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Old 09-22-2011, 10:23 AM   #1 
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Question How much gravel (gems, marbles, etc.)?

How many lbs of substrate is needed per gallon?
I'm planning on buying a 3 gallon Critter Keeper, but when I do, I'm not sure how much substrate I'll need.

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Old 09-22-2011, 09:06 PM   #2 
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I tried to find it here on the forum but I'm having a hard time at it. :P
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:11 PM   #3 
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I'm not sure about a smaller tanks, but I was told 1 pound of sand for my bigger tank. But really just enough to cover the bottom is what you need.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:26 PM   #4 
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With my 2 gallon Fluval Spec I bought 1 pound of black gravel with it. I used about roughly 3/4 of it and the rest was extra. Unless you're going to put a lot of gravel a pound should be enough to be honest.

More gravel = less water. I only placed enough so I could root my fake plants in place. So yeah, a pound should be enough for you, depends how much you want in there though~
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Ok thanks you guys sooo much! I'm still getting my total costs all figured out. ;) Campaign Betta is moving along!
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:32 PM   #6 
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Wow, are you parents that strict? Usually Bettas are not as expensive as other fishes. The reason why the costs adds up is because of the heater/filter, since you're buying a Kritter Keeper. . .

It only gets expensive when you buy a big tank and live plants, especially live plants, they can rack up a few hundred dollars. But yeah, you should only hit around the $150 mark, probably not even there.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:41 PM   #7 
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It's not strictness or anything. I think they think I have too many pets. I have a hyper 5 month old Golden, and a Cockatiel. And we also have three other dogs in the house. Both of my sisters have their own (small dogs) and my mom owns a small dog. He's 8 and getting grouchy in his old age. But shhhh! Don't tell him! We keep telling him he's a puppy, maybe we'll get him convinced one of these days. ;)
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