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View Poll Results: Sand or Gravel for a Bowl?
Sand 5 21.74%
Gravel 16 69.57%
Personal Preference 2 8.70%
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:56 PM   #11 
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I like the look of sand better but gravel or bare bottom is much easier for a smaller tank
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:44 PM   #12 
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Dang, I should have added "Bare Bottom" to the poll. Wonder if I can edit that...

Yeah, thanks for the input, everybody! Maybe this'll pick up on similar searches.

I wonder where you can get small amounts of sand for a bowl, seeing as most home improvement places sell it at 50 pounds per bag...
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:55 PM   #13 
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well they sell tiny bags of black and white sand for tanks at petco, but of course it works out so you're paying many times what you would have payed for the same amount if you'd gotten bulk playsand, so. on the other hand, if you never use 49.8 lb of the sand you bought that would be a pain to get rid of. maybe you could build a small sandbox. :p
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:58 PM   #14 
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But also the sand that is meant for aquariums from petstores are easier to clean vs. play sand and pool sand which takes almost 10 times more to wash it properly and get it completely clean. So that's why it's usually cost more at Pet Stores.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:11 PM   #15 
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I don't know if you would consider a 5 gallon small per se, but I have sand substrate in mine and it's been easy enough to keep clean :)
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:10 PM   #16 
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By small, I mean 3 Gallon Kritter Keeper to Fish Bowl. Five gallon tanks don't need weekly 100% cleans (do they? o.o), but most stuff smaller than that does. That's why I think gravel is better, but I wanted to hear from others. c:
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:48 PM   #17 
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Gravel is easier and cheaper, but I prefer sand. I think it looks much better.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:41 PM   #18 
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Even in my 3 gallon I will be switching to sand soon because I don't do 100% I just do two 50-60% changes. But if it were 2.5 and smaller I would do gravel because of the 100% changes. And then in bowls just a bare bottom with a silk plant or two :)
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