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Old 02-05-2011, 10:41 AM   #1 
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Gravel or Bare Bottoms?

Hi, All~

Two days ago I removed all the gravel from my 5 gallon tank. It was just too difficult trying to move it around to clean up the debris. I'm much happier with the 'bare bottom' and it's so easy to clean. It may not look as pretty as the black gravel, but the water quality is better, so my fish Brooke is happier! What do you think?
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:13 PM   #2 
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I totally agree! I got rid of my gravel a while back and all my fish seem to be happier - I know I am to not have to clean it! I just added more stuff to the tanks to make up for it. So much easier to maintain...
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:19 PM   #3 
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And so much easier to see where the debris is. And I'm sure it doesn't much matter to the fish =)) !!
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:39 PM   #4 
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I've always liked gravel and rocks/pebbles that cover the bottom, but bare looks nice and clean too. :)
The benefit of gravel though is another way of looking at the tank and beneficial bacteria....some.
And the fish who like rummaging through it.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:51 PM   #5 
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After trying both multiple times, I have concluded that my bettas are healthier in bare bottom tanks. I think gravel looks better, but my fish look better in the long term when the bottom is bare.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:01 PM   #6 
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how do you keep the plants in place?
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:26 PM   #7 
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I have always had tanks with gravel ever sense I was little. To me a tank without it always looks incomplete.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:28 PM   #8 
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Gravel looks best.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:32 PM   #9 
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Gravel may look best, but I do have to agree-

I've found my bettas healthier without gravel,
and it is much easier to clean.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:39 PM   #10 
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I think just enough gravel to *barely* cover the bottom is a nice compromise.

I recently found out that gravel isn't really needed unless you have an undergravel filter. With a powerhead filter, I had 4" of gravel that wasn't doing anything but holding extra toxins in the tank.

As for holding the plants down, some of the better plants are weighted nicely. No need to weight them down, unless they're 'drifty' because of the filter current.

My new 20H has fine grain sand, for the corys and loach to play in. Sand, I am told, is easy to clean... the yuk kinda 'floats' on top of the sand, and gets drawn to the vaccumm without stirring the sand up.
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