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3'' is perfect IMO, but if you dont have cichlids or live plants, then a more shallow gravel bed will help keep your tank cleaner and wont harbour as many "nasties".
 

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3'' is perfect IMO, but if you dont have cichlids or live plants, then a more shallow gravel bed will help keep your tank cleaner and wont harbour as many "nasties".
Actually with live plants, 3" is about the shallowest I would recommend going. A lot of times if you are doing a lot of aquascaping you may get anywhere up to 7" deep to get the right look.
 

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Agreed ^^^

If your tank is not planted, then any depth is fine. However, if you are going to have a planted tank then 3" - 7" will be needed. Personally, I have a 3" mixed gravel bed.
 
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3'' is perfect IMO, but if you dont have cichlids or live plants, then a more shallow gravel bed will help keep your tank cleaner and wont harbour as many "nasties".
Actually with live plants, 3" is about the shallowest I would recommend going. A lot of times if you are doing a lot of aquascaping you may get anywhere up to 7" deep to get the right look.
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Well its hard to judge...I usually had about an inch at the front then near 7 inches mounded up against the back of the tank, where my larger plants were. The old "depth" trick.
 
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