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Old 08-16-2011, 04:19 PM   #1 
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Tank without gravel?

So.. after a really frustrating day
I am without gravel.

I have a 10 gal I was planning on putting my new red betta in.
But I have no gravel. I can get some this weekend.


Would he be okay without any gravel?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:22 PM   #2 
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Yeah it would be okay without gravel till you can get some. Some people actually think its better without it because its easier to clean the tank but personally i like to have it in there i think it makes the tank look nicer.
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:28 PM   #3 
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Yes, as betta_newbie22 said, the gravel really is mostly for your enjoyment. Unless you have a planted tank, of course, but then you might end up using something other than gravel.

Gravel can, in an established and cycled tank, provide a home for beneficial bacteria. It makes a great buffer if you have to get a new filter because one died or something like that because it re-cultures the new filter much faster and you are less likely to have to completely re-cycle the tank.
So in short, gravel is nice to have, but not necessary.
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:05 PM   #4 
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oh thank goodness /sweatdrop

okay. thanks guys (:
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:58 PM   #5 
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This, and especially the related thread (below), raises the questions:
What is gravel for?
Is it just an aquarium tradition?
A matter of appearance?
Of more practical value in a community tank?
Only necessary in cycled tanks?
Any other reason at all?
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:08 PM   #6 
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Personally I prefer to use gravel to ground my plants, and to keep my fish from thinking their poo is a pellet (which happens a lot, surprisingly).
I haven't seen any setbacks from not using substrate, rather than it being less attractive. I don't use gravel in my quarantine tanks in order to monitor how their #2's look and if they've been eating.
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:36 PM   #7 
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You can always paint the very bottom of the tank to give it some color.
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