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Aquarium Gravel
       
This page continues the discussion of Aquarium Equipment with information and advice about aquarium gravel and gravel washers that are used to clean aquarium gravel.  

 

 
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Pet Fish Talk, an MP3 PodCast, is a weekly internet talk show about keeping pet fish, such as Tropical Fish and goldfish, in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds. The shows were hosted by the Bailey Brothers, DrTom and Nevin, Click on this image for more information.  
Click here to hear a Special Interview on Pet Fish Talk about the EcoBio-Block Family of Products, which are very effective at keeping aquarium water clear.
 
       

1. What is Cultured Gravel?
is normal aquarium gravel with a layer of beneficial bacteria growing on the surface of the pieces of gravel.

You can buy normal aquarium gravel in most stores that sell pet fish. But new gravel in the bag will not be cultured. Sometimes a fish store will sell you a handful of cultured gravel from one of their aquariums. 

Fish bowls need a layer of cultured gravel about 1/4 inch thick, so the bacteria living on the gravel can biologically remove waste from the water in the fish bowl.

But an aquarium with a power filter and a BIO-Wheel does not need gravel, because the beneficial bacteria grow abundantly on the BIO-Wheel.

A layer of gravel, that is more than 1/4 inch thick, often gets full of uneaten food and causes pollution problems. So don't have a layer of gravel more than 1/4 inch thick in your freshwater aquarium or in your fish bowl.

If you are a beginner with your first aquarium, be sure you get a filter with a BIO-Wheel and don't put any gravel in your aquarium.

If you like the appearance of gravel, and you've mastered feeding your fish so there are no uneaten bits of fish food to pollute the gravel, then add a thin layer of gravel not more than 1/4 inch thick.

If you decide to have gravel in your aquarium, use your net to stir it gently to see if the gravel is full of waste. If it is, then you need to immediately clean your gravel. Click here for more information about cleaning gravel. In the future be sure your fish eat all the food you feed them. Click here for more information about feeding fish.

 
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2. Safe Gravel
Not all gravel is safe for fish. Some gravel may contain toxic minerals. So you should always buy gravel that is labeled for use in aquariums. Generally everything that goes into your aquarium should be labeled for use in aquariums.

Where can you get cultured gravel for your fish bowl? We send a bag of cultured gravel with each of our Fish Bowl Kits. Alternatively you could ask a friend, who has an aquarium with gravel or ask your local pet store for some gravel from one of their aquariums.

You only need a handful of cultured gravel to mix with your new gravel. The beneficial bacteria from the handful of cultured gravel will quickly grow and cover your new gravel.

 
 
3. Gravel Vacuums
If you have only 1/4 inch of gravel in your aquarium, you can just stir it with your net each day to help particles in the gravel get into the filter.

If you have more than 1/4" of gravel, you should not stir the gravel. Instead wash the gravel with a Gravel Vacuum. Don't get the kind of gravel washer with a bag that puts the water back in the aquarium.

 
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noSpill, Clean and Fill, the Only Complete System to Clean and Change Aquarium Water from Python Products. Click on this ad to learn more about the noSpill.
 
 
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Books about
Aquarium Filters and Filtration
The books shown below are listed on Amazon.com. You can click on the title or on the image of a book to go to the page at Amazon.com, where that book is listed and discussed. In some cases you can preview several of the pages in that book.
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   Aquarium Filtration
By Richard F. Stratton
Hardcover
64 pages
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Aquatic Systems Engineering
By Pedro Ramon Escobal, Martin A. Moe, Jr.
Paperback
272 pages
 
 
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Important Aquarium Products

For excellent health, pet fish need very good food and very good water conditions. These five products are very important.

 
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 Best Selling Books 
     
  Click here now to order The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums, a bestselling reference, offering an easy-to-understand look at setting up and maintaining a successful first freshwater aquarium.
     
  Click here now to order The New Marine Aquarium: Step-By-Step setup and stocking Guide, the best selling book about starting a new marine aquarium.
     
  Click here now to order 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish: A Visual Reference to the Most Popular Species, a beautiful book, lovingly written and illustrated, with information for the beginner or the longtime enthusiast.
     
  Click here now to order Fancy Goldfish: A Complete Guide ... by Eric L. Johnson, DMV, and Richard E. Hess. The most encompassing and thorough treatment of the fancy goldfish hobby to date. Hardcover with 176 pages.
 
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