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I have a long-fin bristle-nose pleco and have had him for nearly a year, and I had him on a black aquarium gravel. WHen I moved I took out the gravel and have not put it back into his tank. I think it looks ok and am debating not putting the gravel back in. He has a driftwood piece across the tank, and a forrest of java fern, anubias, and a rosette type plant. Since I took out the gravel he has been exploring the tank more and been more active. Is it ok to keep a pleco without gravel? I find it easier to keep the tank cleaner but I have not seen others with bare bottomed tanks. If anyone has advice or feels like they could slap me for removing the gravel let me know. I like the look both ways and need help deciding.