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Old 03-14-2013, 03:00 PM   #1 
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Is it better to have gravel rather than not?

I know it isn't a requirement, but is gravel helpful for the fish? Does it make the fish feel more at home in his tank?
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #2 
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I know it isn't a requirement, but is gravel helpful for the fish? Does it make the fish feel more at home in his tank?
not IME, they actually like hiding places better e.g. plants, decor.
in another words, bottom of the tank will not affect the quantity and quality of the excretion.
I find it easier to clean my QT tank since it has no substrates.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:49 PM   #3 
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+1 with Otter, its more for your visual than anything else. If you have plants you want to anchor then its good. I have gravel in all but 2 of my tanks because it like the look. It does however give another place for BB to grow.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:53 PM   #4 
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Like Shellieca said, it's more for look. I have gravel in my 20g because I have rooted plants and one of my 2.5gs because that one also has rooted plants. My small grow-out has no gravel. My other 2.5g only has floating plants so no gravel there either.
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I am not sure how will this applies to bettas since they are domestic, but most fish species feel more comfortable on a dark substrate. Even light coloured fish think they blend in better on a sand or even black substrate, and helps boost their confidence. Unnatural and bright colors can make certain fish withdraw.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:55 PM   #6 
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Hmm idk! I have almost neon substrate with blue, green, pink, and purple gravel and my boy seems chill...so does it matter? Is it better for the fish to have it? What about if you had a bare-bottom on a dark stand?
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:00 PM   #7 
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I have a natural looking river rock for my substrate. The LFS here sells it for 80 cents a pound, and I prefer the natural look myself plus the rocks are smooth so I don't worry about him ripping any fins!
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I had bare-bottom tanks for all my fish until I decided to have plants other than anubias, java fern and floaters, and my boys seemed just fine. They did have an awful lot of other stuff to keep them occupied though.
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I know it looks nice :) but does it really do any good for the fish? If you have a good enough filter, you shouldn't need it for BB
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I am finding a lot of mixed info as to whether substrate is really important for the BB...which is it?
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