Earlier today I got fussed at by someone (not from this site that I know of) for keeping my betta in a 1 gallon critter keeper, for having a plastic plant, and for having gravel in the keeper.
They said a bare bottom, and either silk or java moss is a must, no options.
This got me rather mad, they jumped on me in a way that seemed really rude, I think there are nicer ways of telling people how to properly care for a betta.
I don't like looking at bare bottom aquariums, its a pet-peeve of mine. I like nicely decorated aquariums.
But, it did make me wonder, how many people use sand, gravel, or marbles? I've always used gravel, with all my fish experience. I'm am interested in sand, but I see it as a hassle, but for my sweet little Cici, its worth it.
And just for the record, Cici is quite happy in her 1 gallon critter keeper, the plastic plant hasn't harmed her at all, she enjoys swimming around, and is always eager for food, and I keep her water clean. Her color has also improved since I brought her home, I had no idea just how orange and red she was! (she was peach and orangey red when I got her, now she's a vivid orange and dark red fins)
Anyway, getting off topic here.
Whats better in all of your opinions? Sand? Gravel? Or other stuff?
I plan and hope to make a 10 gal for Cici, and start a sorority with it (if I do this, I won't put her in it until I get other females.)
Note: And about the plastic plant bit, I'm getting silk plants the next time I go out.