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Kahime
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Gravel Size
« on: June 18, 2011, 08:43:11 PM »

So I've tried searching the forum and google and seem to find many different opinions on gravel size.

Some things say the goldfish should be able to put it in it's mouth, but not get it stuck of course, what size is that?

I've read alot saying that it should be pebble size, but seeing as pebble size can vary somewhat is there a certain size range I should look for when going to the store?
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fantailer
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011, 05:07:08 AM »

Pea sized gravel.
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2011, 10:40:08 AM »

It's hard to follow the rule of thumb that the goldfish should be able to put it in its mouth. The problem is that the size of gravel in a bag varies somewhat, so if it's slightly smaller or larger it could get stuck... Sad

Like fantailer said, pea-sized gravel is your best option.  Smiley
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Kahime
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2011, 02:26:35 AM »

Thanks both!

Though I guess I needed to be a bit more specific with my question Smiley

I'm wanting to get an approx size, like 3mm, 4mm, etc.

One thing I read said 3mm, is that pea sized? I mean, I guess I can visually look at it in store, but having a number to go in with will help Smiley

Elsewise I'll look for pea-ish sized ones Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 05:36:30 AM »

I'd say about 5 mm. Smiley
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 10:41:48 AM »

Hang on a sec, I have to go measure a pea.....lol  Cheesy
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 04:00:50 PM »

My gravel is a pretty mixed sized one, but as long as the pieces aren't as small as sand grains and the biggest ones aren't much bigger than 5-7mm it should be okay, considering that the fish will grow as well!
Most importantly though, make sure it's smooth gravel or else they could injure their mouths and get infected when they dig about for food Smiley
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Kahime
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2011, 11:07:24 PM »

Goldiegirl - lol, yeah that is kind of a funny image Smiley Ruler + gravel

Nossie - thanks! That definitely helps me for when I go shopping for it.

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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2011, 08:05:33 AM »

Make sure you post some pics of your setup later! Smiley
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Kahime
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2011, 07:56:05 PM »

Will do! Searching for some substrate online right now Smiley Petstore didn't really have the right stuff Sad
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2011, 08:22:57 AM »

Kahime, I'm not sure if this helps any but I have two very young fish and I just bought the regular gravel from the store and they do just fine with it.  Just like with anything else, if they get a piece in their mouth and dont like how it tastes, they spit it out.  I havent had any trouble with the normal sized gravel!
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2011, 12:34:25 PM »

As long as it doesn't have sharp edges and isn't sand, it's fine Tongue
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2011, 08:30:40 PM »

I've herd that goldies like sand; is that true? Never had it myself as I prefer the look of the gravel. I would think sand would muck up the water pretty bad...as well as be hard to vacuum... Undecided But then there are some sucess stories... Roll Eyes
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2011, 09:20:12 AM »

Never heard of it. But sand isn't safe for goldfish :/ They would accidentally swallow lots of the little grains along with the food and end up having digestive problems. Most goldfish get this kind of transparent poo, also called caste if they're kept in a tank with sand bottom.
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2011, 07:51:57 PM »

Wow, that's something I never knew...thanks for that information, Nossie.  Smiley
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2011, 04:40:12 AM »

Far out Nossie thats so interesting, do you know it works the other way in the avian (bird) world, they actually need grit to lodge in their gizzard to help grind up and digest their food... > Ron
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2011, 10:41:06 AM »

No problem! Cheesy It's mentioned in the "problems" section in one of my goldfish books, I read it about 10 million times, so I remember most things by heart Wink There was a question about poo looking unusual and a few examples were mentioned Smiley
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2011, 02:21:57 PM »

Suddenly I'm glad I'm not a bird..... Tongue

LOL Nossie I know how that is. Whenever I get a goldfish book from our local library in my hands I just read it again and again...but I mostly like looking at the pictures.  Roll Eyes
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2011, 01:29:19 AM »

SAME HERE!! xD I always start with looking at the pictures! Then I read through some interesting sections, then I read them again, and then I read the rest of the book... and then... xD
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2011, 10:35:01 AM »

Lol we're goldfish twins!!  Cheesy It's scary when you can recite bits and pieces of it afterwards too... Shocked
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Re: Gravel Size
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2011, 01:35:27 AM »

I knooww @____@
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