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Old 03-14-2013, 07:42 PM   #11 
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Something like 90% of BB is in the filter. My bare-bottomed (filtered) goldie tank is fully cycled.

I think substrate is only vital for a cycle if you have no filter.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:56 PM   #12 
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Something like 90% of BB is in the filter. My bare-bottomed (filtered) goldie tank is fully cycled.

I think substrate is only vital for a cycle if you have no filter.
Okay. So you think gravel is not needed?

What about for a betta?

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:06 PM   #13 
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For any fish. If you have a filter, you don't need gravel for the cycle. :)
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #14 
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Little bugs like living in it. I have nematodes in my gravel. Every now and then one gets out or forced out and the bettas eat them up! I personally prefer the look of something on the bottom to give it a more natural look. I am currently phasing out the gravel in my shrimp tank and they are clinging to the small pods of gravel left (so they know what makes them "look" camoflauged... And I don't like the look of the bottom of the tank glaring back up so it looks like a tank. But that's just me. (fyi, I'll probably fold up a black shirt and put it under the shrimp tank to reduce that effect)

Like bomb said, it does not really super affect the cycle, and in a smaller tank you won't be cycling it anyway bc of the necessary changes.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #15 
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Well I would be cycling it. I keep my betta in a 5 gallon with a sponge filter....

So it doesn't affect the cycle, but is there any other reason why gravel should be used? Or is it just personal choice and aesthetics?
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It's more of a personal choice and aesthetics. As others have mentioned some BB live in substrate but the majority of them are in the filter
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:24 PM   #17 
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Yeah but will having no substrate stress out the fish?
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:41 PM   #18 
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Unless you are trying to recreate their natural environment than it should not affect the betta plus no substrate makes everything easier to clean :D
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:46 PM   #19 
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So you think its better all-around to have a bare-bottom tank?
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:09 AM   #20 
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Now the main thing I'm worried about is whether or not it will stress out the betta... Does anyone know whether it would or not?
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