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And then, at long last, once your trial hardscape truly pleases you, you are really ready to decorate your aquarium. There is a reason for this. Instead, methodically place your arrangements in your tank, one by one. After all, you cannot make any mistakes because you already made all the design decisions and you know that it will work. It is not necessarily the weight of the stones that will crack your glass, but the weight of the stone concentrated on a few grains of sand. Also, rocks placed on substrate will invariably subside over time. And then there are the problems one can have with tank inhabitants! It is amazing what determined digging fish can accomplish in undermining rocks that rest on gravel, by moving just one grain of gravel at a time! Use a clean paintbrush to flick substrate in below rock edges. If this does not do the trick, you may have to flush it in with a little water, which means you might have to siphon that water out again before your final fill, as it will probably be dirty. Then strew your pebbles and small debris in a way that looks natural.
Once you have set up your aquarium, it is important to keep the tank clean. When cleaning a fish tank, first remove the fish and place them into a smaller container. Remove all decorations and gravel and rinse them in clean water, then clean the sides of the aquarium with a sponge. Scoop out about half of the water in the tank and replace it with new water that is the same temperature. Then, return the decorations and fish to the tank.
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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.
Color 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.
Depth 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 Eforcase 100 Pcs Luminous Cobblestones Pebbles Stones Glow in the Dark for Aquarium Fish Tank Gravel Decorations,Fantastic Garden or Yard (Blue)