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View Poll Results: Which do you use for your betta tank(s)?
Sand 13 18.31%
Gravel 37 52.11%
Marbles 9 12.68%
Other 3 4.23%
Mixed 7 9.86%
Nothing, clean barebottom glass. 2 2.82%
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:40 PM   #11 
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I've used gravel since I first got my betta, but I've had bad experiences with it. I don't know if I just didn't clean it enough, or what, but every time I cleaned his tank and put the gravel back in, the tank was foggy the next day. I switched to marbles, because I figured they'd be easier to clean, and so far, it's not foggy. I've had them for a couple days now.

To be honest, though, I wouldn't try sand. It may look pretty, but I think it would be a real pain to take out and put back in when you clean the tank.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:03 PM   #12 
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I'm one of the few bare-bottom people it seems :P I had gravel, but since I live in a dorm with one bathroom for the whole floor, I would have to carry the heavy tank down the hall to the bathroom. And it was a pain to get the poo and food out of the gravel.

So I'm bare bottom tank person for convince purposes. But I am considering painting the glass bottom blue or black! :)
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:10 AM   #13 
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Some people like to talk, or type, just to try and prove how smart they are. They respond to a simple question with a list of 15 things that you need to purchase, or what you're doing wrong. They are everywhere...including this site.
Idiots.

In any case..I use gravel. I used to have planted tanks using eco-complete, but I really prefer the gravel.
I have one boy in a small tank..under 2. I tossed a handful of gravel in from a larger tank and a few small pebbles.
I'd say that for larger tanks, I prefer gravel but small tanks that need frequent 100% changes, I like the bare or 'marbles' bottom...purely for ease of cleaning.
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I planted a few small crypts in little terra cotta pots( from the dollar store). I have those in the small tank to offer hidey places and leaves to rest on. You just remove the whole pot for cleaning! it's great.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:21 AM   #14 
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I sure hope I'm not one of them. I used to have gravel but it made a mess, or rather, I made a mess with it. lol I have bare bottomed tanks because they're easier to clean. To each his own.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:19 PM   #15 
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I voted gravel cause thats what i use in my 3 and my 2 and a half gallon tanks. But its kinda borring. (Picture shown, kinda dark sorry)

I have this big thing of bright marbels i wanna put in the 5 gallon im gonna get but i dont know if its safe (Picture shown, it would be kool)
Would those marbels be safe in a fish tank? (ya, id clean em up)
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:14 AM   #16 
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I use a mixture of marbles and gravel in one tank. All blues and whites. I like the marbles but needed the gravel to help hold down the plants. Ended up liking the way it looks! My other 2 tanks have gravel. I also do not like the way a bare bottom tank looks. I used sand when I was into reefkeeping, not interested in using that for freshwater. I tried using live plants but really didn't know what I was doing and have gone back to silk. Sounds like your fish is happy and you are concerned about herwelfare - that's the best you can do!
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:09 PM   #17 
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[quote=kgplucker;619783]I use a mixture of marbles and gravel in one tank. All blues and whites. I like the marbles but needed the gravel to help hold down the plants. Ended up liking the way it looks! My other 2 tanks have gravel. I also do not like the way a bare bottom tank looks. I used sand when I was into reefkeeping, not interested in using that for freshwater. I tried using live plants but really didn't know what I was doing and have gone back to silk. Sounds like your fish is happy and you are concerned about herwelfare - that's the best you can do![/QUOTE

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