Discussion in 'Turtles' started by danomite7, Dec 13, 2008.
Well I am keeping the gravel in the tank as it looks good and he likes it!
gravel has a few different uses. Sludge that settles to the bottom of a tank (uneaten food, feces, etc) will be hidden amongst the gravel. As a result the water will look cleaner, but will not necessarily be cleaner. The stuff can feed small fish. As long as the gravel is not small enough for your turtle to eat it, and therefore pose an impaction risk, there is no problem with leaving it in there.
Yes that is going to stay in there so that it looks nice and that he likes it.
Gravel also acts as a home for benificial bacteria. Not a very efficient one, but it helps.
Your tank looks great. As for the gravel, it doesn't make that much of a difference for benificial bacteria. If you want to have more benificial bacteria you can get an undergravel filter.
I am happy with the set-up know though.
I keep my map turtle on gravel, and he has fun digging in it when some of his food sinks down in. It also looks a lot more natural than bare tank bottom. I always prefer my critter's homes to look as natural as possible.
Yea just I might get pond rocks so he doesnt eat the gravel by mistake.
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