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albert_dao
05-31-2014, 03:17 AM
I use white gravel intended for freshwater. Looks like the pea gravel they use for cichlids, just whiter. It's non-porous and easy to clean. It's also cheap as dirt.

Gone are the days of vacuuming the same 5"x5" spot for half an hour only to find that it is still laden with mystery debris. 10 minutes on a 72 gallon and it's clean as a whistle.

I recommend wholeheartedly. And don't buy into that pH/kH stabilizing crap. If the pH of your tank is low enough to dissolve aragonite, you have bigger problems on your hands.

I propose a gravel revolution. Who's with me?

"Down with aragonite! We want the White!"

Or... "White gravel! Definitely better than the rest!"

Or... Can someone more poetic and politically correct help me with a slogan?

Edit: I'd like to make accommodations for the bare bottom crowd. You are welcome here too.... Y'all can interpret that in any shape or fashion that your hearts most desire.

monocus
05-31-2014, 03:33 AM
i prefer sugar sand myself as i like wrasses

Slyguy00
05-31-2014, 03:41 AM
lol your posts always make me laugh Albert. I use black sand, but if they made something similar in black id be all over it :mrgreen:

spit.fire
05-31-2014, 03:58 AM
Phhhh my wrasse did fine with bb

Madreefer
05-31-2014, 04:55 AM
Let's see if we can make this thread 11 pages long like that other goofy thread. A guy asks for tips/hints bout a dragonet and maybe 5 replies. I guess bitching seems to be the flavour now a days.
My .02. White is right
Bare bottom is unsightly and looks unnatural.
The biker wanna bees can stick to black.
Now bitch bout that tuff guys:lol:

reefwars
05-31-2014, 04:56 AM
I love bare bottom tanks



Really , I would have thought you a sandman?;pppp

Slyguy00
05-31-2014, 05:03 AM
Hahah Im not a biker wonna be Ill tell you that much, but I do agree bitching seems to be becoming the norm on this site. getting old pretty fast. The colour pop you get with black sand is unsurpassed by any other. Like it or don't

spit.fire
05-31-2014, 05:04 AM
DEEP SAND BED FTW

LIKE 12" THICK

reefwars
05-31-2014, 05:05 AM
I too love bare bottom tanks

geese seems like everyone loves the bare bottom eh lol

Slyguy00
05-31-2014, 05:05 AM
I didn't say that???? lol I hate bare bottom

spit.fire
05-31-2014, 05:06 AM
imo bare bottom is the best, with enough flow that your rocks move back and forth by about an inch

spit.fire
05-31-2014, 05:06 AM
I said that???? lol I love bare bottom

me2

Slyguy00
05-31-2014, 05:06 AM
Hahaha now were talking

Madreefer
05-31-2014, 05:07 AM
Really , I would have thought you a sandman?;pppp

Where'd you find that Denny?:lol:

Slyguy00
05-31-2014, 05:24 AM
me2

Lol i never said that and i dont like bare bottoms!!

monza
05-31-2014, 05:27 AM
Let's see if we can make this thread 11 pages long like that other goofy thread. A guy asks for tips/hints bout a dragonet and maybe 5 replies. I guess bitching seems to be the flavour now a days.
My .02. White is right
Bare bottom is unsightly and looks unnatural.
The biker wanna bees can stick to black.
Now bitch bout that tuff guys:lol:

Ok. Dragonet guy had solid answers only a couple of posts in. So all good.
Bitching thread is epic ridiculous.
Bare bottom is better. Are your wave makers the natural kind?
Sand in most cracks sucks, even for tough guys.

Slyguy00
05-31-2014, 05:30 AM
lol bitching thread is closed now anyways, I'm sure it wont be long before it moves to this one.

intarsiabox
05-31-2014, 05:36 AM
I dunno, some bottoms just need to be covered.

Slyguy00
05-31-2014, 05:37 AM
I dunno, some bottoms just need to be covered.

:lol:+1

monza
05-31-2014, 05:38 AM
I dunno, some bottoms just need to be covered.

Preferably not in lululemon.

Madreefer
05-31-2014, 05:39 AM
For Sale: One cup of high quality white Aragonite sand from an undisclosed island. $80/cup.
One cup of rich black sand from FtMac $25

Slyguy00
05-31-2014, 05:40 AM
For Sale: One cup of high quality white Aragonite sand from an undisclosed island. $80/cup.
One cup of rich black sand from FtMac $25

Lmao, thats awesome

Dez
05-31-2014, 05:41 AM
My aragonite was 10 yrs old when I acquired it and my system is going on 5yrs. I've never vacuumed at all let alone a 5" x 5" spot. My tank is still fine. Haha. Albert, I don't think you're going to start a revolution. You did however provoke discussion. :)

ensquire
05-31-2014, 05:45 AM
Preferably not in lululemon.

Lululemon is man's new best friend .....

monza
05-31-2014, 05:45 AM
My aragonite was 10 yrs old when I acquired it and my system is going on 5yrs. I've never vacuumed at all let alone a 5" x 5" spot. My tank is still fine. Haha. Albert, I don't think you're going to start a revolution. You did however provoke discussion. :)

How deep of sand bed?

albert_dao
05-31-2014, 05:53 AM
My aragonite was 10 yrs old when I acquired it and my system is going on 5yrs. I've never vacuumed at all let alone a 5" x 5" spot. My tank is still fine. Haha. Albert, I don't think you're going to start a revolution. You did however provoke discussion. :)

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You're what I'd call "lucky".

For the rest of us mere mortals who have to schlack all day against the evils of neverclean, aka aragonite, we just want some respite.

Bet if you were using FW gravel, you'd have exactly the same results.

Madreefer
05-31-2014, 06:17 AM
Lululemon is man's new best friend .....

https://mobile.twitter.com/FillWerrel/status/290634955078381568

spit.fire
05-31-2014, 06:28 AM
https://mobile.twitter.com/FillWerrel/status/290634955078381568

LMAO

Dez
05-31-2014, 06:34 AM
How deep of sand bed?


About 1"