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Old 10-03-2010, 03:39 PM   #1 
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Question rocks or glass marbles?

I have my new guy in a temporary container, and I was wondering what I should put on the bottom of his permanent tank when I get it; either the blue marbles you see in my avatar, or these natural rocks:

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he is a cellophane, so I don't know if he would show up well with the rocks, but I really like the natural look. so, what do you think?
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:52 PM   #2 
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I can't see the link, but you should pick what you like best. Sometimes mixing rocks and decor of different colors can look really nice, so you could try both?
I used white gravel in one of my tanks and put some of those blue (and clear) glass marbles in the tank, it looks like sunken treasure. :)
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:53 PM   #3 
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How big will his new home be? I'd go with gravel. It's way cheaper and it looks nice. Plus I don't run the risk of having my betta get stuck under a rock.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:07 PM   #4 
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his new home is going to be a 1/2 gallon or one gallon, the last time I went to the store they were out of the 1 gallon size. I already have the rocks, and I don't like gravel because it's harder to clean.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:13 PM   #5 
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I use marbles in some of my tanks. They are MUCH easier to clean, but you should go with whatever you like best.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:17 PM   #6 
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yeah, the gravel always goes down the drain and that's why I prefer larger rocks rather than gravel.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:17 PM   #7 
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If you're going to buy a tank, you should really get one that's a minimum of 2 gallons. Glass rocks or larger smooth river rocks that they also sell in that section would be your best option since you will have to do very frequent 100% water changes in such small tanks.

I don't understand why you would want to subject your fish to such meager living conditions--they make 2 gallon tanks for less than $15 that can be heated and not changed as much--every 3-4 days is a lot more manageable than every day or every other day.

If you have to change a one gallon tank, or even worse, a half gallon as often as is necessary then no substrate at all is really the best choice. It will just mean more to clean and more time spent during the water change.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:19 PM   #8 
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I have both :) In Alexanders tank I have small pebbly natrual colored gravel and I bought one bag of marbles,then I spread about half of them randomly around the bottom and I like how it looks :P but really I would go with what one you like more! Good luck!
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:21 PM   #9 
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hhhmmm, interesting idea! thanks!
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:27 PM   #10 
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If you're going to buy a tank, you should really get one that's a minimum of 2 gallons. Glass rocks or larger smooth river rocks that they also sell in that section would be your best option since you will have to do very frequent 100% water changes in such small tanks.

I don't understand why you would want to subject your fish to such meager living conditions--they make 2 gallon tanks for less than $15 that can be heated and not changed as much--every 3-4 days is a lot more manageable than every day or every other day.

If you have to change a one gallon tank, or even worse, a half gallon as often as is necessary then no substrate at all is really the best choice. It will just mean more to clean and more time spent during the water change.
I wish I could get a larger tank, but at petco and Petsmart they cost like $60. it's way overpriced!

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