Aquarium Gravel: Fish Tank Sand & Rocks | PetSmart

If you have sand in the bottom of your fish tank, the gravel cleaner will collect most of it.
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Thankfully this issue is pretty easy to clean up. It's simple to wipe away, no real scrubbing involved. The hardest part is usually getting it out of the gravel. If you don't feel like getting a catfish to help clean the tank there are other steps you can take to limit the algae growth. Read on to discover everything you need to know about this common aquarium issue.
The aquarium gravel cleaner is simply a tube with a hose that is used for draining water from your fish tank.
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You should NEVER rinse gravel with hot water, (at least not the artificial color ones) as this causes chemicals to be released, that will result in every single fish in your tank being belly up in under 24 hrs. Rinse gravel in cold or tepid water only! Aquarium Gravel | Gravel for Fish Tanks | Petco
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Two inches is a typical recommendation, with fish-keepers using a range of 1" to 2.5" for a fish-only tank. For a planted tank, you'll need an additional 1" nutrient layer below the sand or gravel, as described below in this FAQ. The gravel in your plays an important role in the biological cycle of your overall aquarium. Along the top of the gravel on the bottom of the tank, bacteria grows, which is important for breaking down waste that builds up in that environment. Another function of gravel is to hold down any fish owners put in the tank as well as anchor plants to the bottom. Most new fish owners do not realize how important the gravel or substrate on the bottom of their tank really is. For those that occasionally for their child as a pet, there is not much thought given to this at all. They choose gravel according to color, size and price and then wonder why the fish dies soon after purchasing it.So you want to clean the gravel in your fish tank, but you don't have a vacuum to remove the buildup that has settled around the little stones. There is a way to clean the gravel so that it can be reused, thereby saving you a little money. However, it will cost you some time. The end result will be clean gravel, a clean tank and happy fish. The best products for your gravel would be the natural type and color for your tank. Although, as previously stated, some fish owners choose bright pinks or reds, those colors compete with the and other fish in the aquarium. Also, due to the natural environment Bettas love, neutral gravel will feel more normal for your fish and actually reduce stress on them in general.A gravel vacuum uses the action of the water flowing through thesiphon (and through the gravel to get into the siphon) to loosendebris from the gravel and remove that debris and solid waste fromyour fish tank.Some other gravel vacuums have a valve in them that will allowwater to flow one way, but not the other. The manufacturers of theserecommend that you shake the gravel vacuum rapidly up and down in theaquarium to push water past that valve and into the tube. In thismanner you can get the siphon started by just getting water pushedover the lip of the fish tank when it can start to flow downward intothe bucket. I find that using this method always makes the aquariumunnecessary messy and often creates a mess. I also find that this isthe most difficult method to use to get a siphon started.After selecting an aquarium of the appropriate size for the fish you will be placing in it, the next decision should be what type of freshwater aquarium gravel to place in the bottom of your tank.