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Old 02-18-2011, 06:19 AM   #1 
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Weird Sand Question...

Ok so right now I have hermit crabs but I am planning on getting rid of them. They say hermit crabs are easy to take care of! Huh! What a lie! Anyways so I have all these left over aquarium decor and sand and a 10g tank. I think my betta would be so much happier in there. Is there anything I can do to make the sand and decor clean? Like bleaching it or something? The package said not to bake the sand so is there any other way of making it betta-safe? And about the tank, is there any way of making it betta-safe? Thank you!
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:29 PM   #2 
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Any ideas? Going to the pet store today.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:39 PM   #3 
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Well if your hermit crabs weren't sick and you didn't use anything harmful in their tank for a betta, then it should be fine.....BUT I haven't taken care of Hermit crabs (I want to sometime, I love crabs, they are so cute), so I may not know what i'm talking about.....haha
It might be better to save the sand for something else and just get some new sand.
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Ok well whatever, the sand is pretty gross to reuse anyways, would I be at least able to use the tank?
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:53 PM   #5 
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I know you could use the tank!
Just hose it down (pressure washing it with the hose will ruin the aquarium sealant...I did that, lol) and rinse/clean is with vinegar & olive oil mixed together, it gets rid of stains and dirtyness. You could use bleach too if not the other, and scrub it down, but using olive oil and vinegar also helps get rid of any access bleach that may stick. Just rinse tons.
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Great! Thank you!
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:05 PM   #7 
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Yourwelcome, ^_^
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:04 PM   #8 
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BlackberryBetta,

Sand isn't just sand anymore... a lot of sands contain additives that are supposed to be good for the specific animal it was formulated for - but might not be good for freshwater fish. And certain breeds of fish require the sand grains to be of a specific size.

If you decide to use the hermit sand in the freshwater tank, call or e-mail the sand company to find out if there's any drawbacks to using it that way.
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