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I didn't know where to post this.  It's kind of fish and plant related.  I'm looking to put gravel into a new 125 gallon being setup.  Has anyone tried the "Rain Forest" gravel from Lowes?  It says stones are sorted by color and then crushed to size.  I assume that means no dye is used.

TYIA

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Rain-Forest-30-Pound-s/5000894579

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1 hour ago, KBOzzie59 said:

Says "natural stone gravel"  so I would say no dye.  And I will be checking some of that out myself.

My thoughts exactly. Did you notice the different colors? In the picture of the red vs the pink, the stones look sharper. Would that be something to worry about with bottom dwellers like loaches and Cory's?

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8 minutes ago, Lefty469 said:

My thoughts exactly. Did you notice the different colors? In the picture of the red vs the pink, the stones look sharper. Would that be something to worry about with bottom dwellers like loaches and Cory's?

Corys seem to do better with just sand. If you plan to keep corys, I'd be sure to keep a large portion of the bottom of the tank covered in sand. I like pool filter sand from ace personally.

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9 hours ago, KBOzzie59 said:

I have eco complete and various other gravels and our loaches and corys are doing fantastic.

 

 

Well I'll be damned. Thanks for sharing. I do notice that my corys like to dig through sand in search of food, so maybe keep a small part of the tank with sand where you feed them? Seems like they'll do okay though with the gravel, so choose what you think looks good!

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I'd like to replace the white sand in one of my tanks, but haven't really been thrilled with the Black Diamond Blasting Sand I've got in another tank. It's very soft to the touch, perhaps it's too fine, but took forever to settle out and still leaves little bits of "glitter" all over any hardscape in the tank. I've seen Ace Hardware pool sand recommended. How coarse is it? I was sort of hoping to try a bit of a chunky grain this time around.

I'm loathe to buy specifically aquarium substrate these days. The price always feels way out of whack compared to non-aquarium sand/gravel.

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Jumping in at the tail end of this, but one thing to consider is your budget and the depth of the substrate you plan to have. I really like eco complete but for the sake of dollars and efficiency I've started doing mixed substrate with a combination of Eco complete and pool filter sand. Everytime I'm at the hardware store I can find an opened and half-off bag of pool filter sand, 40 to 50 pounds of it, for like $6. I don't know your budget but I've found that was a big help so that I could put more money into lighting. Similar thing with a tank I set up at my kid's school - it was a 75 and I got pool filter sand so that I could afford to order a Fluval Planted 3.0 light. Just depends on budget and priorities.

Glad to see someone linked the short video of the riverbed with sharp rocks - I've found my cories do fine with just about anything.

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4 hours ago, Fishdude said:

Glad to see someone linked the short video of the riverbed with sharp rocks - I've found my cories do fine with just about anything.

Right.  Thanks @ererer for that.  I was worried too about the whole Cory's / Loaches on gravel thing, so I'm really glad I got to see that video.

I usually use eco-complete, but after watching the plant101 videos, I decided I didn't need it, and if I ever do a carpet, I can add some then.

@CoryJust wanted to say thank you for your insight and for sharing your knowledge and thoughts.

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