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Old 08-11-2008, 12:19 PM
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Default Is sharp gravel harmful to algae eaters?

Im looking at what type of gravel to use in my new tank and love the look of the white sand/small rock style. I am keen to keep a few catfish or otto's, will this kind of gravel be harmful to them as its quite sharp

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Old 08-11-2008, 03:24 PM
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Default Re: Is sharp gravel harmful to algae eaters?

Yes! Bottom dwellers can be injured by rough textured substrate. Read thru some of the posts in this forum and you will find that many members have posted much info on gravel and tank decor.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:30 PM
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Yes ive seen a few posts, I guess its getting the balance between the needs of your plants and the needs of the fish, in this case the bottom dwellers. I want both to thrive, ill have go to the pet store to get a detailed opinion

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Bottom dwellers like smooth rounded gravel, and they also like sand, avoid gravle that looks jagged or sand with coral bits in it.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:18 PM
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Default Re: Is sharp gravel harmful to algae eaters?

Yes it can be harmful to them marlon. As Dano and Neoblaze mentioned, any bottom dwellers prefer/should have smooth gravel or sand, as any rough edges will easily damage their mouth and barbels. They are prone to fungus because they rummage around in the gravel all the time and any injury could become easily infected.

I do not have live plants, but I don't think it matters too much what type of substrate you have for them, as long as there is enough substrate for the roots to settle (could be wrong about that though). Some sand may compact too tightly and strangle plant roots.

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Just what I needed, thanks Bernie
 


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