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Thread: Substrate Size

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    Hey All !

    Does substrate have to be sand or small gravel ? Can I use small ( 1/4-1" and larger ) river rocks as subtrate ?

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    You do not need substrate at all. But sand or gravel is fine. If you get rocks that are too big, debris may get caught in them making your water quality less than desirable.

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    I like the look of natural river pebbles/rocks...what type of inhabitants are you thinking of keeping?
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    Nice to meet you Slaphppy7 ! I've been trying to do a 90 gal tank for a good while now. So sad. Every time I think I have what I want, I find something else that doesn't fit in, and keep changing it. I'm going with freshwater, and I'm leaning to kinda small fish, I think. lol. I'd like 2-3 schools

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    Thanks for the input kim92 ! I haven't found any pix of what I want with small river rocks, and was just wondering what the pros and cons were.

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    Pros: it can look nice
    Cons, it's difficult for plants to anchor, debris will drop down quite a way. It's not very friendly for most bottom dwellers.

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    Hi talldutchie ! Kinda figured the cons would outweigh the pros. I didn't think that smooth river rocks would work against the bottom feeders, though. Thanks for the info.

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    Nice to meet you too...let us know what you eventually come up with
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrellmoney View Post
    Hi talldutchie ! Kinda figured the cons would outweigh the pros. I didn't think that smooth river rocks would work against the bottom feeders, though. Thanks for the info.
    Your welcome. Quite a lot of the common bottom dwellers forage in the top 5mm of the substrate by rooting around in it. If they cannot do that most will live just fine but there's always something sad about it when they cannot do it.

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