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Pettex Roman Gravel

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Manufacturer: Pettex / Type: Aquarium Equipment - Gravel

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      19.04.2013 22:08
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      Fantastic gravel from Pettex that liven up our tank!

      I have two fish tanks in my home, two cats and two turtles. It is fair to say that I love pets despite not owning many until about two years ago. Prior to that I used to house sit for friends a lot so I gained my fair share of pet experience and knowledge that I can now use in my own home.

      Last year I purchased a large (over 100 litres) fish tank and so the decorations that I had from the tank I was upgrading from were just not sufficient. I discarded the gravel in my old tank, as it was a Biorb and not suitable for a standard Marina Style tank, and promptly purchased four bags of this Pettex gravel. This gravel is suitable for use in my tropical tank.

      As this particular tank lives in my living room (which is red and grey) I opted for the red gravel, which I believe is the one in the picture above, and I paid £2.99 for each bag. This isn't necessarily the cheapest price available, as I know now from looking online, but I felt it was reasonable enough for each 2 kilogram bag and I was happy to pay this for the convenience of buying my gravel at the same time as my fish tank.

      The bags that contained the gravel were sturdy and simple to hold. From what I remember there were no handles or holes to grip on to but we were soon at the checkout getting them bagged up. The bags were quite strong and I cut them open with scissors when I got home and wanted to start rinsing the gravel. I used plain tap water when I rinsed him, using my shower head to thoroughly clean very small amounts of this, as this was then placed in our tank and left for a full week before any fish were then added to the water. When rinsing this gravel I removed any very small pieces that fish could potentially eat.

      When it came to placing this gravel in to our tank I just tipped it in to the tank with a few litres of water in and it sunk down to the bottom in seconds. Once I had this gravel in place I then set about filling up the tank and then I smoothed the gravel out across the bottom of the tank. The red of this gravel makes it very simple to see and the red is nice and vivid and vibrant and looks great in my tank. This has been submerged in our tank for over six months now and I've had no problems with the colour fading or being removed at all.

      With regards to cleaning this gravel we use a gravel vacuum. We basically use something that sucks up the gravel and swirls it around and then places it back at the bottom of the tank. This is great as it sucks up any pooh or debris from our fish and leaves the gravel clean without us having to remove it from the tank.

      Overall this gravel looks brilliant, is vivid and bright and it is reasonably priced. It is simple to put in place, spread out and gravel clean as required. Our fish do not seem to be able to eat this gravel, even the larger fish we have, and so I am rating this gravel 5/5.

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        24.09.2010 13:19
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        A good product for your fish tank

        Having suggested our red coloured Roman Gravel as a Dooyoo product I am pleased it landed on my list of added products today. Its listed here are a general listing rather than the red shade we bought, but as the piccy shown is the one I picked out you can get a good idea of the product I will be reviewing.

        The range of gravels made by Pettex under the Roman Gravel name is extensive and we were spoilt for choice when it came to picking out a suitable shade. As with many of these types of product the gravel is suitable to be used in a variety of freshwater, tropical and also marine fish tank set ups. So there shouldn't be any problems if you introduce the gravel to your tank in the correct way.

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        The gravel we picked is called Rosso Red Roman Gravel. When we saw it, it was eye catchingly vivid. Its not a colour for the faint hearted fish tank owner and red being a rather stimulating colour may not give off the relaxing ethereal aquarium look some people prefer. We thought it would suit our mood at the time.

        As we like to ring the changes and go for something completely different from time to time, we thought this was so in your face and funky that it would look great and snapped it up for the bargain price of £2.29 for a good sized 2 kilo bag. This price is very cheap for the product, as it often retails for up to £3.99 per bag. If you are thinking of topping up or changing your fish tank gravel and see this at anything between £2.39 and £2.99 then its a good price and worth getting.

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        The product comes well packed in an attractive and also sturdy feeling plastic bag type wrapper. Our bag didn't have any holes or nicks in, but I would advise checking your bag prior to buying as the gravel could leak out before you get it home if the bag has been breached in any way.

        Other than that the product is easy to use as long as you follow some simple fish tank hygiene rules before you let your fish loose in their new and in our case Rosso Red Roman Gravel carpeted home. Having gravel such as this on the bottom of your tank stops reflection from the bottom of the glass which can be unnerving and confusing for your fish and also provides a base for plants and accessories, as well as an interesting surface for your fish to explore.

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        When we got the gravel out of its bag we first of all rinsed it off thoroughly in a mix of conditioned tap water. As normal tap water is harmful to fish, we never rinse or clean the tank with anything that could cause harm and conditioning the water we used to prepare the gravel was something we automatically did.

        Once rinsed we then allowed the gravel to sit in a bath of more clean conditioned water for 1/2 an hour prior to rinsing again in the same type of water mix and then placing it artfully into the fish tank. Points to note here are that when emptying your tank to do this, you do need to salvage as much of the old tank water as you can for re-use later on.

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        Once we were happy with how the gravel looked when in position we began to re fill the tank, using at least 1/ 2 of the old tank water and then topping that up with freshly conditioned tap water. The texture and colour of the gravel looked very striking when under the water and we were pleased with our purchase.

        As this type of gravel is a silica based product it should be long lasting in terms of colour and shouldn't interfere with your tanks over all health if you follow best practice when using it. It should also not alter the PH balance of your tank. The gravel is of a meduim size, so smaller than some of the gravel you can buy, which means it does have a smoother finish when laid out in your tank with a finer textured appearance.

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        We found it worked well in our tank and looked effective with our selection of plants and ornaments placed on top. As we like to ring the changes with new coloured gravel every now and then the issue of disposal of the old material does spring to mind. We have solved that by using the old gravel as a mulch for plant pots which works well and means we get even better value for money from each purchase.

        When cleaning this gravel you do need to factor in that with it being smaller and finer than some gravels, it would be easy to lose some down the plug hole if using the sink and you are not careful. By placing some fine mesh type fabric such as muslin across the bottom of your sink you can avoid this. It also keeps the gravel bunched together so its easy to put back into your tank by lifting the whole thing in and then releasing the gravel. The alternative is to clean using a two bucket system which works well too.

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        To give the product a rating is easy. We loved the way the gravel looked in the tank and our fish soon seemed to enjoy their new look home. We didn't have any problems with the gravel as we washed and prepared it well prior to use.

        As a general fish tank gravel the Roman range has lots to offer with plenty of exciting colour mixes to be found. Its a good product that works well and is not too expensive to consider. With all this in mind, the product we bought gets a big 5 stars. Rosso Red Roman gravel rocks!


        Top Tip ~ not forming part of the review:

        NB: If you are thinking about replacing the gravel within your fish tank, its a good idea to slightly under feed your fish prior to doing this for a few days. Also try to re-use as much as the old tank water as you can as this will help maintain the balance of your fish tank. Continue to feed a little less than usual for a few days, until the stability and balance of your tank returns to normal and then continue with your usual regime.

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