Tyler Cornett asked in PetsFish · 7 years ago

do you prefer sand or gravel in a 55 gallon freshwater fish tank?

there is going to be rainbow fish, tetras, angels, gourami, and german blue rams. im going for a driftwood heavily fake planted, and natural. im going for more of a white sand look or a river rock look what do you guys think??

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    i prefer sand it looks cooler heres some of my tanks with sand

    sturgeon tank (white sand)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Szf5v6Lqc4

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    tcup stingray tank (white sand)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j8JEnQ6it0

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    Tilapia, black convicts pink convict and blue gill tank (white sand)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNOOvapLrNU

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    red tail catfish tank (white sand)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKaa2avhW_A

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    spotted shovel nose hybrid catfish tank (brown sand)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvdKngC1CLI

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    Source(s): my aquariums
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  • 7 years ago

    Well the stock of you want I would go with a good type of gravel only because you can see debris in the bottom of the tank with white sand. If you like sand I would suggest getting some good bottom feeders like the cory cats because they sift through the sand well and you hardley see a mess. I had sand in my 55 gallon but i know have a live planted tank and I use Flourite. I love the way it looks and its great for live plants but since you are using fake I would go with a natural looking gravel even though personally I don't like it. Also the types of fish you want love live plants and driftwood... I have a tank of platnium pearlskin veil angels and german blue angels that love live plants...

    Source(s): many tanks along with many fish....
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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Gravel

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  • 7 years ago

    I always prefer sad, just because of the more natural look, for me i feel like its easier to clean, easier to plant plants in, i just love it ! My opinion.

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  • John B
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Something that is between sand and gravel. Petco brand of Aquarium Sand. I have it in all of my tanks. It works great with plants, catfish barbels, loaches, vacuums great, doesn't really get that dirty and I could go on and on.

    http://www.petco.com/product/115883/Petco-Black-Aq...

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  • Cj
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    I prefer sand in any tank period

    Source(s): looks nicer and more natural
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