I know it's not their natural habitat, but I like a natural "Amazon" look to it. Lots of plants, places to hide. I decided a long time ago to stop buying gravel that looked like clown puke, and my tanks are all the better for it. My feeling is the more natural the tank looks and feels, the better my fish will be. That way I'm bedazzled by my fish's' natural beauty, and the result is greater than the sum of its parts.
The only time I ever stepped out of that "natural" look was when I built Boba's tank. Black gravel, green plants, with a brilliantly red fish an a giant white crocodile skull. <-- You can see it all in my avatar. I love the contrast the colors provide, and it's easily my favorite tank, aesthetically. It also helps that it has NEVER gotten filthy. Even when I stir up the gravel, I'll see one or two bloodworms and some detritus, but otherwise clean. Boba is a neat freak I guess.
Last edited by RiverStoneBetta; 04-19-2011 at 10:02 AM.
lol... ooo i just got an idea...... Sand mixed with Glow in the Dark Gravel.... hmmm
so how does bambo work? ive been told that you cant submerge it completely (which defeats the purpose lol)....how fast do they grow,
i was thinking about getting 3-5 of them and staggering them throughout one side of the tank, and rig some floating plants between them to make like a garden for the betta to swim through and hide in......make sense?
Bamboo really is only worth thinking about if you have a shallow tank. Even then, it all depends on the species of bamboo you get. We grow a little bit in my kitchen, and it takes forever. However, we have bamboo, which we thought was river cane, in our back yard that grows at a mind-boggling rate.
And I used to have neon pink gravel in my goldfish tank until I got completely sick of it, and thrashed the entire tank, replacing it with natural riverstone. I tossed the excess in our back yard, and every so often, I see a patch of pink in the back, haunting me.