How Much Gravel For 10g Tank

  1. a

    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    I read 1.5 pounds of gravel per gallon. Is it true? I need 15 pounds of gravel for my 10g?
  2. goplecos

    goplecos Well Known Member Member

    Depends if you want it planted or not. I ignore the pounds per gallon. A 1-1.5 inch depth is less confusing.
  3. OP

    abheeshs Valued Member Member

    But how much should I buy to get that depth?
  4. bopsalot

    bopsalot Well Known Member Member

    Not 100% sure, but 10lbs sounds about right. Correct me someone if I'm wrong.
  5. BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

    The gal rule is flawed because you want to cover a certain footprint, not a certain water volume.
    With 6 kilograms of fine gravel (grains are no bigger than 2-3 mm) I was able to get an inch depth at the front and a 2 inch depth on the back.
  6. M

    MyNameIsFish New Member Member

    10lbs is what I would recommend for a standard 10 gallon. (You could obviously go heavily depending on what plants you want or the look you are going for).

    The pound per gallon rule doesn't always work because there are different tank dimensions for the same gallon tank i.e. a 20 gallon long vs. a 20 gallon tall. For a standard 10 gallon tank you are fine with the pound per gallon rule.