Starting a cycle - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Canada
Posts: 14
Starting a cycle

Hey, So I just got a 3.5 gallon tank the other day and I'm starting to think about decorating. I had a smaller tank before so I never really considered it before, but I want to start a nitrogen cycle with plants this time.

The problem: I have gravel. Is there any thing I can do? Or do I have to replace it with dirt?

3.5 Gallon tank
1 Crowntail Betta fish - Amber
1 Golden Mystery Snail - Apollo
1 Black Mystery Snail - Orion
And a lot of unaccounted for snails...
JessYe is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 10:36 PM
ao's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 6,445
depending on how heavily you intend to plent your may or may not see readings at all....

gravel is perfectly fine for most starter plants
ao is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-10-2013, 10:47 PM
Sparrowhawk's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 490
After asking a similar question about planting in gravel (I have gravel in my tanks too) I've found that you can indeed plant in gravel. The results won't be as good as if you use soil, but if you're cool with that, that's okay.

Another option is using a load of moss, and plants that attach to hardscape rather than rooted plants, but you'd want stem plants as well.

That probably didn't help much, but I'm sure there'll be many responses from people who really know their stuff. ^.^

Sparrowhawk is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 07:07 AM
New Member
Trackpadtactics's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 48
Hello there and welcome to the world of NPT!

So i did this a while back and to my surprise it did rather well! I used API liquid plant furt and all my plants grew really well. Here is the tank before i rescaped it and added real plant gravel.

I added about 5 to 7 drops a week to it to keep it low yet allows plants to grow rapidly. Hope this helps!
Trackpadtactics is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome