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Old 07-20-2010, 04:34 PM   #1 
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sand and live plants?

will sand be a good substrate for like aquatic plants?

also, my tank will be a 5 gallon.

[i don't have fish yet.]
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:19 PM   #2 
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I have sand with live plant's, And they do great. Even with my cray fish trying to up root them all the time. They still do great...













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Old 07-21-2010, 01:44 AM   #3 
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that's so cool! where did you get the craw fish? and, how did you hold the sand? is it hard to siphon it out?
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:12 AM   #4 
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crayfish are predators and they'll catch and eat small fish like bettas. =[

just thought you should know that kiddomagic before you tried to keep one as a tank mate for your future buddy. =]

He (she?) is gorgeous!!! =] Where'd you get him? (her?) I'd like a crustacean tank! =]
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:30 AM   #5 
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I have a friend that has a pet store, petsmart and petco want 25.00 for the Florida blue cray fish. But my friend got mine for 10.00 and why it was at his store waiting on me. Someone seen it and had him order one. But it gave is betta a hair cut, I mean fin trimming oops. So the guy gave it to me I have 2 of them now.

I had my friend get the Sand also. I took a 5 gallon bucket filled it with the sand kept filling it up with water to rinse it then dumping the water out.

To clean the sand I use the same vacume people do for gravle. Just be Little easier on it when you do it..
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:54 AM   #6 
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I have had a bad experience with sand and plants, since changing substrate 4 months ago all my plants have died and even the new ones that I get keel over on me but I think that may have something to do with the lighting and the amount of ferts I use.

Sand is fairly easy to maintain when you get the hang of it and accept that you will never get it spotless, if you do go with sand then I would suggest a darker sand, such as black, this way you won't see the debris and poop as much :) also you will have to make sure you prod and stir up the sand often so that the bacteria doesn't die.

What plants do you have FloridaBetta?
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