Can I remove the gravel from a established tank to make it bare bottomed?

  1. Bettaperfection Initiate Member

    Or will that ruin the cycle?

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  2. Viriam Karo Well Known Member Member

    Do you have a well-established filter media?
  3. Jim Well Known Member Member

    How long has the tank been running?
  4. Adam55 Well Known Member Member

  5. Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    To second Adam... go fior it. Your filter houses 95% of the beneficial bacteria. Generally, your substrate needs to be very porous (the actual material, not the gaps between stones) to have any sizeable amount of beneficial bacteria.

    Out of curiousity, what is the bare bottom tank for? :)
  6. Chance Member Member

    I agree with Adam and phishphin! :)

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  7. VeggieXL Initiate Member

    I wouldn't worry about it. I did this last week to make my tank as clean as possible for my ailing betta.