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I use gravel in my 33 gallon and 2 gallon, but I have sand in my 10 gallon
 

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my cichlid tank has pink coral sand (something like that) specifically for cichlids....
my community tank has small grain gravel, with a patch of sand, and everyone hangs out by the sand. so on my upgraded community tank that is in the works, they will have sand--play sand from home depot....tested it out in a 10 gallon Q tank, and it looks great.

so, i say SAND.

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Different tanks get different substrate combos but here is a list of them all:
laterite
fluorite
Estes Walnut
Estes Bits of Walnut
Florabase
Large river gravel from stoneyard
Bare bottom
Ditto. I use eco complete in some, bare bottom in breeders, marbles in other breeders, gravel in a few.



 

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I've got decorative gravel it's green and purple. :D

Is any substrate better than others?

I've been considering crushed coral, I've heard it's good but I've got a UGF and assumed that the coral would just get sucked through the grates. Plus I'm a little wary of putting something that came from the ocean in my freshwater tank.

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It depends on what fish I have in the tank, if it's small neons then sand because they don't produce much waste.
But if it's my oscar tank then definately gravel, believe my, oscars waste floating around the tank and lying on bright white sand constantly really gives a dirty contrast and ruins the whole tank!
 

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Gravel. Like Cichlid Man said, Oscars really mess up a sand-based tank.
 

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Good things about sand: Don't have to gravel clean, eel like fish can hide in it, cichlids can move it more easily when digging pits to breed in, can suck off the waste just above the sand with a siphon.
Bad things about sand: Can't use an undergravel filter, good bacteria can't colinize easily, may get lots of debry floating around if filter isn't efficient, can't catch kuli loaches! :lol:
Good things about gravel: Can use undergravel filter plate to ensure bacteria are stable, traps floating unsightly waste, can remove debry very easily with gravel cleaner (siphon).
Bad things about gravel: some fish can damage themselves on course gravel, if undergravel filter is not used decaying food and waste can get trapped inbetween gravel and pollute the system, gravel cleaning can be a problem if not carried out regulary.

The choice is yours, good luck.
 
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