So, when I cleaned Gregory's tank the other day, I cleaned EVERYTHING down to each and every rock that was on the bottom. Moving them all out sure stirred up a lot of I don't even know what, but it got me wondering. Is it okay to leave the bottom of the tank bare? I don't have anything that really needs to be rooted in the bottom of the tank, and I was thinking of putting a few marbles on the bottomfor him to roll around. Has anyone else gone this route with leaving the bottom bare?
I think the bottom just has to do with making it look pretty in between cleanings so you don't see junk all over it. It probably is much easier with nothing on the bottom so if you prefer that, there's no reason you can't.
I leave several of my tanks bare-bottomed. The substrate collects a lot of crap and is often a pain to keep clean. I also feed my bettas live mosquito larvae about once a week, and you cannot have substrate in your tank when doing that, as the larvae will make a beeline for the bottom of the tank and hide in the substrate so the bettas can't eat them, and then won't come out again until the molt and turn into mosquitoes. With a bare bottom tank there is no escape for the larvae and the betta chase them around until they are caught and eaten.
Its also nice having a bare bottom tank to be able to keep a close eye on the bettas to make sure they are still pooping on a regular occasion and that its not turning any odd colors, so any potential disease can be caught as early as possible.
The bettas have decorations, caves and plants, and I think they care more about that than they do some sand, gravel or glass stones on the bottom.
Yep, definitely staying with the bare bottom tank. I dropped a few rocks down the drain when I was cleaning them last time. My boyfriend was not pleased, haha. The drain was backed up for three days until we could get the right wrench to fix it.