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Old 08-03-2010, 03:39 PM   #1 
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Question Substrate and bettas

I saw these substrates, Eco-Complete Planted and Floramax http://www.caribsea.com/pages/produc...ted_aquar.html, and like the natural look to them. I know bettas once lived in rice paddies and I'd like to give my fish Taco a natural looking home. Does anyone use these? Are these safe for bettas?
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:29 PM   #2 
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I was looking for Eco-Complete but couldn't find it around where I live and really didn't want to pay for shipping. But yeah, it can be used for bettas and it's supposed to be good stuff.....just expensive IMO.

I ended up using the Walstad method: 1 inch of dried-up topsoil (no fertilizer added) mixed with crushed oyster shells and a 1-inch layer of medium-sized gravel on top of that. It was 1/3 the cost of Eco-Complete ($3 for potting soil and $7 for enough gravel for a 10-gallon).
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:45 PM   #3 
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I was looking for Eco-Complete but couldn't find it around where I live and really didn't want to pay for shipping. But yeah, it can be used for bettas and it's supposed to be good stuff.....just expensive IMO.

I ended up using the Walstad method: 1 inch of dried-up topsoil (no fertilizer added) mixed with crushed oyster shells and a 1-inch layer of medium-sized gravel on top of that. It was 1/3 the cost of Eco-Complete ($3 for potting soil and $7 for enough gravel for a 10-gallon).
Thanks! I was thinking about doing Eco-complete with a pebble type gravel on top.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:50 PM   #4 
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Thanks! I was thinking about doing Eco-complete with a pebble type gravel on top.
Cool! =D You're doing what I hope to do one day! =]
I can't wait to see what your tank ends up looking like! I have a feeling it's gonna be really pretty! =]
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:26 PM   #5 
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Cool! =D You're doing what I hope to do one day! =]
I can't wait to see what your tank ends up looking like! I have a feeling it's gonna be really pretty! =]
It'll be a fun new experience. Just need to figure out the right plants and if I can afford them lol.
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:25 PM   #6 
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I use Eco-Complete in my 5g betta tank and my 120g community tank. My betta is doing perfectly fine with it and it is very natural looking as well.
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I use Eco-Complete in my 5g betta tank and my 120g community tank. My betta is doing perfectly fine with it and it is very natural looking as well.
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I carried a 20# bag around today while I was at the fish store, and then I remembered I need a heater. :'D $50 is usually my limit in one day. So my plants are going to need to be happy and grow out in my old blue/aqua gravel. Looks like very good stuff. :)
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I carried a 20# bag around today while I was at the fish store, and then I remembered I need a heater. :'D $50 is usually my limit in one day. So my plants are going to need to be happy and grow out in my old blue/aqua gravel. Looks like very good stuff. :)

Yeah, I'm wondering if I have the money to do real plant decor. Might have to wait and do silk plants first. Seems like they need more then my betta lol.
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I went to the cheapest store in the area, bought a new light bulb, heater, and medication, and plants and it was $56.
Now I have a 10 gallon so it will be a little bit more.
I would buy everything in steps, it might make everything financially easier, with the plants last and set it off to the side.
They do take a little more care, but I feel it's worth the money and time. My two CT's personality has blossomed since they got relocated to my planted 10 gallon. :D
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