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Hello KoKos Members! How is everyone? I am doing fine myself.

Any who, I wan't to have a tank that is bare bottom and have substrate, what do you guys and girls think of this idea?

How would I go about and do this? Any suggestions? Thank you! :D

If you are curious to why I want to do this, this is because I feel my filter isn't picking up everything, and keeping up with the gravel is really annoying me! That is why if you are interested to wonder. :)

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Hello!

I'm going to be honest... It's won't work. :peeka goldfish are "great" redecorators and love to "help" us humans move stuff around. If you are not liking your gravel, have your thought about going 100% sand? :)

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Agreed with Mikey I'm afraidxD I have those glass pebbles on the bottom of my tank and no matter how much I try to spread them out evenly the next day there is always a huge gap where they have pushed them away to where they want them (generally to the back of the tank xD)

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http://ripariumsupply.com/tank-planters/

That is how I do it.

E: so did your parents let you upgrade?

Wrong thread? :peeka

nope.
Oh. Oops. :peeka didn't see where plants came in :rofl

The gravel in these is my substrate in my bare bottom. And it stays in the planters because the fish can't get to it..

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http://ripariumsupply.com/tank-planters/

That is how I do it.

E: so did your parents let you upgrade?

Wrong thread? :peeka

nope.
Oh. Oops. :peeka didn't see where plants came in :rofl

The gravel in these is my substrate in my bare bottom. And it stays in the planters because the fish can't get to it..
Gotcha :)
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Didn't Tithra do this at one point? She had the substrate in little glass containers. It looked nice, I thought.

Yep, many of us did the glass container thing. The only issue with that is that the fish can take the substrate out of them and put it where it does not belong. The planters eliminate that issue, as well as the necessity to vacuum out the containers. :) No solid waste gets in and the plants still get nutrition from the water.

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I did that when I had a barebottom tank. :)

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My fish were pretty obedient to not spitting the gravel all over the place, but this doesn't apply to all goldfish. They didn't have a big interest in foraging in it. I took the planter out, eventually. Not because the gravel was getting everywhere, but because it was becoming a burden to move around the planter with every WC and it was heavy. Not only this, but it was a magnet for algae.

If you were to put sand in them, certainly they would probably make a mess. :rofl

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http://ripariumsupply.com/tank-planters/

That is how I do it.

E: so did your parents let you upgrade?

I do not currently need to upgrade if I am correct. I did some measurements and I believe these still have plenty of room to grow into with!

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http://ripariumsupply.com/tank-planters/

That is how I do it.

E: so did your parents let you upgrade?

I do not currently need to upgrade if I am correct. I did some measurements and I believe these still have plenty of room to grow into with!

Did you read what Tammy and I said to you in your "So Many Goldfish Types!" thread?\

Yes, you do need to upgrade if you only have a 10 gallon aquarium. There is no doubt about that at all. We do not go by the "inch of fish per gallons" rule here and there are several reasons for that.

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http://ripariumsupply.com/tank-planters/

That is how I do it.

E: so did your parents let you upgrade?

Those are really neat Chelsea. Someone else on here uses something like that also. For the life of me I can't think of his name. He's fairly new and has two fish with a 45g I believe recently set up over the last month or two. ????

If you don't want sand/gravel all over your tank and want live plants those planters above that Chelsea recommended sound wonderful. You could put the plants in glass containers but more than likely some of the sand/substrate will come out and scatter onto the bottom of your tank. I don't think it will necessarily look bad though.

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http://ripariumsupply.com/tank-planters/

That is how I do it.

E: so did your parents let you upgrade?

I do not currently need to upgrade if I am correct. I did some measurements and I believe these still have plenty of room to grow into with!

At the end of the day you're a free agent and are able to do what you want, but do strongly consider against housing these in your smaller tank. You are dealing with another life, so, while self-indulgence can sometimes be good, it is not always and can be to the detriment of others. Take from this what you will.

Either way I wish you the best with your aquascape. :)

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