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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-12-2013, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Gravel or sand?

Which is better for live plants? Can you even have sand in betta tanks?
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Sure you can have sand in a betta tank. Why wouldn't you be able to?

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Okay sounds good. From what I'm reading to clean it you just hold the siphon a little bit above the sand?

How thick a layer do I need to put the plants in?
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Sure you can have sand in a betta tank. Why wouldn't you be able to?
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It's personal preference for the most part. Sand tends to show debris more but is arguably better for the plants. If youu do use sand you might want to consider investing in an animal that will oxyginate the sand.
If you want to do an natural planted tank, I would refer to old fish lady's thread it's hard to find better advice.
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Okay sounds good. From what I'm reading to clean it you just hold the siphon a little bit above the sand?

How thick a layer do I need to put the plants in?
Rooting depends on the type of plant.
(when in doubt never plant too deep)

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Malaysian Trumpet Snails for planted tanks. They eat algae and supplemental fish food, burrow through sand in day algae at night and will not eat plants. Only downside, they are mass breeders. The numbers won't get to big if you don't overfeed though, pretty self regulating.
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Okay great, thanks! And I will check out her thread.

20x10x12 is the 10 gallon and then if all goes well I'm planning on doing a 6 gallon which is about 17x10x8. Just want to start one at time.

I like amazon sword and corkscrew val since I'm reading they are good low light beginner plants. What is the normal depth of sand, about an inch?
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Sand or planted aquarium substrate is best. It's easy to clean and the plants can dig their roots in to the sand better than in gravel. I use regular gravel and my plants still grow like crazy.
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I have plants in both gravel and sand. I can't say as one is better than the other. I do like that its easier to plant in sand, and the look is more to my taste than gravel. It doesn't take long to get the hang of siphoning sand, either.
If you tank is filtered by a HOB the sand might clog it from what I've read in some other threads.
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Okay cool! How often will I need to change the water on a 10 gallon and 6 gallon?
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013, 07:26 PM
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I use sand in my tanks and for plants with a root system it is the way to go.Add no more than an 1.5 inches of sand ,but it is your choice.
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