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    can gravel scratch glass bottoms?

    Discussion in 'General Aquaria Discussion' started by JEAE21, Nov 9, 2007.

    1. JEAE21

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      i'm thinking of getting this tank but the former owner had gravel in it.

      and now i wanna keep it a barebottom.
      but will there be any scratches on the bottom and side of the tank from the gravel?
       
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      More than likely there will be.
       
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      Yes gravel can scratch glass.
       
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      gravel does scratch tank bottom.
       
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      thank you.
      will it be really? severe?

      i'm thinking of getting an oscar but i heard they are really messy and i should go barebottom.
      i don't think the bottom will be visible but if the bottom walls are scratched, then it might not look good..
       
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      if glass is scratched on the inside of the tank, as soon as you fill it with water, the scratches will disappear....as long as it's only scratched on the inside, it shouldn't matter at all really.
       
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      it souldnt be to noticeable
       
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      Just put a little sand in the bottom to cover it a bit. They will like it too.
       
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      thanks 3 above
       
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      It will scratch.

      The severity will depend on how you or the previous owner takes it out of the tank.

      I have scratched up the bottom of some of my tanks fairly bad by uncarefully scooping it out of my tank. However when full of water the majority of them will not be seen.
       

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