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Old 07-04-2011, 08:12 PM   #1 
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Question Sand not settling! Can the betta still go in?

I have a 3 gallon tank and i bought some sand for it today. Well i rinsed it but it doesn't settle. Can i place my betta in the tank before it finishes settling or not?
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:18 PM   #2 
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Yeah thats what happened the first time I get fresh sand... I usually wait about a day and if it hasnt settled I still put my fish in... do you have a filter going or have you used one of those de-clouder things? Sometimes those help. And I have put in delicate fish in without the sand completely settled with no ill effects yet.. but thats just me
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yeah i have a filter and it came with the declouder that i put in. the problem is that i don't really have another tank for the fish to live in for a day. i 'll wait an hour and see what happens.
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Usually it will take a while if its grey brown kinda milky like then its dust that hasnt settled and he should be okay, if you still see sand particles floating around then dont put him him.
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k thank u
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:53 PM   #6 
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i just bought this to go along with the white sand.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:56 PM   #7 
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Oh very nice I really love that little bridge... like I want to steal it... lol I love sand too its great and its so much easier to clean I think. Be sure to make sure there no methane buildup though!
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i'll keep an eye, thanks for the warning. I'm gonna do a whole "Pirates Beach" theme.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:05 AM   #9 
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Ha ha thats cute love to see photo's when its done and its really easy if you have plants in the sand they will take care of it for you if you dont just poke with something the sand I'd say every few weeks so gas can escape.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:17 AM   #10 
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Sometimes a little (very little) pinch of epsom salts will encourage the settling of dust in the water. We're talking less than a half teaspoon to ten gallons so the amount equal to your betta's morning meal is about right in a 1.

You'll be swapping this out later when you do a water change, so its not a long term worry.
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