Jump to content
Kokos Goldfish Forum
Sign in to follow this  
mygoldfishmylife

Type of gravel for 2 large goldfish?

Recommended Posts

Hi all! I currently have a bare bottom because it's the easiest to clean. I have a 55 gallon tank with 2 large goldfish. I used to use marble as substrate (about half an inch thick) but it would trap so much waste and make siphoning take so much longer. I'm afraid if I get actual gravel, my fish would suck it up since they like to scavenge among the gravel. What type of gravel do you recommend for larger goldfish? Thank you!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would recommend Sand over actual gravel :)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm a big fan of sand too!  Not more than a half inch thick works for me, so it's quite easy to stir up and siphon the waste. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just do the thinnest layer of sand, like, a cup for the whole tank.  The bottom shows through but it gives them enough to forage through and cuts the glare of the lights off the bottom.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for your inputs! I was going to ask, how would you prevent toxic gas pockets from happening and releasing into the tank? Using a cup of sand is a good idea. 

Also, if you were to decide to take out the sand of the aquarium.... how would you go around that? I'm sure that would be a pain:fishtank

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I scoop it out with a cup or bowl, and use airline tubing as a siphon to remove any of the rest I want out.  The narrow gauge of the tubing makes a pretty powerful substrate sucker :)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With my tanks with a thin layer of sand, I paint the outside bottom of the tank a flat black.  When sand does get pushed aside, it still looks quite natural and without any glare too.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven’t found the outside paint does much to cut glare but it is certainly better than just a straight mirror bottom!

We have black foam interlocking mats under my tank. Those are also pretty matte (no pun intended) and distribute the weight a little to prevent pressure spots on the acrylic.  Theoretically speaking, anyway.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love the look of acrylic tanks, but there's not much love in return!    I look at it funny and scratches magically appear.  

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...