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THE ROLE OE THE BED
 

THE ROLE OE THE BED

The main role of a good bed is mechanical: it supports the decor, made up of rocks and other elements. This is why, when an aquarium is being mounted, the bed is put in after the decor.

The bed also has a biological role that is no less important: it contains bacteria that contribute to the nitrogen cycle, and is therefore involved in the elimination of nitrogenous compounds. This is particularly valuable if you are using an undergravel filter.

Of course, the most obvious role for the bed is to enable plants to take root, particularly in fresh water.

For all these reasons, a bed must have the following characteristics:

  • medium granule size;
  • look both visually pleasing and natural;
  • not too dense, although sufficiently so for plants to be well rooted.

Do not forget that a bed is heavy - 1.4-2 kg per liter volume - and so you must plan for an adequate support for the aquarium (around 30 kg of sediment for a 100 liter tank, with the whole aquarium amounting to some 150 kg).

In this marine tank, seen from above, the bed serves as a wedge for the decorative elements

In this marine tank, seen from above, the bed serves as a wedge for the decorative elements.

WHAT DEPTH OF SAND?

Enough to enable the plants to take root, but not too deep, to avoid spoiling the appearance: 5-8 cm is a theoretical standard to be adapted to each particular case.

Only a hospital aquarium has no bed at all, for obvious hygienic reasons.

The table below gives the approximate weight of sediment for a surface of 1 m2. Generally speaking, coarse sands never weigh less than 70 kg/m2.


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ЭМИНЕСКУ (Eminescu) Михаил (Михай) (наст . фам. Эминович, Eminovici) (1850-89), румынский и молдавский поэт. Представитель романтизма: лирические, нередко окрашенные пессимизмом стихи, философско-символическая поэма "Лучафэр" (1883). Интерес к социалистическим идеям выразил в поэме "Император и пролетарий" (1874), резкое неприятие ценностей современного общества - в философско-сатирическом цикле "Послания" (1881).