What To Look For When Buying The Best Aquarium Gravel?

There are a lot of reasons that you should use gravel in your aquarium not only because it brings an attractive appearance for your tank. Gravel also serves some vital functions for your aquarium.

You will need gravel if you want to ass any plants in your tank. The layer of gravel substrate also can be a good condition for the growth of beneficial bacteria.

However, if you have no idea how to choose the best aquarium gravel, you can entirely possible go wrong with this. These things below are some important factor you should know when choosing aquarium gravel.

How deep does the gravel need to be?

When you planning to buy gravel, you should check your tank size first. For less than 50 gallons tank, you should place in it about 2 inches of gravel. The best aquarium gravel vacuum must match the depth of the tank in order to work best.

If you are keeping larger aquarium as 50 galloons and above, you should place 3-4 inches of gravel at the bottom of the tank. You also can use a thinner layer of gravel if you want.

But a thick layer of gravel is not encouraged. Too much gravel can make you get hard when cleaning and also create the room for build-up dirt and waste inside the tank.

The size of gravel

The bigger gravel will create a larger room between each individual of gravel. The room can be the placement for the fish waste, dead plants, and excess food fall into and build up.

You will need vacuum gravel and frequently cleaning them. Smaller gravel is also a better condition for the growth of the plant.

The colour

The colours of gravel generally depend on your personal preference. However, you should choose the colour that suitable with the colour of the fish you have. For the colourful species of fish, it is better to use the darker colour of gravel.

You also should consider your fish’s behaviours. There are some fish tents to be frightened with the lighter colours of the substrate.

Buying Guide: Best Cooler for The Money

There are several different types of camping coolers, and you must choose the right one for your journey. You’re going to want to pick one that houses all your perishables. The cooler you pick also needs to be able to keep your food cold all the time you’re away from the refrigerator. It would be a shame if you had to cut your vacation short because of spoiled food. Purchase the right cooler and prepare it correctly to prevent your camping experience from being ruined.

Shop around for the cooler you need before you make your purchase. Camping coolers come in different materials. Some of these substances cause the ice to last longer than others. Steel coolers are recommended for long camping trips. They can well insulate the inside, but they’re so heavy that they’re only recommended for use if you’re traveling by car to your camping spot. Styrofoam refrigerators are perfect for beverages and other things that won’t break if the ice melts. They are lightweight and can be comfortably taken on overnight trips.

When planning to prepare camping refrigerators, you can make ice blocks or buy gel packs and freeze them. The use of small ice cubes alone is unsuccessful because they melt too easily. Ice blocks can be made from a variety of containers at home, such as milk cartons. The blocks should be put at the bottom of the cooler because they are very large. Place the perishable food on top of the ice. Cover the food with a lot of ice cubes so the things can no longer be seen and make sure to find cubes along the sides of the food as well.

When you need a bag to keep your perishable products dry, there are a few different steps to take. You’re going to want to use frozen gel packs for this sort of cooler because they’re going to stay frozen longer than ice. Freeze the things you want to pack in the camping refrigerators the night before the ride. This will encourage them to stay cold all the way through your camping trip. Store the products in the insulated containers so that the cold temperature stops the food from going sour. Place the food in the center of the container, surrounded by the gel packs, to keep it as cold as possible.

As you can see, it’s important to invest in best cooler for the money. You do want to make sure that you prepare the cooler appropriately to keep the food safe and fresh when in the woods. Camping refrigerators often come in a backpack style, so it’s important that you know how to store them properly so that your food isn’t spoiled.

Lavender Festival 2014

About a month ago we went to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington. We started at the street fair (where I had lavender ice cream) and then visited three farms. Fun!

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Next year I will try to get pictures of the lavender hillside in our yard. The last two years it has been too weedy at lavender-blooming time.

Willows

We have three willows in the garden: one in the swamp and two in the cat garden area. The willow in the swamp is a black pussy willow, so I’m posting pictures of it from February that show its fuzz. I may add more recent photographs of that willow after I weed the area (but it is in February when it looks interesting). The pictures of the other two willows are from spring and summer.

I see some pruning in the future, especially for the two willows in the cat garden. Actually, I’m not super fond of the shape of the black pussy willow, so maybe sometimes I’ll prune it down too.

You can see other views of two of the willows in this recent post about the cat garden.

black pussy willow: Salix gracilistyla ‘Melanostachys’:

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purple willow: Salix purpurea Nana’:

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golden curls corkscrew willow: Salix matsudana ‘Golden Curls’:

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purple willow: Salix purpurea ‘Nana’ and golden curls corkscrew willow: Salix matsudana ‘Golden Curls’:

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variegated honeysuckle - Lonicera periclymenum 'Harlequin'

Three Honeysuckles

We have three regular honeysuckles in the yard and one evergreen honeysuckle. I will post pictures of the evergreen honeysuckle separately.

The purple-leaf honeysuckle is on the front of the house, and it bloomed in early June. The variegated honeysuckle and the late Dutch honeysuckle are both on the swing. The variegated honeysuckle bloomed in May, and the late Dutch honeysuckle is blooming right now (it has been blooming since June).

purple-leaf honeysuckle: Lonicera japonica ‘Purpurea’:

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variegated honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Harlequin’:

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late Dutch honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’:

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white variegated jasmine - Jasminum officinale 'Argenteovariegatum'

White-Variegated Jasmine

The white-variegated jasmine (Jasminum officinale ‘Argenteovariegatum’) suffered a little over the winter, but it bounced back quite nicely. The plant has the lovely jasmine scent and also has really interesting feathery foliage. These pictures are from mid-June and early July.

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five-leaf aralia - Eleutherococcus sieboldianus 'Variegatus'

Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’ (Five-Leaf Aralia)

I am using the Latin name as the title of this post–and boy is it a mouthful! I have read that Eleutherococcus sieboldianus ‘Variegatus’ is sometimes called five-fingered or five-leaf aralia. It is a little bit of an obscure plant, and maybe for that reason I will categorize it as “exotic” (something that I can’t do that often). I spotted this shrub at the nursery and loved the variegated foliage and thorns (yes I like thorns for some reason). I see online that it does bloom, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it blooming (we’ve had it two years now).

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