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Old 12-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #1 
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safety of colored gravel

So Jack is having no health issues at all but I noticed that when I did my water change and vacuum today that there were a few little chips, maybe just the paint, from the gravel in the water. I got it all at the pet store and I have not seen this happen since I set up the tank a month ago and have done about a dozen partial water changes. Jack knows it's not food and he is not interested in eating it I was just curious if I should be concerned and change to a different gravel?
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:49 PM   #2 
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I had that happen when I had gravel in my 10g. I ended up removing it all together for different reasons.

Did you soak it/boil it before you put it in t he tank initially?
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I soaked it but I did not boil it, never heard of that.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:56 PM   #4 
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I soaked it but I did not boil it, never heard of that.
I read about doing it when I was setting my tank up but I didn't.

Truthfully, I decided to go with the round little pebbles rather than the aquarium gravel. I don't think the paint or chips coming off will hurt anything especially since he has no interest in eating it. My goldfish inhale everything in the water including floating waste and cat hair, all of which would get stirred up when I added water so I opted to remove it entirely.
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I was considering the round pebbles for my next tank but as long as Jack is healthy I think I'll leave him alone, he seems to love the bright colors in his tank. I took out hsi plastic tree and tried a silk one and he got mopey. he pouted in his cave for 24 hours until I put his plastic plant back in LOL!
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:03 PM   #6 
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Oh now that is just too cute!! I've never seen a fish mope before xD You got a bit of a little cutie pie on your hands there :D
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:03 PM   #7 
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A lot of the gravel specifically says not to boil it on the bag. I don't think the color breaking down is really a problem, but that's the reason I generally go with naturally colored stones because after a while it doesn't look too nice. I do a lot of that rounded natural river rock stuff.

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Maybe I'll see if I can find some bright colored stones so he can still have his colors.

and yes, he's a diva... I think I should have named him Elton (as in John LOL)
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Maybe I'll see if I can find some bright colored stones so he can still have his colors.

and yes, he's a diva... I think I should have named him Elton (as in John LOL)
xD That's awesome!!

http://www.petco.com/product/118883/...avelSubstrates
I almost bought those until I realized how many I'd need xP But they come in a couple different varieties and might work well considering his namesake :3
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