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Old Yesterday, 09:53 PM   #1 
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Im soo excited!!!

Hello everyone! So my little Daryl has been kept in his 1.5 gallon for too long :/ So for my birthday I asked my parents for a 5 gallon and guess what I am getting??!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O8SZTKQ/...=I2KXVNQ1GPWYY

It is beautiful and perfect! He is going to be so happy and I bought him a betta bed and everything. Now, which would you guys recommend for the bottom of his tank, Aquarium sand? tiny rocks? or big pebbles/rocks?
Thanks again everyone! Love you all my fellow betta nerds :)
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I have that tank. The only thing Im not crazy about is the filter output. I put a little silk plant in it to stop the water out put. I love it because I can put the heater in the back so you dont see it. Its a great tank as long as you have a heater!
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Old Yesterday, 11:47 PM   #3 
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I have that tank. The only thing Im not crazy about is the filter output. I put a little silk plant in it to stop the water out put. I love it because I can put the heater in the back so you dont see it. Its a great tank as long as you have a heater!
Good because I have a really good heater :) do you recommend sand or rocks?
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I think sand is easier to maintain. Get a piece of airline tubing ($3.00 from Wal-Mart) and hover it over the sand as you siphon out the water. All the gunk stays on top instead of sifting down into the substrate as with gravel.
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I have sand in two of my tanks, and it looked great at first, but after a while, it gets very thin (from it going into the water vacuum) and dirty-looking. I personally would choose gravel. Very exciting!
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I've learned the trick to sand is to hover at least a quarter inch over it and use airline tubing instead of a vacuum. When I used a regular gravel vac I was sucking out more sand than gunk. And, whew, did that get expensive!
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Oh yes, sorry my mistake, I do use airline tubing. I just find that when I don't go close to the sand, all of the gunk doesn't come up; particularly any algae growing on the sand.
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I have to be careful to not suck up baby Assassin Snails and Shrimp or Java Moss or Subwassertang. They should come out with a mistake-proof, gunk-only way to siphon.

BTW, that tank gets great reviews from Betta owners on PetCo.
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