Display tank gravel

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  1. caddy

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    Quick question. Is it better to have gravel or just a bare bottom tank?
     
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    Very controversial and debatable question Caddy. My answer:
    Is the sea "bare bottom"?

    My opinion is that my sand bed helps with filtration, as well as provides food for my tank.....
     
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    i agree with jacquesb and it makes the tank look more pretty :thumbup:
     
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    I was thinking of going without gravel. But was thinking of pouring some glue onto the floor and spreading sea sand over it so that it looks like their is gravel. Would that work? Would it cause any problems?
     
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    It shouldn't maybe you should rather use silicone and spread it flat with something... Then you know it's safe
     
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    Im just worried about over time that the silicone starts pealing off with all the flow. Is their not a marine friendly glue or resin?
     
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    And one day, for some reason a small patch is ripped or scraped off. And what then?

    Just go with a 1-2 cm fine sand, either the real thing or play sand.
     
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    Looks like thats what im gonna have to do. Unless someone comes up with a genius idea?
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i agree with Jacquesb

    bare bottom ocean.... huh? are we not trying to create a mini ocean .....
     
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    It all depends on what you want to keep. If you planning on going the LPS, Softies, FOWLR route, go with substrate.
    If you going the SPS dominated route, go BB. This way there is very little to almost no detritus settlement, as every time you do a water change, just syphon of the detritus. Once again, it is up to you. Eventually you will end up with a pink base (coralline algae).
     
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    I would stick to the sandy bottom like jacquesb helps with the filtration.
     
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