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Old 09-04-2012, 12:45 AM   #1 
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Is Gravel Neccessary?

Hi everyone,

I am looking to purchase a Betta soon and I was wondering if it was important to have gravel in a tank. I was thinking about getting my fish first but I will probably get some gravel later for looks.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-04-2012, 12:56 AM   #2 
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It isn't really a neccessity. I've seen a number of tanks with no substrate that fish seem to be happy in. You can put "toys" like small marbles at the bottom that they can move around easily on the glass.

It can be very beneficial by providing a more natural home for your pet though. My Betta loves to poke around the gravel and sand in my tank.

It will also help with beneficial bacteria cultivation if you are looking to cycle the tank and get a stable eco system going. That's somewhat dependant on the size of the tank though.

Either way, I'd make sure and provide the Betta with a hiding spot or two from the beginning so he/she always has a place to take a break and feel secure. A Zoo Med floating log has worked out perfectly for mine.
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Thanks a bunch, my tank is 2 gallons. I am looking for some real plants eventually, so I think I will just get the plants and gravel set up before I get my Betta, that way he will be excited about a nice home to move in to :)
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