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Old 10-05-2009, 07:13 PM   #1 
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Bare bottomed vs gravel or glass gems.

I'm getting rather tired of rinsing gravel every time I clean tanks out and I was wondering how many of you have bare bottomed tanks.I COULD go back to the gems...
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:18 PM   #2 
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do you use a colander?
i don't trust the big beads since about 10 years ago when my ex accidentally killed his betta with them. mind you it was really his fault for not getting a shrimp net that would fit in his betta bowl.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:24 PM   #3 
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Yeah, I use a collander but the really tiny pieces are going down my drain. A couple gems have found their way down my drain too and I can't get them out. lol I may have to get someone to take the pipe out and clean it out for me at some point.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:44 PM   #4 
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you could try washing them on the lawn with the hose- it will stop the stuff going down the drain at least.
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lol! Yeah, or out in the garage.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:09 PM   #6 
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I don't have one, though I don't mind the look of it and I imagine it would be so much easier to clean.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:22 AM   #7 
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I really like having gravel. I like the look of it and it holds down my fake plants. Gems....I'd be afraid that they'd chip and cut me or my fish. But bare is definatly easier to have. If I had as many bettas as you have, I'd defiantly have a few tanks bare bottomed.
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I go through my glass gems one by one to make sure there are no broken ones. But that is getting to be a pain, too. The gravel holds the plants down better.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:54 AM   #9 
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i just use sand
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:33 AM   #10 
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oh, also if you dont want to use gravel, marbles, or sand........

go to a dollar store, they sell 2 pound bags of river stone for a dollar. they are about the size of a dime to about the size of a quarter. no running thru the collander with those.
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