talking with a local guy about his planted tanks, which are wonderful and grow like crazy, he only uses gravel but I can't remember what size it was. Thoughts and/or experiences would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-21-2008, 06:33 PM
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The main disadvantages to using gravel is that the coarseness does not promote root growth as well as finer substrates, and that (related issue) sometimes it can be hard to keep plants from getting uprooted by the fish.
IMO if I were to use gravel, I'd use pea gravel. Or mix in something else with a finer grain size for roots.

You really can use any tank-safe substrate you'd like, as long as you fertilize properly to provide the basic nutrients plants need to grow.





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you dont want rocks or gravel larger than your thumb nail, store bought pea gravel is really sharp and breaks into little pieces and makes a mess overtime. the cheapest substrate for me was this, i used aquasoil from home depot 7.00 for 10lbs, to light for plants really big but works great for smaller light plants, mix it with eco,gravel,or florite. i found eco complete for 18.00 shipped online on sale last month at that pet place that was a deal!
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I tried Home Depot pea gravel in a holding tank and noticed it was causing abrasions on the cories I had in it. Also, the size is a larger grade than I'd plant in personally, but I'm sure it could be done. Schultz Aquatic Soil is fairly cheap, inert, and a great size for planting.

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i have used that pea gravel in a bunch of tanks even planted and done pretty good. not the best but as good as any other non planted gravel.
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