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Old 12-18-2010, 08:50 PM   #1 
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Question Sand? Yes, No, Maybe?

Well. My newest female HM (no name so far) doesnt seem to want to get along with her little sorority pals..so..Her new home will now be a 2.5g pet carrier tank..
I have gravel at hand (not the color I want to use tehe)..but I was thinking about going with sand..? so how would I go about cleaning the sand (never had sand bottom)
note: a filter + heater will be added, as well as fake plants & a live floating plant.
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:00 PM   #2 
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Are you cycling?
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:02 PM   #3 
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Yes.. I will only cycle for about a week though.. It is only a 2.5g
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:07 PM   #4 
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Well it can be difficult to keep it clean but it should be okay. To help clean it you can get some ghost shrimps or something. Also, you'll probably clean it by using a turkey baster, a gravel vac would suck up too much sand. Be sure to keep it really stirred up (Always shift the sands surface) To make sure that it doesn't get too dirty. Good luck with the cycle and the sand!
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:13 PM   #5 
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I have heard about using the turkey baster so I try that out. Thank you!
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:20 PM   #6 
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Be carful with the sand, i had a betta for 3 years and it had gotten sick and as a present for when it got better was a whole new decked out tank, with sand, plants, hidey hole ect, and soon as i put him in, he only layed at the bottom and didnt eat for about 6 days, i did some reserch and found that he could have eaten some of the sand and died from it... if this is the case i would say be careful, bettas are normaly not the type to eat of the bottom of the tank but mine do so yea just watch out for that :)
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:21 PM   #7 
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Oh and thanks baylee 767 didnt know about the turkey baster! my spilt tank is a b*ch to clean so this could help out alot ^.^
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:28 PM   #8 
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I love the look of sand but mannnn it is difficult to keep clean lol, after 6 months I have gone back to using gravel What I did to clean, was use the siphon of the gravel vac and just hover over the top of the sand, this will suck up the debris You could try and get a darker shade of sand, this wont show up the debris as much as a lighter colour would
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