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Old 09-20-2010, 09:05 PM   #1 
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sand bottom

I'm thinking of resetting up my 2.5g (heated and filtered) so I can get another Betta. I want to have a sand bottom. It would be planted and maybe a few ghost shrimp. I've seen people say that you need to stir the sand every once in a while. I guess I'm wondering why you need to stir the sand and how often I would have to?
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:27 PM   #2 
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Stirring the sand will help with cleaning since you can't really siphon the sand clean like you can with gravel bottoms. It releases the dirt, feces, etc. into the water to either be sucked up by your filter or with a hose.
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Oh and as to how often, I do it with every water change. So depending on your tank size and how much water you replace I would say every one to two weeks.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:49 PM   #4 
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Stirring the sand is to prevent oxygen depleted pockets from forming. Larger tanks, with more sand, pose a greater risk than smaller tanks with less sand. What happens is, oxygen bubbles get trapped in the sand and over time, the oxygen gets depleted in the little bubbles. They create oxygen-less gas pockets. And if enough of these form and break loose, they can harm the fish. Stirring the sand occasionally, every 3-4 weeks, prevents these pockets from forming in large numbers.

However, from what I've read, this is more of a problem/concern in larger tanks, with more sand. I have Taco's 5 gallon with sand, and never had a problem. My turtle is currently in a 30 gallon with sand, and has been nearly a year, and hasn't had any problems either.
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^ I had no idea. Good thing I have been stirring the sand anyhow for cleaning purposes. Thank you for the information.
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Thanks for all of your insights they are much appreciated!
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:32 PM   #7 
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I believe that by stirring it you also prevent it from clumping.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:23 PM   #8 
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Stirring the sand is to prevent oxygen depleted pockets from forming. Larger tanks, with more sand, pose a greater risk than smaller tanks with less sand. What happens is, oxygen bubbles get trapped in the sand and over time, the oxygen gets depleted in the little bubbles. They create oxygen-less gas pockets. And if enough of these form and break loose, they can harm the fish. Stirring the sand occasionally, every 3-4 weeks, prevents these pockets from forming in large numbers.

However, from what I've read, this is more of a problem/concern in larger tanks, with more sand. I have Taco's 5 gallon with sand, and never had a problem. My turtle is currently in a 30 gallon with sand, and has been nearly a year, and hasn't had any problems either.
The oxygen depletion is probably more of a danger to your plants than your fish. It would have to be a pretty large release of gas to have an effect on a fish (particularly true for Bettas). Plants, however, need fresh oxygen delivered to their roots, and over time as the oxygen is depleted in the sand, the plants will begin to die. This is why sand is typically not recommended for planted aquariums, although you can do it with the occasional aeration (like once a month is enough). With a planted tank you actually don't want to clean the substrate too much as a great plant fertilizer is the fish waste and other detritus.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:01 PM   #9 
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"With a planted tank you actually don't want to clean the substrate too much as a great plant fertilizer is the fish waste and other detritus."

You know that I something I have been wondering about. Is it possible to clean a tank TOO much when you have plants? Sounds like it is!
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