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View Poll Results: Is substrate needed for a betta tank?
Yes 15 40.54%
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:51 AM   #21 
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I voted yes because I like the look of gravel in my boys tanks,I think it really adds to the whole look of a tank.Plus it works really well to hold the silk plants in place.Another added bonus is that my little ones like watching the gravel go up & down the gravel vac during water changes.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:56 AM   #22 
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I've never had any issues with reflection... Whatever surface the tank is on is what the fish sees.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:22 PM   #23 
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I've never had any issues with reflection... Whatever surface the tank is on is what the fish sees.
Does it matter what color the surface is?
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:29 PM   #24 
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Nope, as long as it is opaque.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #25 
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Nope, as long as it is opaque.
Oh, so basically any furniture from black to white and anything in between?

Pretty much as long as it's not glass? Or I guess translucent plastic or something...
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:26 PM   #26 
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As long as its not glass or reflective. Most of mine are on wood.
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:31 PM   #27 
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I have bare bottoms and love them that way. I clean them every day with a turkey baster.
Same!
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As long as its not glass or reflective. Most of mine are on wood.
Thank you :)
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:02 AM   #29 
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I say substrate makes for a better tank overall; but then again I believe this because I say that tanks are better when you have live plants in them and those thrive when you have them in substrate. And while beneficial bacteria can grow strictly on filter media and such, the substrate does provide the additional surface area for it.
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If you have a fake plant with a lot of leaves or something like that, wouldn't that provide a decent amount of surface area for the BB?
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