Im trying to find a small, smooth, rounded gravel that would be suitable for Dwarf Chain Loaches.
I would ideally like a black small grade gravel on top of a plant substrate. I found that Pettex Roman Gravel is supposed to be suitable for barbed fish and bottom feeders. But from the picture, the grains look a bit sharp.
If you have this gravel with any barbed fish (especially Loaches), Id appreciate your thoughts, opinions & experiences.
Or, if you have Chain Loaches - what substrate do you have?
Im not keen on sand if I can avoid it.
JBL Manado has been suggested to me if I cant find anything else suitable.
Thanks for your replies. And sorry for the delay - Ive been decorating!
Im still holding out for confirmation on the Pettex Roman Gravel. Simple reason being that I have a spare bag of JBL AquaBasis Plus plant substrate left over from my current tank and it seems a wicked waste of money not to use it in my next tank. And Im pleased with the results. But its not a standalone substrate and therefore needs gravel on top.
However, I have been researching standalone plant substrates and from what you guys say, Flourite is sounding good so far.
Ive also been looking at ADA Amazonia.
Cant decide what exactly the difference is between I and II though. If Im understanding it right, Amazonia II breaks down quicker and also is more designed for harder water (as there was clouding issues with hard water + Amazonia I). As Im softer water, Im guessing the original Amazonia would be the one to get, if I went for either of them.
Eco-Complete: Have looked at this also. For some reason, I ruled it out but I cant remember why!! Likewise with Oliver Knotts Nature Soil.
What puts me off standalone substrates, is that Ive read they break down quite quick and a year-or-so down the line you end up with a mushy/muddy mess in the tank which then means stripping the tank down to replace the substrate. Any opinions on this???