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Old 04-13-2010, 06:17 PM   #1 
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For those living with parents - Getting rid of stuff?

So I want to change my gravel, perhaps over the summer. I have white gravel, with those gems (assorted colors of clear/orange) around the tank. White is very pretty, although I would like black. I'm not worried about cycling or whatnot, I'll be keeping the gravel in cups for a while just for the sake of paranoia.

What I am TERRIFIED about it ... What to do with the white gravel?
Throw it out?
What?
What a horrid waste. LOL. It's really to the point where "I'll leave the gravel, and make the next tank black." I... absolutely hate the idea of throwing away gravel, and I even have EXTRA white gravel.

And I'm even more terrified about the parents... "We bought you this gravel with our money! You're wasting our money! What's wrong with you! No more fish!!" Etc, etc, etc, etc. Haha...

What are your ideas/takes on this?
Keep the gravel? Do something with the gravel? If so, how do I tell the parents? Etc. :)
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:29 PM   #2 
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I never throw away any fish stuff that is still useable. I keep my unused gravel in bags in a storage box.

If you want to get rid of it you could try to sell it on ebay or freecycle.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:14 PM   #3 
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I get tired of my tank colors so quickly it's not even funny. I take out my gravel and clean it thoroughly, letting it soak in a bucket of water to remove all the debris. Then I dry it (blowdryer!) and put it in a Zip Block bag for the next time I want to change my color again ^^

I don't know how much gravel is where you live, but for me its about $5 per 5 gallons of gravel, so my parents don't mind buying me new gravel. Well my mom gets irritated but she'll end up buying it anyways xD I just tell her that I'll reuse the old gravel later so it's not a waste of money. Or you could use your own! My mom's been making me use my own money frequently...

Geeze my mom's just like your parents tho :P Nag nag nag at every little thing, esp with fish. It's like.. just let me have my hobby!! Gosh >.>
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:31 PM   #4 
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lol! I'm 48 and I have a nagging mother.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:36 PM   #5 
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lmao i am SOOOO glad those days are over! WOW

Anyways.....i saw a tank with two layers of gravel.....you could play with it....see if u like white on the bottom with a top layer of black? Would be hard to keep that way tho when u vacuum the tank.

I say keep it! You nnnnnneeeeeeevvvvveeerrr know! U might have another tank or two in the future u could use it for! ;) ;)

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Old 04-13-2010, 10:37 PM   #6 
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My mother doesn't care. I can be like "Mom I need this." And she is like "Okay, which pet store do we need to go to?"
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:38 PM   #7 
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I really don't have this problem, but I just suggest you keep your old gravel and pay for the new gravel.

I pay for EVERY single penny of my fish stuff. So, if I need it, it's up to me to make some money and pay for it. :) Maybe if your short on money, ask your parents if you can do some extra work around the house/yard and get paid for it. :)
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:44 PM   #8 
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I wouldn't throw the white gravel out though.

Oh, I just thought of something! You could mix some of the black and white? I have a mixture of blue and black in one of my tanks. Just a thought.

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Old 04-13-2010, 10:58 PM   #9 
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I think you should "accidentally" contaminate it with something not fish friendly while cleaning and then tell your parents "ooooops! but my poor fish they need more gravel! :(" Make your lip quiver some too. That always got my mom when I lived at home. Haha.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:29 PM   #10 
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Lol, Brancasterr, I already used that!! Aw, too late, haha...

I pay 95% of my fish stuff (excluding the tank itself). This will include buying the new gravel, so money isn't the issue. It's the issue of ... "WHY?" Well, mom and dad, just because...just because. Haha.

There's no way I could have top black, and bottom white. My gravel vac would destroy it! Haha. I'm INTERESTED in black/white, but I'm not sure how it will look.

Gravel here is cheap. $4 for 5lbs, so it's a pretty good cheap price.

TheJadeBetta, I cannot wait until I am no longer victim to the parents, lol :)

And Starbright - I know right? "Why so many water changes? Why you do this? Why that? Do we NEED this? We've spent so much!" Etc, etc, etc. (Seriously, I paid 95% of it! Lol )
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