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Mammaduck,
Aquarium gravel is a no-no for several reasons.
1. It provides little or nothing in the way of bio filtration...unlike live rock and live sand there just isn't as much are for bacteria to form and take care of your nitrogen cycle.
2. The gaps between the gravel are not suited for most detritus feeders like bristle worms....therefore food particles and waste that drop into the little gaps just sit there, never being processed, building up pollutants in your water.
3. Some freshwater aquarium gravel may have chemicals or materials that while fine in freshwater might leach into a system in salt water....though this might not be a problem for the fish (or it might) and the tank may seem fine for months, the first time this friend trys to put a coral or something similar in the tank it might react to the chemical or metals in the gravel.


And last but not least it looks bad...as far as a reef goes it just doesn't fit the "genre". The only advantage to the freshwater aqua gravel is cost and availability, and the risks and drawbacks far outweigh these.

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You people should be LOVING YOUR SANDSTORM....EMBRACE YOUR SAND STORM....there are people less fortunate who have not yet gotten thier tanks set up.....we would LOVE to be in the sand storm stage right now! I would give my left big toe to be adding sand to a fully assembled water filled tank right now!

Just kidding!

dave
 
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