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04-17-2013, 06:51 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Specific gravel required?
I'm just in the process of setting up a new 30 gallon aquarium that will eventually house 2 black moor goldfish. I'm a complete beginner in regards to owning and maintaining an aquarium, so I'm currently learning and doing as much research as possible. I've tried searching for the following question, but when I attempt to read a post I'm greeted with a database error so I thought it would be best to post the question myself.
Is gravel type an important factor when setting up a new tank? For example do I need specific "aquarium" gravel or will Kiln Dried Quartz Gravel (3-5mm) for example suffice? I've come across a few folks mentioning pH levels, and fish choking on gravel, I certainly don't want to harm my fish so seeking advice would help me greatly.
Last edited by ash212; 04-17-2013 at 06:55 PM.
04-18-2013, 11:26 PM #2
Do a search here or Goggle on the Black moor fish had them way back in the 60's never since. wish I could help more.
Not all that hard though, just don't make it hard on yourself.
04-18-2013, 11:43 PM #3
As far as gravel goes, aquarium gravel that is available in most lfs has a coating on it to help protect the gravels colour and is pretty stable as far as pH goes.
Quartz as a substrate really doesn't break down in a tank so as long as the quartz is clean I see no problem in using it unless it has really sharp edges. Moor's like alot of fish will sift through the gravel looking for food and if the quartz is sharp it may hurt their mouth area.
In my very first tank I used stone I found along the side of a railroad track, washed it, and put it in my first 15 gallon tank.
The neons I bought didn't do well at all as the water started to cloud up. The stone I had put in was leaching stuff in the water, what a mess.
That was in the early "70's. I've since purchased my substrate.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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