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Old 02-09-2010, 04:14 AM   #1 
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Gravel/rocks/etc

Just got my Betta about a week ago and already want to spoil the heck out of him. I'm hoping to buy him a new (bigger) tank this weekend - maybe a Kritter Keeper - and some silk plants and such. My question is, what sort of flooring should I get?

I live in a dorm, so the tank I purchase will still be relatively compact. I'm worried that if I get small rocks or gravel, it'll be a pain for when I have to clean out Mufasa's tank. But I don't want to leave the floor bare. Should I get the larger rock marble sort of things? Ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:03 AM   #2 
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I've got marbles in one of my tanks and I love them. They're ultra smooth and there's no risk of having them tear my betta's fins. Plus they're shiny, and I like shiny. And finally, they're pretty easy to clean.

They're probably a little more expensive than plain old gravel, but for a small tank it shouldn't be too bad.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:04 PM   #3 
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Yeah, if you have a tank smaller than 5 gallons, marbles look great and they're a lot easier to clean than gravel, IMO. I have marbles in Chance's 2.5 critter keeper and love them.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:50 PM   #4 
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Basically it depends on whether your tank is cycled or not. If you have an uncycled tank marbles will be fine provided you rinse them once a week. Personally I have never been a fan and found that some nice gravel worked great. Simply dump it into a strainer when you clean the tank and rinse with scalding hot water.

If you have a cycled tank and are doing partial water changes via a gravel vacuum, the obvious choice is gravel because you will not be able to 'get everything up' from marbles.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:43 PM   #5 
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Thanks everyone! Marbles sound like a good choice - they are what I was thinking. (:
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:52 PM   #6 
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ive always had the marbles in my smaller tanks (1.5g-5g) i just really like the look and its super easy to clean. i prefer the look of gravel in my 10g but i did mix in some of the marbles to make it look more interesting, they look like gems :)
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:39 AM   #7 
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Sand is nice also... But its not good for rooting plants like the amazon sword. And you need to make sure to stir it once a week to release any gas bubbles.

I myself would use sand if it could have sustained my plants.
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:44 AM   #8 
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I like the marbles, or those plastic gems. I've never had good luck with gravel, but then again I don't have a gravel vacuum.
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