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Aquarium gravel- What kind of susbstrate to use in a planted tank? Different gravel types

Aquarium gravel- What kind of susbstrate to use in a planted tank? Different gravel types

what’s up fish tank people dustin’s fish tanks bringing it to you on a Friday who have
been even while apologize about that I’ve been busy I’ve been out of town
been a wild having a lot of fun though I had a lot of real good time showing off
my boys reef tank by the way I was completely sober making that video that
was my boy I had not seen him and I don’t know almost a year I haven’t
showed his tank off I love the love the comments on there though thought it was
real cool so yeah glad to show my dudes reef man I got him in the hobby it was
cool but so yeah we’re trying to get him a YouTube channel but we’ll see here’s
what’s going on I want to talk today I was actually in the fish tank TV chat
last night I had some people asking me about gravel well I happened to have
gravel a bunch of different types of gravel right now so I figured I’d talk
about it this is gravel I got they came with the 125 I’ve got a nice little
trick to show you in a second here but I want to show kind of my thoughts on the
gravel a lot of people ask me about eco complete I actually don’t look I’ve used
it once I’m not going to say it’s bad product for those of you you know don’t
want the the mess of dirt and want just that real pristine tank those kind of
you know I don’t know it’s not my style because my tanks are all dirted but you
know if you want that eco completes go but I just want to talk today about
gravel and just kind of the different sizes and what I recommended and how it
would work not door just gravel touch a little on dirt but for me this gravel
right here is a little too large I would only use this kind of stuff in like a
goldfish tank or maybe a big cichlid tank but in a cichlid tank I probably
wouldn’t keep too many plants that’s another story but a little too large
this gravel right here is my kind of go to this is I really like this stuff I
think it’s great I think it’s a little too large as you can see the granular
size that’s a little too big for my liking but you got to think like this
folks think like a plant you know could you push it if you were a little tiny
root could you push down through this large stuff you know be easier to push
your root down through this stuff so that’s kind of
what I would say I don’t use sand and I’d love to hear your opinion on sand
some people love it some people don’t I don’t use sand I think it’s too fine of
a grade so this is the kind of the size grammar I recommended and before I use
dirt I use this stuff I used a real thick layer of gravel also when you’re
setting up your tanks I think it’s important to use like 75% of the gravel
that you have and then like put your plants in and then kind of fill in
around the plants with the extra gravel I think that’s important to do also use
natural colors I don’t know it’s personal opinion you know get your
colored gravel on out of there I mean it happens we’ve all done it I had a tank
with pink gravel and black gravel because I thought it was sweet so you
know just get your natural colors get your dark your Browns you lighter colors
are good too actually the best gravel I have is downstairs and the one one of my
rainbow tanks it’s a little smaller this the ideal size for me is about the size
of a BB gun BB I think that’s the bus but I want to show you this trick right
here they’ll check this out this can be done I’m using a filter container from a
this is off of an e Heim you can use a flew ball but this is a separate big
gravel from little and I think it’s pretty cool too so check this out just
scoop it in here blow it all up get it all in there and I’m going to take it
back over that piece of paper cut show you all how it’s done to check it so
what you do to remove your big round from your little gravity take it it’s
not too easy to do while holding the camera shaking but just shake it on out
here and that’s how you going to separate your gravel kind of a cool
trick every now and then you got to like kind of you know make sure it’s not
getting in the holes but and you know it’s easier to see here but just kind of
shake it off like that and then this is actually a fluorite
which i think is a pretty good gravel in fact I use the
laterally fluoride mix in my original 125 above the dirt so I use you get the
idea so I actually used the clay balls kind of thing above the dirt so plants
absorb this is from Greg Moran at sea camera right see chem as the bomb they
know what they’re doing said plants absorb four to four hundred
times more nutrients through their roots so you’re really going to want to do it
right with the gravel um I use read play that would you I would suggest using red
clay in your gravel because it makes that iron that I think it’s I don’t to
get too scientific with the FB three positive I think it is is the one isn’t
able to be absorbed by the roots so you know good sized gravel here that’s it’s
a really good size you know fluorides good stuff I mean see
comics you can makes great products so I’ve never used a mono soil I talked
about it a long time ago never got around to it two young kids apologized
but someday that’ll get done when I’m doing this full-time but so yeah I’m
having some fun with it I want to show you guys some gravel this stuff you can
get it anywhere go for it if you can’t find the better stuff the fluorite you
get what you pay for I think it’s pretty good stuff
I wouldn’t recommend the big stuff eco complete I’d like to hear your opinion
on it I’m not a huge fan of it but yeah that’s what we’re doing so that’s my
go-to if I’ve got it I’ll use this I’m obviously going to be doing this trick
this trick is pretty sweet love it shake it you can use a food wall
you can also let me use whatever you got I mean if you got like a spaghetti
strainer some the battle that will make separating out grab a little easier
mines will show you the greenhouse so this is what’s fun folks so I got I got
the awful Friday I actually worked a little bit today back to the greenhouse
though and here’s what we’re doing I left Steve’s tank alone you all be
proud of me for that so Steve’s tank looking pretty baller in
there um trying to shut this greenhouse store
and I move the 125 in here so my project because I got a babysitter over here is
I’m going to build this all up same deal as this slide this over so I have the 40
over here and then the 125 here and yeah I’m going to hang out in the rain in the
greenhouse I’m going to get that tank cleaned up too and show you more of it
so 125 out of your folks we’re excited about it
happy Friday let me know your thoughts on gravel I’d love to hear it like

0 comments on “Aquarium gravel- What kind of susbstrate to use in a planted tank? Different gravel types

  1. Hey Dustin can I raise grade of my seachem flourite with cheap black aquarium gravel to give depth to my tank I wanna slope my aquascape from back to front?? Please help!!!

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