Brightly-colored small aquarium gravel is not a good option for cichlids. Dirt and sand may clog your filter or radically alter the pH in unpredictable ways. If you are incorporating new cichlids into an established community, no substrate is a good option in a quarantine tank. It ensures no parasites or bacteria develop that are transferred to the fish. No substrate is also a good temporary option for cichlids with skin conditions and other illnesses.
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Our premium adds a beautiful touch to your aquarium or fish tank. Designed specifically for use in freshwater aquariums, our gravel will not alter the chemistry of your aquarium water, and provides a great place for beneficial nitrifying bacteria to colonize. It provides living space for beneficial microbes and anchoring for plants. It also helps with the filtering process of the water in your aquarium tank by increasing the surface area available for nitrifying bacteria to colonize.
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It’s common for a beginner to start off with the standard brown pea gravel. To change the visuals of your tank experiment with some of the various colored pea sized gravel available. The darker colors provide a contrast between the plants and fish. It also helps to avoid glare in the water.
- Many fish appear to be more colorful with a darker background, ..
Most new fish owners do not realize how important the gravel or substrate on the bottom of their tank really is. For those that occasionally for their child as a pet, there is not much thought given to this at all. They choose gravel according to color, size and price and then wonder why the fish dies soon after purchasing it. The best products for your gravel would be the natural type and color for your tank. Although, as previously stated, some fish owners choose bright pinks or reds, those colors compete with the and other fish in the aquarium. Also, due to the natural environment Bettas love, neutral gravel will feel more normal for your fish and actually reduce stress on them in general. Size
When selecting your gravel you need to take into consideration everything that is going into your tank. High water flow angled downwards can cause a problem with tiny gravel. For ground walkers and snails small gravel may be the better choice. Plecostomus will love to munch on large pieces of gravel as they suck off the algae and many shrimp enjoy holding the large pieces in their many hands as they eat. Plants can easily spread their roots in both sizes, and algae can sink further into large gravel. Some fish even like to burrow into small gravel!
Ultimately smaller gravel need less, but more difficult, maintenance and are favored by most creatures. If however you own only free swimming fish and cleaner shrimp large gravel may be more your style. If you have tank mates who require different gravel you can even get two smaller bags of each, getting the benefits of both.
While this is a choice of preference we still want to make sure new owners don't buy without thinking ahead. Sure green gravel can look beautiful and provide a rich background. Add in a couple plants and there's suddenly too much green. Likewise with black gravel it may be too dim if you have dark fish with few decorations. Remember the aquariums are supposed to be unique and vibrant. Try a color you don't see every day or even mix two colors together. Solid black combined with grey stones can give you a rich charcoal effect while green and pink produce an uplifting spring time vibe.
Savvy owners can even match and contrast their gravel with their fish. Everyone knows the combo of glow fish and black gravel. Dazzle your visitors by contrasting black and red fish with a lighter color. Conversely white/silver fish with dark colors can make a beautiful pairing.
If you do not want any live plants and have few scavengers, just an inch will serve your tank well. This will save you both space and money. For those tanks full of plants and various burrowing fish a 3 inch deep bed creates a more suitable environment These all-natural types of gravel are a great alternative to using artificial plastic or rubber ornaments. Pure Water Pebbles aquarium gravel helps to bring out the colors in your fish and the tank back ground. Our aquarium gravel helps make a more realistic living environment for other pets such as reptiles, amphibians, hermit-crabs, lizards, and snakes.