Bonnie A asked in PetsFish · 1 decade ago

how much gravel should you use in your aquarium?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It depends on the style of your aquarium.

    If you are planning on putting artificial plants and other such decorations in it, an inch or two will be fine.

    Live plants require about two inches for the root systems to develop properly, and prefer a finer substrate such as course sand.

    You also don't have to put any gravel at all in the tank if you aren't planning on putting any plants in (artificial or live). This makes it easier to clean, certainly, but is not as attractive or natural looking.

    You don't, however, want to put too much gravel in your tank, as that creates a greater risk of the tank becoming too heavy.

    Good luck

    Source(s): Fish owner for many years
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  • 1 decade ago

    one pound per gallon. more if you are going to keep live plants. slope the gravel gradually from the back to the front with there being less gravel in the front. this will help the detritus to accumulate in the front of the aquarium and make its removal easier.

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  • 1 decade ago

    General rule is every gallon needs one pound. But it really depends on how much you want. The general rule usually only covers up the bottom.

    If you are going to have plastic plants that do not have weights on them, I reccommend making it deep enough to hold the plants down.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Couple of inches anyway sloping towards the rear of the tank , this assists when you a putting in plants.

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