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Old 03-12-2013, 04:23 PM   #1 
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Gravel

What is the best type of gravel/sand or substrate etc. for bettas?
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:42 PM   #2 
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Anything that is specifically for AQUARIUM USE and isn't too rough. I've tried soil w/ a sand cap, and all it did was make a mess. Gravel seems easiest to clean, although, those who add catfish say it's too rough on their barbels. Sand is pretty, esp. the black sand, but harder to vacuum.
I've watched videos on how to use soil w/ a sand/gravel cap, but it's more work than I'm willing to devote to aquascapes right now. I'd rather spend time fussing on the bettas.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:15 PM   #3 
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Aquarium safe gravel is good for bettas. You can pick the Marina brand aquarium safe gravel for cheap at Walmart (they have several colours on selection). I have had it in my aquarium and haven't had any problems with it. Bettas don't scavenge the bottom for food and it is hard for them to hurt themselves when simply resting on gravel; they don't have much interaction with the bottom of the tank. Also gravel is easy to maintain and clean.
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