Most people assume the gravel, or substrateis only there to make their aquarium more attractive. If that is the case, is it a necessity or not? The answer is that it is not an absolute requirement, but there are many reasons why it's recommended.
I don't hate them but I am not a big fan of them for many reasons. First of all, you can see all the fish poop and uneaten food clearly which is not that pleasant. Third of all, it makes your tank more interesting and natural looking with the right colors.
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One of the first purchases most aquarists will make for a new aquarium, be it freshwater, saltwater, reef, discus, goldfish, cichlid or any other — is the gravel and substrate. Do you really need it? Are there alternatives?
Deborah is a fish hobbyist and is fascinated by small ecosystems. She enjoys caring for aquatic life, including goldfish. The most common method of tank care for an aquarist is to keep substrate in the aquarium.
While visiting Europe last Fall, I thought that most of the tanks I viewed looked for all intents and purposes like our tanks, I really did not notice many major differences overall or at least nothing that struck me as significantly different. The corals were big, colorful and very healthy in each of the tanks I saw, and aesthetically the tanks were all quite beautiful. To be honest the biggest difference I noticed was that most of their corals were big colonies and very rarely did I see small frags being grown out in any of the display tanks.
Today I would like to talk about bare bottom tanks, sand, and gravel as a substrate. We are going to look at the advantages and disadvantages of sand and gravel for our shrimp and fish. We will try to find the answer whether the substrate is even required.
By Soothing ShrimpJuly 16, in Care, feeding and breeding. I'm sure it's been done. Chemistry wise, it's no different than using inert substrate.