The Art of Aquascaping: Principle #3 – Choosing the Substrate

The substrate is defined as the materials used for the bottom of the aquarium. The type of substrate you’ll put inside affects the overall appeal of your aquarium. You must be aware there are numerous types of substrates. It can be for freshwater or saltwater fishes. Since this blog is dedicated to African cichlids, let’s talk about how to choose substrate for freshwater aquaria.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Gravel is the most and probably the most popular substrate. Try shopping around and you can see it in numerous colors. Some even have polymer seal to meet the required level of water chemistry. The first I bought a gravel for my aquarium, I got screwed. I chose the cheap gravel and to my surprise, it really destroy the beauty of my tank. From that time onwards, I learned not to buy any gravel available in the market. The quality must always come first before the price.

If you’re not satisfied with gravel, it’s still possible to buy other substrates such as shell grit, crushed marble, crushed limestone and coral sand. These types of subtrates have variety of direct effects on water quality. They have the ability to release substance and absorb it from the water. Therefore, it’s important to choose the right substrate carefully. Make sure it will not be a destruction to the breed of cichlid you are taking care of.

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3 thoughts on “The Art of Aquascaping: Principle #3 – Choosing the Substrate”

  1. have had my tank for about 5 weeks I have 9 cichlids, my problem is the water is slightly hazey the guy at the pet store said it’s normal and should clear in about six weeks, they don’t have a cichlid specialist, is he correct?

  2. the fish store set up the tank and so brought water that they said was already treated so should I be having this problem?

  3. @Robert R Thomas JR: Ask him why it’s normal to have a hazy water. He must give you clear explanation and must give you the assurance your cichlids are in good condition. If it’s also safe to clean your tank, clean it.

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