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Old 03-06-2013, 03:38 PM   #1 
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is sand ok for bettas?

I am assuming so, I never see him digging at the substrate, but want to make sure. We have some kuhli loaches and want to switch over to sand to make them happier. We thought our gravel was small enough but it's not.

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #2 
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Yep! Sand is definitely safe.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #3 
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yes, just a little harder to clean.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #4 
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Cool.

I've been rinsing and rinsing, and though it's definitely not as cloudy as when I first started rinsing, it still is somewhat cloudy. Is that ok? I've rinsed for hours. Rinse, stir, dump, rinse, stir, dump. Repeat at least 10 times. It has the bio-magnet clarifier but I'm always hesitant to use stuff like that in my tank.
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The cloudiness will settle in a few days.
I don't use chemicals in my tanks.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:05 PM   #6 
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Best way to rinse sand is to stick it in a bucket, shove your water hose down into the sand, and let it fill the bucket and run until the water runs clear. The sand will sink, except for the tiny particles, which will run out. Just don't turn the hose on too high or you'll be buying more sand, lol.

It will settle on its own in the tank, and will need time to settle even if you use the bucket - just not as much.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:12 PM   #7 
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Meh, our faucet outside is busted, can I do it in my kitchen sink? Our water pressure is low at the moment (we have to get all our pipes replaced, ugh).
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:17 PM   #8 
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Meh, our faucet outside is busted, can I do it in my kitchen sink? Our water pressure is low at the moment (we have to get all our pipes replaced, ugh).
Yeah, if you can get a nozzle down into the sand and don't mind the grit in your sink/pipes.
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