Breeding tank setups - substrate

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    What do you use for substrate in your breeding tanks, if any?

    I have plecos and guppies in a tank with some course sand and I'm finding that I hate the sand in there. Not fun to clean. I'm thinking of just doing some gravel like I have in some of my planted tanks. I do have plants in this tank, thinking of putting them in pots so it's easier to take them out and catch fish.
     
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    I just run bare in most breeding tanks. Makes them easier to clean and if I have too remove fry/eggs. For looks you could put down a really thin layer of sand/gravel with the plants in pots.
     
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    A thin layer of gravel is an idea. Something easy to clean would be really really nice. The guppies/plecos are a messy bunch.
     
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    Yeah plecos are...I have a really thin layer of blasting sand in my L129 tank but they poop it up so quick i am thinking of removing it this weekend.
     
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    i go with bare bottom with my set ups
     
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    I hate bare bottom tanks but finally capitulated for breeding bristlenose plecos. I do have pieces of wood in there though with java fern and anubias attached. I breed my guppies though in heavily planted tanks.
     
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    I agree with @Loren -- I hate bare bottom, but my pleco tanks are impossible to get really clean with any kind of substrate. So much poop. :poo

    Also, if you are feeding fry, it's easy to overfeed and substrate would harbor that powdery food and before you know it -- worms! :eek:

    Because I hate the look of bare bottom, I used to keep a thin layer of sand and would siphon it out with the poop, rinse it and put it back in, but it was more trouble than it was worth.
     
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    Haven't seen worms but I've got loads of pond snails in there which I'm sure are cleaning them up. That's partially why I want to clean out the sand, get rid of the pond snails. They're havoc on my plants.

    I think I can try a thin layer of gravel. Should be easier to clean than sand at any rate.
     
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    Let us know how it goes. I haven't used gravel in a long time, but if it's easy to clean a thin layer, might consider using some in one of the pleco tanks. I have millions of little shrimp in the other and don't think anything will work on the bottom of that tank. (I wish I could spray paint the inside of the glass.) :)
     
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    Wow. Now that's a bunch of work!
     
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    Of all the substrates I've ever used, I like the nice round gravel - like pebbles. It comes in a large size and a smaller size and I mix them together. When you're vacuuming the substrate, the dirt / goo / poo releases like a dream, right up that hose. I have coarse gravel in the 29 Gallon in the living room and it vacuums up OK, but not as cleanly as the round gravel. If I ever redo that tank - which will surely happen at some point - that sharp black gravel is GOING.

    And if I've not said it enough - don't buy that dang Seachem Flourish! GAWD what a mess that crap is! It's a clay sheet-show! I mixed some in with my gravel combo and I think I'm slowly sucking it all up when I'm vacuuming Tank's tank.
     
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    I don't mind the flourish. I've had it in a couple tanks. It's in my shrimp tank. It's a planted tank though and I don't mess with the gravel too much. It must be working ok because the shrimp seem happy.
     
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    It's so messy to me.

    Yeah don't dig around in there or you've got clay clods on your hands - or tube. LOL
     
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    You mean Seachem Fluorite, right? That's not the one that's supposed to disintegrate so I'm not getting why yours gets clay like. That's strange.
     
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    I hate this stuff. HATE. IT. SO. MUCH.
     

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