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  1. Betta Fish Care
    Hi guys, This may sound like a ridiculous concern, but I was planting a few small Sagittaria subulata sprigs in my betta's tank, and while doing so, some of the underneath substrate (a small white gravel - larger than a grain of sand, but some are about the size of a betta pellet) floated to...
  2. Planted Betta Tanks
    Hello! I have a Fluval Spec V, and I'm trying to get it set up for my betta. When I put in the substrate (Flourite Black Sand), it got super cloudy - image attached. Its been this way for at least a day, and there has been zero change. I've done a couple of water changes just to see if it would...
  3. Planted Betta Tanks
    I recently bought my 5 gallon tank and wanted to do a planted aquarium. I chose sand as a substrate because it looks nice, and I think it helps plants grow. I forgot to rinse my sand(National Geographic Aquarium Substrate, White) and the water clouded up like crazy. I let the tank sit for 1 and...
  4. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Today, I got tired of my fake set-up and wanted to give my little betta boy some life in his tank. I bought sand and three live plants, but now the water is really cloudy. I let the filter run on high intensity setting for about half an hour before I put him in and turned it off completely to...
  5. Other Fish
    Hello Yesterday I got the 'bright' idea to add two baby Ramshorn snails to my 4g with sand for a substrate. The MTS and Bladder snails loved it, so I thought that they would like it too. Wrong. Today, one of the two was in the font of the tank not moving. Inside of the shell was about 5 little...
  6. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello! I just purchased a bag of white PetCo aquarium sand after seeing how much my roommate likes it. Right away when I opened the bag I noticed a paint smell, and even after several rinses (swirling around the water and pouring off the clouds that form) it still smells of paint. Does this...
  7. Betta Fish Care
    I recently moved from a house to an apartment in another city, and after hearing how gross the local city water was (my friend had it tested and found high amounts of cadmium and fecal matter.... yuck!) I opted to buy filtered water from the store. It was Primo brand, the kind you can walk in...
  8. Planted Betta Tanks
    Hi, I would like to change my 2 10g tanks over to fully planted tanks. Right now, I have a mix of live and fake plants, some which should be planted in substrate (but aren't yet :-? ) and some which are attached to decor (java fern) and some floaters. What I would like to do is remove the...
  9. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello all! I bought some Tahitian Moon Sand since it was recommended by a few users, and I'm curious if I can use my gravel vacuum the same way for sand. Another question: should I use only sand, or should I have sand with a layer of gravel on top? I'm thinking of adding African Dwarf Frogs to...
  10. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I'm about to set up a divided 10 gallon, and I think I want to use sand for the substrate. I've got gravel in one tank and rocks in the other, and I don't care for either of them very much. I want something that will look nice, be easy to plant things in if I want to, and will be easy to...
  11. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So recently I attempted a planted tank, and completely botched it up. I purchased some wonderful mineralized topsoil from bamaplants.com, but for whatever reason we didn't completely cap it. So after realizing that mistake, we drained the water and completely capped it, but there's still "mud...
  12. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hi guys, I recently bought a 10g to split for two male bettas and am slowing acquiring all the things needed for it, I love the look of sand in tanks, but I am worried my bettas (and friends) may not do well in sand.. so this is what I am wondering about... will bettas eat the sand? if they do...
  13. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    While I'm twiddling my thumbs in anticipation of my fluval spec v arriving in the mail, I was wondering if I could get some feedback. Should I do black or white sand? I felt that poop and other fun things fell through gravel and river rock too easily so I switched in my previous tank and I...
  14. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hi! I've got a ten gallon divided tank with two male bettas. The tank is cycled, all water levels are normal. 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, and ~10ppm nitrate. The boys, Leo and Vanuchi seem completely fine, I don't see any changes in behavior. I've got live plants but I'm not experiencing any...
  15. Planted Betta Tanks
    I'd really like to add a bit of black sand to my two planted tanks. Both tanks are cycled, and have been set up for a few months now. They have bettas and snails. How would I go about adding new sand? Just drain the tanks and dump it in around the plants? Should I take the fish and snails out...
  16. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    My LFS has black sand, but it's $15 for a bag and I just didn't want to drop that much on a 5.5 gallon's worth of sand. So I bought what they called "black beauty" obsidian sand. It was a lot cheaper. It's kind of shiny, and I rolled some between my fingers and it's not sharp like one would...
  17. Planted Betta Tanks
    Okay here's the deal, I've had the tanks for about a year now and I want to add live plants (I may have jumped the gun and bought some already without thinking it through) but I know absolutely nothing about aquatic plants. My questions are: 1. the tank comes with a 15w incandescent light...
  18. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I got a new betta today and I'm debating on which one to use until I get my 5 gallon tank set up. the picture attached is my new betta he's a double tailed.
  19. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hey! I have some questions and I was hoping some of you wonderful and so filled with betta knowledge could help me. Anyhoo, I have a 10 gal now for Splash. Which by the way he loves it!!! So active and happy! Well now that I have a bigger tank all for him I am becoming highly interested in...
  20. Other Fish
    I ordered Eco Complete Planted Black aquarium substrate from Petco to use in my 20 gallon cory tank. I will be getting lots of plants, so I thought it would be good. I thought it was sand, but it came today and it's actually small gravel. I'm worried that it's going to be too rough on my...
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