Can I Use Homebase Gravel In My Fish Tank

If you have sand in the bottom of your fish tank, the gravel cleaner will collect most of it.
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The substrate for a fish only aquarium serves the purpose of providing a surface for the beneficial bacteria to build colonies. With today’s filter technology, the size of the gravel doesn’t actually matter, but it is recommended to use a finer gravel if bottom feeders are home in the tank. The substrate should be about 2 – 2.5 inches in height, or roughly 10 pounds of substrate for approximately 150 square inches of tank surface.
The aquarium gravel cleaner is simply a tube with a hose that is used for draining water from your fish tank.
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When adding water to the aquarium for the first time, add water that feels cool to the touch, but not cold. Trickle the water in slowly so that you do not disturb the gravel. Pouring water onto a rock will reduce the impact of the flow. Continue adding water until the level is about 1 inch from the top of the tank. It is a good idea to let the filter run for a week before adding fish to the tank. Pros: You can keep your fish tank looking great and then instantly change the gravel once the temporary setup has cycled.
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Photo provided by FlickrThis is a quick pro tip on how to add new gravel to an existing fish tank
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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. The gravel in your plays an important role in the biological cycle of your overall aquarium. Along the top of the gravel on the bottom of the tank, bacteria grows, which is important for breaking down waste that builds up in that environment. Another function of gravel is to hold down any fish owners put in the tank as well as anchor plants to the bottom.Oh no! You need to clean or buy some gravel and need to wash it! The substrate of a fish tank is a term used for the covering on the bottom of the tank. It is primarily used to enhance the beauty of an aquarium, but can also change the pH balance or chemistry of the water by introducing chemicals, minerals or particles into the water. It can also benefit or harm fish and other aquatic dwellers in the tank, so the substrate must be chosen carefully. Gravel is the most common type of substrate. It creates a natural environment for fish and other tank mates. It comes in several varieties and is easy to use. However, you must learn how to prepare fish tank gravel prior to placing it in your tank to protect your fish and other forms of aquatic life.Two inches is a typical recommendation, with fish-keepers using a range of 1" to 2.5" for a fish-only tank. For a planted tank, you'll need an additional 1" nutrient layer below the sand or gravel, as described below in this FAQ.CLEANING FOR HEALTHY FISH: A step-by-step guide on how to easily clean your aquarium. Unplug everything. Remove 25-50% (depends on tank/fish) with a gravel siphon (vacuum gravel). Remove algae from glass with a soft sponge or scraper (a cotton t-shirt or paper towel also works). Clean filter media/parts and decorations in dirty/removed tank water. Add fresh water at the same temp and treated with chlorine remover (Prime or NovAqua/AmQuel). Put/plug everything back in/on. Done! Repeat…