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Old 11-10-2010, 06:12 PM   #1 
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Why do they advise 2lbs of substrate per gallon?

Who came up with this guideline?
Does it really effect your filtered tank's levels that much?
I don't like how mine look with this advice, too much gravel for my taste...I'm not cheap or anything,
it just doesn't mesh with the image I'm going for.
Don't most good bacteria live in the filter media, and not the substrate?
If I need more, I'll get it, but if not, I'll stick with less.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:17 PM   #2 
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It really isn't a big deal how many pounds you have. If you think you have too much, remove some. As long as you have some gravel for the bacteria to grow on, it's fine. The 2 pounds of gravel, in my opinion, is just a suggestion. Add the amount you want.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:19 PM   #3 
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I think they just say that so we buy more. About half of what they say is needed seems about right. I really doubt more is needed from a cycling standpoint either.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:19 PM   #4 
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You don't Need to use substrate if you don't want too,
The filter can hold all the bacteria you will need,

All my Live bearers tanks are bare bottoms as well as some others.
I prefer it that way, Makes it So much easier to maintain.
I just paint the underside Black to reduce the glare.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:21 PM   #5 
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It's more personal preference. I have 1.5lbs/gal in my 55 and 1lb/gal in my 10. I think I'm gonna do another .5lb/gal in my 10 so my plants have a little bit more to root into.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:39 PM   #6 
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Thanks guys...I thought it was just a ploy to get us the buy more...

The painting the bottom is a good idea, to give them an extra sense of security with the dark bottom.

I have many types of low light live plants and none of them are buried too deep in the gravel I have,
I leave some roots out, and 4-6 months later, they are still alive and kickin'.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:04 PM   #7 
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I personally go by that recommendation. That is only because I like the look of that amount. It gives about an inch-inch and a half of gravel on the bottom of my tanks. I don't think that this recommendation has anything to do with bacteria. I just like the look and it gives a good amount of rock to put in fake plants without seeing their bases.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:02 PM   #8 
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I agree Smoke, I add enough to hide the bases of any live plants I add for sure, it does help the look of the tank...But I push the substrate up over them. so it's kinda uneven.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:21 PM   #9 
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I personally go by that recommendation. That is only because I like the look of that amount. It gives about an inch-inch and a half of gravel on the bottom of my tanks. I don't think that this recommendation has anything to do with bacteria. I just like the look and it gives a good amount of rock to put in fake plants without seeing their bases.
me too.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:43 PM   #10 
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$$$.

Enough said.
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