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Old 11-22-2010, 09:26 PM   #1 
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Sand for betta tank?

Hi all,

Can anyone suggest a specific brand and type of sand to use for our betta's tank? We are using Seachem Flourite gravel now b/c we thought it was good for the plants, but now we're thinking it might be too sharp for our betta. We are considering switching to sand, but not sure what type and brand to buy? Any wisdom to lend?

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Old 11-23-2010, 10:10 AM   #2 
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Anything but live sand will work. You'll need to wash it really well.

And add the sand before the water and use like a small plate to poor the water on instead of dumping the water straight into the sand. It will be a little cloudy at first but will soon settle. I use 15-18lbs of sand per 10gallon.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:47 AM   #3 
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Thank you, Alexander. Can you tell us what you mean by "live sand"...?
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:31 PM   #4 
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live sand is the sort of sand used in marine tanks.

Fluorite shouldn't hurt your bettas fins, if you have any plastic plants, if he's stressed, or the water has too much ammonia it is possible your betta is tail biting, has ripped his tail on something else, or has tail rot. As for sand, play sand or even pool filter sand is fine in tanks.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:48 PM   #5 
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Go to your local fish shop and they will point you in the right direction. Ive heard of people using industrial sand and having success with it but I prefer and suggest you use sand designed for aquariums.
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Old 11-26-2010, 01:29 PM   #6 
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would clean play sand work?
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:51 PM   #7 
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That is the only kind of sand I use in my aquariums to cap the soil in my NPT's...cheap playsand from walmart or Ace hardware...
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:04 PM   #8 
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I use play sand that I got from my local supermarket (much cheaper than the "special aquarium sand" from my LFS).I use it in my Betta & shrimp tank and they dont have any problems with it.

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Old 11-28-2010, 02:48 PM   #9 
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Thanks, guys!
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:48 PM   #10 
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How much sand should you put on gravel or soil when you're capping it?
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