Old Gravel Substrate

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by sleow, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. sleow

    sleow Valued Member Member

    I am seriously contemplating switching out the gravel I currently have in my tank for PFS to make my corys happier.
    The tank I bought came with a good 2-3 inches of gravel covering the bottom of my 30g tank, so there is a bunch of it and I feel bad throwing it out, but don't know what else to do with it! What do you all do with the old gravel you take out of tanks? Do you keep it for future tanks, repurpose it, throw it out? If you keep it, how do you store it? I feel like this is a silly question, but hopefully you all have some ideas for me :)
     
  2. JoeCamaro

    JoeCamaro Well Known Member Member

    Start another tank :) Poor gravel needs a new home.

    Joke aside, you could put it up on your local online classifieds site either for sale or for free. Somebody starting a new tank could benefit from it.
     
  3. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    I trashed my gravel, I don't think I could go back to it...so I figured why keep it?
     
  4. shutterbug13

    shutterbug13 Well Known Member Member

    I also felt really bad about throwing out my old gravel so I keep outside it in an old bucket where it has been for almost a year. I finally found a use for it! I'm going to try growing extra plants outside this summer in my extra 29 gallon with some miracle gro potting soil so I'll use the gravel to cap it.
    You could probably also use it for potting flowers or something like that too (I think people sometimes use gravel under their soil in pots for aeration or something like that?).
     
  5. OP
    OP
    sleow

    sleow Valued Member Member

    Thanks everyone! I ended up bagging it up in four 1-gallon sized Ziplock bags. I figure I'll hang on to it for a while and if I don't end up using it for my plants like @shutterbug13 suggested, I'll probably try to "re-home" all of it to someone else who can use it! :happy:
     




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