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Was thinking of doing a 90 barebottom with just texas holey rock, would this work? If anyone has pics please post. Have no clue what trophs yet. Love bembas and also canary cheeks. We will see.
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This is just my personal opinion. Bare-bottom tanks are good for quarantine/hospital tanks, fry tanks, or any other kind of temporary holding tank, and nothing else. Substrate does so many things for your tank. Aragonite for instance buffers your water for pH. Different shades of substrate help the colors of your fish come out. My trophs like to sift the sand sometimes. I'm not sure if it has any effect on spawning, but it might. In conclusion Holey rock good, bare-bottom tank not good. Again, it's just my view on it.
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Bare bottom tanks make maintenance very simple. If you go bare bottom, make sure you paint the outside of the tank floor with a light color of paint. It will look better to you and the fish will feel more secure. I use BB tanks in my fish room, but not for my display tank.
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I have a couple of friends here in Houston that have bare bottom tanks . They said that they had no complaints about it at all . They both said that the tanks always stayed super clean .
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I know that sand has a greater surface area for bacteria to grow. And for some reason when my fish are breeding, they tend to pick up a few grains right after they lay eggs. Still don't know why.
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I know that sand has a greater surface area for bacteria to grow. And for some reason when my fish are breeding, they tend to pick up a few grains right after they lay eggs. Still don't know why.
Agreed. Sand does hold bacteria, but eliminating the sand will make very little difference if you already have mature filtration running.
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