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Old 08-02-2013, 08:38 PM   #1 
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Sand vs Gravel

So....I'm kind of torn between which to get for my new Betta fish's habitat.....I like the look of sand but I fear that when it comes to cleaning, its going to be pretty difficult. Could someone list me the pros and cons to each so that I can make an informed decision? I'm getting excited. Going to pick up my betta fish next week!


Also, another question while I'm making a post and I don't want to make multiple threads.....when I go about prepping the water for him, do I have to treat the water then let it sit for about 24 hours before slowly acclimatising him or is it okay if I add water treatment then add him right away?

Thanks in advance all!
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:46 PM   #2 
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Sand - Beautiful. I have it in both of my tanks. It's fairly easy to clean. As long as you get a good brand. CaribSea SuperNaturals is what I use for my 20G... It's fine grained, and it doesn't cloud my water at all... It also never altered my parameters. :D Just be sure to clean it very well at first, rinse, rinse, rinse! Fish poop and other wastes also don't go under the sand, it stays on top. Very hard to see, if you choose a nice complimentary color.
For cleaning, just hover the siphon over the waste thingy and the siphon will suck it right up. :) Just don't get too close. Also, if you will get a filter, turn the filter off until the water change is done.

Gravel - I used it in the past. Natural looking, as long as you keep the algae under control. Food and waste fall in between the slits. It'll take longer for the water change to complete. I recommend Top Fin. (:

After you add the conditioner, the water is ready. Aging the water with the conditioner in is just a waste of time.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:47 PM   #3 
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SAND! I love it, it looks so natural and is just as easy to clean as gravel. Just take your vacuum to it and it will be fine.

You can acclimate your betta right after you treat the water unless the directions say otherwise.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:50 PM   #4 
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Thats wonderful. Thanks you two! I'll opt for the sand. My major concern was that it would cloud the water, should I just throw it into a sieve and rinse rinse rinse rinse until the water runs clear? How should I prep this sand. I was also worried that when I hoover the sand it would get hoovered up but I guess if the waste stays on top then it shouldn't be an issue! Thats great!
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:55 PM   #5 
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In the past, I've found that leaning the gravel vac at an angle will help reduce the amount of sand sucked up.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:58 PM   #6 
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http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....highlight=sand

Try this link.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:03 PM   #7 
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Once again thank you! Is there a thread on how to prep the sand before putting it into the aquarium?
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #8 
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Nope. But it's simple.

Just rinse away the floating particles. (: You can put it in a bucket and put in a hose and let it run. You can wait for 10 minutes then it should be okay. You can use play sand or pool-filter sand, too.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:10 PM   #9 
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It's in that link. With Tahitian Moon sand, I rinsed one bag and didn't rinse the second bag with the same results. TMS includes either one or two packages of clarifier.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:30 PM   #10 
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Both are great they both look very nice depending on what kind you buy and how well you will maintain it.but we know that you wont let your betta fishys tank turn in to murky alga cover mess so go ahead and try the sand because lots of people suggest it and if you don't like it you can switch to gravel
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